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Fire Code Friday: Latches

September 17, 2021

TGIFire Code Friday! Per NFPA 80 (6.4.4), all single doors and active leaves of pairs in a means of egress shall have a latch bolt that cannot be held retracted. Remember, two of the major requirements for fire doors are to self-close and self-latch.

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Fire Code Friday: Hinges

September 3, 2021

TGIFire Code Friday! NFPA 80 6.4 requires that (2) hinges be used on doors up to 60 inches in height. One additional hinge should be used per each additional 30 inches (or fraction) of door height. If you have any tall doors, this may require 4 or more hinges.

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Water Issues?

September 1, 2021

The remnants of Hurricane Ida are heading our way today. How are your doors are holding up to the rain? Do you notice any water coming inside? Weatherstripping and door sweeps can keep moisture out, while also maintaining interior temperature during weather changes.

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Fire Code Friday: Inspection Time!

August 27, 2021

Are you ready for inspection? To meet NFPA 80: *labels must be visible and legible *no holes or surface breaks in the door or frame *clearances between door and frame are within allowable limits *door, frame, hinges and hardware are secure, aligned and in working order *self-closing device is operational *latching hardware operates and securely […]

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FedLock in Action: Continuous Hinges

August 18, 2021

This week, we completed a large door project that included 32 continuous hinges. This installation was at a large shopping center that receives high-volume foot traffic. We removed the standard hinges and installed continuous hinges at the major entrances to alleviate current issues and prevent future problems from occurring. This relatively simple piece of hardware […]

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Fire Code Friday: Hold-Open Devices

August 6, 2021

TGIFire Code Friday! Today, let’s review NFPA 101 (7.2.1.8 ) which states that doors in a means of egress shall be self-closing and shall not be secured in the open position. An exception is when the hold-open device becomes self-closing upon losing power. Do you have questions about your fire doors or hardware? Call us!

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Celebrating 31 years of the ADA

July 27, 2021

The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 31 years old this week! We can support your efforts to meet ADA compliance. Contact us to learn more about how hardware such levers, thresholds, and automatic operators make your building accessible to all tenants and visitors.

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FedLock In Action: Closers and Air Pressure

July 20, 2021

This time of year, we get calls about doors in commercial and multi-family buildings that are not fully closing. This is often caused by rushing air flow imbalances, due to strong, streaming commercial air conditioning units running 24/7. That being said, the door closer should do it’s job. The existing door closer could be the […]

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Fire Code Friday: Self Closing with Smoke Detectors

July 16, 2021

TGIFire Code Friday! Today, we look at NFPA 101 (7.2.1.8) which states that doors in a means of egress shall be self-closing and shall not be secured in the open position. An exception is if the releasing mechanism is activated by approved smoke detectors installed per NFPA 72. Check back next week for additional information!

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