Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 08:44:37 -0500

Author: Laurent Hodges

Subject: Door wedges


>-Believe it of not door wedges/holdbacks to keep the doors open
>are a super big issue. Most professors like to keep their office
>doors open. Due to the occupancy requirements here, the Life Safety Code
>requires the doors to be kept closed. All doors have a closure.
>The professors use a wedge to hold the doors open or have removed the
>The Fire Marshall freaks out. If you can afford it, magnetic holdbacks tied
>to the fire alarm system is the way to go. Much cheaper to do during

I teach in a big lecture hall for 250 students. It has no doors directly
to the outdoors. I like the main door open. The Fire Marshal insisted it
be kept closed. He removed the door stop and I started using a wedge.
Then the wedge was taken away and I began using a lead brick. The Fire
Marshal was not happy.

I assured him that if I ever heard a fire alarm the first thing I would do
would be to run to the door and close it by kicking the brick out of the
way, to make it harder to leave. He gave up.

Laurent Hodges, Professor of Physics
12 Physics Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-3160