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How to Force Entry on Commercial Doors

How to Force Entry on Commercial Doors

Here’s the scene: You arrive late at night at a single-story strip mall with reinforced masonry walls, open web steel joist and no sprinkler system. There’s smoke and fire showing through the large front windows. The battalion chief’s strategy is to get inside (offensive) and knock this down ASAP. The rear door (side C) is used mostly for deliveries during business hours and is locked at other times—like now. You know from your inspections that the door is equipped with a panic bar, even though there are no hardware clues (e.g., bolt heads) on the outside. Your assignment is to get this door open to provide horizontal ventilation as well as an alternate means of escape for crews.

There are several conventional ways to force this door open: 1) prying the latch out of the frame; 2) cutting it down with a rotary saw and metal-cutting blade; and 3) taking/cutting the hinges. But what about other methods that aren’t quite so conventional? Here, I’ll address how the panic bar can be used to force entry as well as simple solutions for other common commercial entry challenges.How to Force Entry on Commercial Doors

An Unconventional Method: Find the Panic Bar (See Disengage the Panic Bar slideshow)
Lately, my department has been taking advantage of all the area business closures by experimenting on different ways to force these doors using only a Halligan and flat-head ax. Our approach starts with the panic bar. You want to pierce the door a few inches above the panic bar. We know that the bar itself is about 40 to 42 inches up from the bottom of the door (or in the middle of the door). For me, this is about waist high, so I use this as a landmark to get me close.

The next issue: how to make a hole in the steel door to get the Halligan through. You can drive the forks through by hammering the Halligan bar. If you chose this approach, start the forks on their corner to easily establish a purchase point. Another way to start an insertion point is to drive the spike in and then switch over to the forks. These techniques work and you should try them, but also try the method depicted in the accompanying slideshow—it is much faster and easier.

Specifically, strike the door with the blade of the ax. It will go through one (if not both) layers quickly and easily. If it does not get through both layers, strike the ax with the Halligan. Once the opening is made, insert the Halligan in the hole and drive it through to the other side. Once the Halligan is inserted a couple of inches past the forks, push up and then pull the door outward to open it. The forks should catch the bar and disengage the latches.

Commercial Door Hinges (See Overcome Commercial Door Hinges slideshow)
Hinges can also be overcome with hand tools. When struck with a sledge hammer or flathead ax, the hardened steel hinge will perform like a cold chisel against the screws holding up the door. The hinge will shear off the heads of the screws, allowing the door to be opened. Note: Strike all the hinges—high, middle and low.

Aluminum/Glass Store-Front Doors (See Forcing Aluminum/Glass Store-Front Doors slideshow)
Aluminum and glass store-front doors can be a formidable challenge, unless you know a little about how they’re installed. Most of these doors use either a spring-loaded hinge pin or a continuous hinge. Doors that use the spring-loaded hinge pin assembly (usually at the very top and bottom of the door) offer us an easy and simple method of entry.

Place your Halligan at the bottom of the door (hinge side) and lift up. The spring-loaded pin will catch and depress itself, allowing the door to fall open from the hinge side. You’ll have to negotiate the latch, but it will open enough to get the operation started. Be sure to secure this door back by tying it off; in other words, make sure it doesn’t clamp your hose or get in the way of a hasty retreat.

Final Thoughts – How to Force Entry on Commercial Doors
Combine your knowledge of building/door construction, conventional forcible entry, through-the-lock entry, and power tool applications to ensure that there’s nothing stopping you from getting to the fire. Proficiency with hand tools, some imagination and knowing how buildings work will get you through most any forcible-entry challenge.

 

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Sliding glass door blinds are meant for to be used for a few very important points that include privacy, interior design, comfort and capturing just the right amount of lighting from the outside. Imagine having a beach house and watching the sunset beam through your blinds and covering you in a warm safe glow of light that completely transforms your home into paradise. Using sliding glass door blinds in just the right way can capture any dramatic moment while giving you peace of mind from unwanted onlookers from outside. Call Sliding Glass Door Repair Richmond Hill  for a fast – same day service!

 

The best part about this is that you have ample options open to you in the form of fabrics, vinyl, wood and aluminum designs and textures. Each specially tailored to your home interior decorations. If interior design is your forte then your sliding glass door with blinds can be a perfect complement to any statues or architectural features that you’re showcasing around the various rooms that have sliding glass door with blinds.

 

There are however certain issues that do surface when choosing blinds as your choice of window decor. The most common issue would be that difficulty in choosing whether to hang up any of these three options:

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  2. Vertical Blinds
  3. Curtains or Drapes

 

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The actual color and design should obviously be chosen beforehand so that you can narrow down your choices. Horizontal blinds seem to be more popular, probably because they’re very easy to manage but once you retract them you have only empty space left. Horizontal designs usually look best in studies, offices and such because they’re not practical for doorways that have constant traffic.

 

Vertical blinds are fast becoming a common home accessory due to their extreme usefulness and functionality. Unlike horizontal blinds these are perfect for doorways that are used frequently like patio glass sliding doors. Some brands feature the ability to open to the right, left and split between the middle. This convenient feature allows you to direct the sun as and to where you need it while maintaining a certain sense of privacy.

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Sliding glass door curtains or drapes are quite tricky in this scenario. Because curtains and drapes have been around for so long this industry has just about covered every type of look you can imagine, which is why if you choose carefully these can be a fitting addition to your glass sliding doors. While using sliding glass door curtains have its benefits its best recommended to only use them subtly over sliding doors which already have existing blinds.

 

The fact of the matter is that blinds do look better and have a more aesthetically pleasing look and feel in almost any home. The only downsides to installing blinds are that you might have trouble finding the right sizes to suit your room/s. Always make sure to pay attention to ensuring that you have the exact measurements of the blinds that you require. The last things you want are sliding glass door blinds that are either too short or long.

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