The Doors Series
According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) the term “fire door” has the following meaning: “The door component of a fire door assembly. ” A “fire door assembly” is defined as: “Any combination of a fire door, frame, hardware, and other accessories that together provide a specific degree of fire protection to the opening.” ... Read the article . . .
The “peeling/cracking/no paint” 1 door deficiency is another bit of instruction writing that is difficult to understand. The original definition was written in this way, precisely: reference Damaged Surface – Holes/Paint/Rusting/Glass (Doors) Deficiency: You see damage to the door surface that: may affect either the surface protection or the strength of the door -OR- may ... Read the article . . .
Doors that have rust “that affects the integrity of the door surface” reference are supposed to be cited during the REAC inspection. Note that the amount of rust is to be subjectively quantified in the field by the REAC inspector. There are, of course, many times when it is clear that the amount of rust ... Read the article . . .
The door photographed at right is supposed to be cited because of the hole left by the removed hardware. reference Here are more photographic examples of holes left by door hardware. Duplication of Deficiencies It is worth knowing that there is an argument to be made for not recording two deficiencies — a deficiency citation for missing ... Read the article . . .
Locks are not required on doors but if a lock was installed it is supposed to be inspected to ensure that it functions as designed reference Some door locks are not subject to inspection but the instructions from HUD on this matter are unclear reference and see the Door Locks: Not Required vs. Missing article ... Read the article . . .
Consider the following paragraph from page 26 of HUDs REAC Compilation Bulletin Locks are not required on doors, but if a lock was installed it must be inspected to ensure that it functions as designed with three exceptions: (1) Common Area interior doors (not unit entry) may have missing locks; (2) 504 units may have ... Read the article . . .
Doors with damaged or missing hardware are supposed to be recorded as a deficiency during the REAC inspection. reference Sometimes the deficiencies are less dramatic than those in the photographs above. Sometimes it’s simply a door that won’t latch because its strikeplate is misaligned and sometimes it’s a door with self‑closing hardware that doesn’t self‑close. ... Read the article . . .
During the REAC inspection all doors are supposed to be tested for correct operation. reference And, so doors that have hardware like the ones in the photos below will be tested by the REAC inspector. The inspector will open the door, and will let go. The self‑closing hardware is supposed to close and latch the ... Read the article . . .
A missing door is a REAC deficiency when there is evidence that a door use to exist. reference Even if a resident removed a door in a residential unit without the property management’s knowledge 1 it’s just a closet door the “missing” door is right there, propped up next to its frame reference you “never ... Read the article . . .