1. What is acceptable
under the ADA for door hardware?
Section 4.13.9 Door Hardware. Handles, pulls, latches and
other operating devices on accessible doors shall have a shape
that is easy to grasp with one hand and does not require tight
grasping, tight pinching or twisting of the wrist to operate.
Lever-operated mechanisms, and U-shaped handles are acceptable
designs. When sliding doors are fully opened, operating
hardware shall be exposed and usable from both sides. Hardware
required for accessible door passage shall be mounted no
higher than 48 inches (1220) above the finished floor.
2. What makes an accessible door?
A door must have a clear width of 32 inches (IBC 1003.3.1.1,
A117.1 404.2.3). Doorways must also provide an 80 inch clear
height, with door closers not allowed to reduce the clear
height to less than 78 inches (IBC 1003.2.5.1). Because of the
difficulties that a person with physical disabilities would
have in opening two doors simultaneously, the 32 inch minimum
width must be provided by a single door leaf when the doorway
consists of a pair of leaves (IBC 1003.3.1.1, A117.1 404.2.2).
Special considerations are given for power-operated doors. If
a double door is power operated, the 32 inch clear width may
be provided by both doors (IBC 1003.1.3.2(3), A117.1 404.3.1)
3. What is the proper way to
hang a door?