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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?


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