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Ashitaka

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Icon 11 posted November 22, 2013 07:27      Profile for Ashitaka     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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In an effort to improve accessibility for people with disabilities, the city's building code will now require that new buildings have levers, not knobs, on all their doors.
I feel for the disabled but what about raptors!

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Icon 1 posted November 22, 2013 09:32      Profile for Ashitaka     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Oh, lost the link,, this is somewhere in canada , like toronto, but not toronto, I don't think.

EDIT

found anouther Link.

/ pulls out hand held tape recorder like Norm Macdonald used to do

Note to self: avoid raptor hunting ground previously know as vancouver!

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Icon 1 posted November 22, 2013 10:10      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Not just the disabled, have you ever tried working a door knob while wearing 3 layers of moose-skin gloves?

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Icon 1 posted November 22, 2013 15:23      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
My old boss once told me that that's a modern requirement in US building code, and would be applicable for new construction or major renovations. The code basically says that a person must be able to open a door with about half an arm. As such, many points of egress either have levers or crash bars.

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GrumpySteen

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Icon 1 posted November 22, 2013 20:40      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It's not part of the building code in the US, but rather part of the ADA. Public buildings have to be handicapped accessible and round doorknobs are inaccessible to people without hands. Private dwellings aren't subject to the ADA, so round doorknobs are still okay here.

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Icon 1 posted November 23, 2013 16:53      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Oh, my bad. I knew it had to do with ADA, but I thought that applied to nearly all new construction. My old boss (formally trained as a civil engineer) mostly did stuff that involved large places (mostly corporate) that I imagine fell under ADA's auspices. It seems to me to be a commonsense move to build things in this manner whenever possible, as I can't imagine the costs are that great today, and you just don't know who's going to need increased access as the years go by.

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Icon 1 posted November 23, 2013 17:19      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
At the time we had this house built I was already 60+, so I asked for extra wide doors and lever handles. The oldest cat can jump on a handle and pull it down, however she does not know how to pull the doors open. This house is built for a Grampa and Gramma.

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Icon 1 posted November 23, 2014 16:12      Profile for quantumfluff     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
+1 for being able to hold a mug of coffee in each hand and open a lever.
-1 for catching a belt loop on the lever at least once a year and ripping it off my pants. Not kidding - I'm a uberklutz.

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I applaud Vancouver's efforts to end discrimination against raptors.

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