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    Default Nails in turnout gear?

    In this months firehouse in the article about what to carry in your gear, I saw about 10 nails rubber banded together. I skimmed the article and didn't see an explanation.

    Can someone tell me what these are for?

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    Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that they are used to wedge doors. By sticking to nail in the door hinge it'll keep the door open. NOT very stable though.

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    Fluted concrete nails......place on hinge side of door.

    Point goes toward the door, head goes toward the jamb.

    Place nail and pull door toward jamb, this will set the point into the door, which will keep it in place, and door will not close. Smaller than wood chocks. 2 and a half to 3 inch nails.

    As you can see, you can carry a bunch in a smal space...for those with traditional style helmets with a tube around it, they can also be stuck in there for quick access.

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    I heard of putting a nail in the wall and bending it over the edge of the door to hold it open. From what I here it works pretty good.
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    We do alot of Compactor and Rubbish in the halls at Projects. The nails are a quick and cheap way of chocking the bulkhead doors....sometimes 21 floors up. That way we can take up right away and not get called back for smoke in the building. We dont use them too much at a regular job. Usually we'll block the bulkhead open with something on the roof (tar bucket,cinder block etc.) or take the door off the hinge.

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    I recently purchased one of these from DCFD Engine 10's website. www.10engine.com

    Yes it's not as cheap as nails but I feel better having this hunk of metal chocking the door.

    And it fits under the tube on my helmet.

    Thanks to the Brothers at The Dime for sharing these with the rest of us!
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    We used to make those door hinge openers out of angle iron and small metal stock. They really aren't too difficult to make with a bit of ingenuity.
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    I know a FF who carries them cause he always forgets to bring them up a ladder to cover windows and vent holes in the roof. I guess he got sick of having to run back down the ladder.
    Seems kind of strange to me.
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