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    Question Truck work made easy?

    Well, not really, but I stumbled across this the other day and found the idea rather interesting.
    http://www.buildingdesign.co.uk/facil-group5/bilco/
    Anyone have any experience in dealing with these?

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    A school in my district that was just build about a year ago had somthing similar installed in the stairwells and elevator shafts, they open after a thermostat is tripped, i think it is set for 160 degrees.
    put the wet stuff on the hot stuff.

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    All three of our fire stations and several buildings in the city have them. Make venting a thirty second job if they are over the area you want vented that is.
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    Alot of the new buildings in and around are still district has these. We had to open one the other day for a motor overheat. It would of worked great except it was froze shut. Had to do a little gentle care opening ( Ok beat it a little). But if there would of been a real fire, I am sure that it may not of been frozen. Stay Safe
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    There is a school just outside of our area that has the same kind of thing in the auditorium, over the stage. It was built in the late 70's so I guess this isnt a new idea.

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    A lot of building codes require these over stages and auditoriums due to hazard class and propensity of fires in these areas. The only reason I'm seeing these is that we do a lot of fire sprinkler installations in schools (and everyone's building schools with ridiculously huge auditoriums now) - so they're relatively commonplace as far as that's concerned.

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    our Jr high/spare gym has them to get to the mechanical room if I recall correctly.
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    I'm pretty sure that all of out hi-rises have something similar in the stairwells. They have fusible links and will open when they reach a certain temp. I have never seen one open but was told not to be around one on the roof if it happens. They said it "flings" open with a tremendous force and will break bones.

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    cfdeng3,

    You are correct...I was on the roof of a building once where we had to force one of these open. For some reason the fan activated but it didn't open. Well the guy who forced it almost got killed by it snapping up into the open position.

    Stay back of these things.

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    Thumbs up FFFred has it Right..............

    These are not unusual in our district either, we even have 2 in the station ourselves. BIG POINT, as Fred noted, watch which way they open, and force (ONLY when necessary) them from the ENDS, while standing on the roof. DO NOT STAND ON THE DOOR.
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    Nope, haven't seen any in my area. It's a shame though, looks like a good idea.
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    The ones that I'm familiar with have release cable on the inside that you could reach up and open with a hook. That would of course depend on fire conditions.

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    At a factory I used to work at they had something similar...Except that water pressure activated it. Or should I say lack of water pressure. I have never seen it used for its intended design but it is tied into the sprinkler system by the riser...there was a second pipe running to the door and the water pressure held the latch in place...when it dropped the latch would pop open that the door would pop open too. Nice thing is that only the section(s) of the plant affected would "pop the door" bad thing is that everytime a tow motor driver hit a sprikler head we had to reset the doors.

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