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LGreene

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rd1man said:
Hello All,I'm the new guy here. I am a semi-retired general contractor, more retired than working. Anyway, I have a question concerning door sizes. Since all of my code books are kinda outdated, maybe I get some information with you guys. I know that most or all single family homes generally require one 2/8x6/8 hinged and one 3/0x6/8 hinged entry/exit doors. My question is what is the primary purpose of the larger of the two doors. I'm thinking equip/furniture moving, or is it sized specifically for egress?
Since it's a code requirement I think it is relative to egress, since the codes wouldn't address moving equipment and furniture. But maybe someone else has some insight?
 

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rd1man, yes, minimum door opening widths are set for safety (egress), access (ADA) and lastly but not least (though often overlooked) to be wide enough to move furniture.

Note that furniture movement is also a function of corridor width and turns leading up to the door, and whether there are any stairs.
 

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Oh Lori,

To be so dedicated by your company to this effort is a wonderous thing.

Now if you can obtain some concurrances from the Access Board on some of these questions it would be great.

Also, can you include photo examples with some of your responses? The goog, the bad and the ugly.
 

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rd1man - That may be a NJ amendment. NYS requires one 36" side hinged door for egress. At one time NYS required 'all other doors to be 32" minimum', the intent was for other doors to the exterior to be 32" minimum. I don't believe the IRC requires any minimum except for the one egress door, and I believe the newest IRC requires that to be a 32" clear opening (typically need a 36" to get 32" clear...)
 

LGreene

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ADAguy said:
Oh Lori,To be so dedicated by your company to this effort is a wonderous thing.

Now if you can obtain some concurrances from the Access Board on some of these questions it would be great.

Also, can you include photo examples with some of your responses? The goog, the bad and the ugly.
Thanks for recognizing the contribution of Allegion! I have not had a lot of luck getting official statements from the Access Board. I will try to include photos more often, but there are thousands of photos on my website if you're looking for something in particular: www.iDigHardware.com.
 
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