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Notices door design. Brief scene in Real Genius where someone opens an exterior door by pulling it while the other person opens theirs by pushing. Do the doors work in both directions or is this a design where one opens in and the other out?

Date: 2019-03-10 04:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] melita66
I dunno about those doors in particular but both cases exist. The cafe at my work (free-standing building) has doors that open either direction. I always push whether I'm going in or out, but I have seem multiple people pull the door open when entering. Meanwhile, I'm muttering "push!" under my breath.

I think most home exterior doors open inwards due to hinge placement. Commercial building often have different hinge styles (up and down for instance) and, at least in the US, exit doors have to open outwards in case of emergency evacuation.

Related: I've been interested in doors since I learned about under-damped and over-damped springs in Classical Mechanics (Physics).

Date: 2019-03-10 05:15 pm (UTC)
ariaflame: Sombrero galaxy (Default)
From: [personal profile] ariaflame
I think it is vitally important that any doors leading out to safety from Spark labs open when pushed so that people fleeing can do so without having to try to tug doors open when crushed against them by whatever the Spark dreamed up.

Date: 2019-03-12 12:42 pm (UTC)
scott_sanford: (Default)
From: [personal profile] scott_sanford
Also, any door that has been 'improved' by an excited Spark should be checked carefully by a sane person before being used by the public.

Date: 2019-03-12 03:22 pm (UTC)
ariaflame: Sombrero galaxy (Default)
From: [personal profile] ariaflame
Indeed, though of course if another Spark creation is right behind you, this might need a bit more time than is available. Best to check doors on way in.

Date: 2019-03-10 05:33 pm (UTC)
petrea_mitchell: (Default)
From: [personal profile] petrea_mitchell
I guess they're whatever the opposite of a Norman door would be.

Date: 2019-03-11 01:24 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Clearly the opposite of a Norman door is an Anglo-Saxon door :-)

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Nathan H.

Date: 2019-03-11 02:23 am (UTC)
chrysostom: (Default)
From: [personal profile] chrysostom
From context, I think it's pretty clearly that the doors work both directions. Look at the reaction the other guy has to Chris walking in.

Date: 2019-03-11 10:01 am (UTC)
ffutures: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ffutures
The original labs in the school where I worked had fire doors that went both ways; the trouble is that the hinges are spring-loaded, complicated, and under more stress than normal hinges, and one of the failure modes is sagging so that the door bangs against the frame when used. When they rebuilt it they put normal doors in instead.

Date: 2019-03-11 10:05 am (UTC)
ffutures: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ffutures
also

Date: 2019-03-11 12:45 pm (UTC)
armiphlage: (Default)
From: [personal profile] armiphlage
At work, they just installed side-by-side doors, each opening in opposite directions. Push on the right-hand door, pull on the left-hand door.

It works quite well, once we got used to them. People just use the right-hand door, avoiding collisions.

Date: 2019-03-11 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] avitzur
If I recall correctly, Real Genius was filmed at Occidental & Pomona College campuses (because Cal Tech would not let after reading the script), so we could take a field trip to see, on the chance that the buildings are still there! I do love that film! (I named www.PacificT.com after them.)

Date: 2019-03-11 09:20 pm (UTC)
stoutfellow: Joker (Default)
From: [personal profile] stoutfellow
I remember two episodes of Buffy in which it was a plot point which way the school library doors opened; in one, they opened out, and in the other, in.

Date: 2019-03-12 09:41 am (UTC)
rdm: (Default)
From: [personal profile] rdm
Don't worry about it old bean! The audience will never notice the inconsistency!

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