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#1    Eldorado

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 12:03 AM

'Doorknobs are being phased out in Vancouver.
The new building bylaw, to come into effect in March 2014, bans doorknobs in new homes, favouring the more accessible door handle instead.'

'Vancouver Coun. Geoff Meggs said residents who want doorknobs in their new homes cannot install them.
"No, I don’t think so. They would be asked to put in an accessible doorknob,” Meggs said.'
Full story: http://www.torontosu...o-ban-doorknobs

What the hell is an 'accessible doorknob'?


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 12:27 AM

:huh:

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Edited by OverSword, 21 November 2013 - 12:28 AM.


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 12:30 AM

How...moronic.
Who are they to assume knobs are "useless"? Don't they have real issues to attend to instead of dictating what peoples private homes "must" have" because some moldy, fuddy-duddy says something is useless?


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 12:50 AM

Maybe the offending idiot got hit in the backside by one ;)

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 01:00 AM

View PostEldorado, on 21 November 2013 - 12:03 AM, said:



What the hell is an 'accessible doorknob'?

It's a door handle that pivots like a knob, same physics. A guy I know had both his hands burnt off years ago in a powerline accident. He can't physically grasp a normal doorknob with his hooks (he's been trapped in more than one room), also a lot of the elderly and infirm also may not have the neccesary hand strength.

Part of the legislation I think also includes thicker framing in bathrooms to allow for the later instalization of 'grab bars' by the toilet and bath, also lower light switches I think.

By the way, this is only for new construction. I think it's a positive step in the right direction myself.


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 01:09 AM

I guess next they'll be telling you what colors you'll be allowed to paint your children's bedroom walls to "promote a positive ambiance".


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 01:20 AM

View PostWickian, on 21 November 2013 - 01:09 AM, said:

I guess next they'll be telling you what colors you'll be allowed to paint your children's bedroom walls to "promote a positive ambiance".

Don't say that out loud or they'll hear you.

Seriously I am sure they are probably cooking up something much like that.

But if people just sit idly by and nod complacently then they shouldn't be surprised when the new laws become more and more intrusive and controlling.

Edited by Ryu, 21 November 2013 - 01:22 AM.


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 03:33 AM

This is typical civil servant interference to boost their self importance.Matters like this should be based on advice not compulsion.

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 03:45 AM

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 04:02 AM

We need zoning laws and safety laws, and while sometimes they add expense and so must be weighed, this cannot be avoided.  I hate to think what would happen to my nice tidy neighborhood if there weren't restrictions on opening businesses, construction standards, yard standards, and so on.  Sometimes they are a pain and sometimes people go overboard.  Part of living.


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 05:19 AM

View PostLikely Guy, on 21 November 2013 - 05:16 AM, said:



Yes Frank, it will be part of their civic building code. But while others react to the apparent ludicrousness of 'door knob legislation', other people have to unneccesarily adapt to the dinosaurs who demand access to their unaltered god given right to a spherical doorknob.

Don't be a knob. Get a handle! :)

Edit: This was part of my earlier post.




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Posted 21 November 2013 - 05:22 AM

The thing about the States that always gets me is the 110 AC power supply.  Talk about dangerous.


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 05:30 AM

View PostFrank Merton, on 21 November 2013 - 05:22 AM, said:

The thing about the States that always gets me is the 110 AC power supply.  Talk about dangerous.

Yeah, we got that here too, just for compatabilty reasons.

But seriously, here in western-most Canada we're actively trying to build an inclusive environment for the disabled, and here in this thread people mock it, or moan about 'their rights'.

Frank, you live in Vietnam. I imagine that your population is probably over represented in the disabled department, as well as Cambodia, Laos, etc.


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 05:40 AM

in many public buildings, i believe it's required that they have ramps or some other form of access for handicapped people, and it's been that way for a while. people complained about that back when it was new, but it's a good thing. buildings should be accessible.


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 06:07 AM

View PostLikely Guy, on 21 November 2013 - 05:30 AM, said:

Yeah, we got that here too, just for compatabilty reasons.

But seriously, here in western-most Canada we're actively trying to build an inclusive environment for the disabled, and here in this thread people mock it, or moan about 'their rights'.

Frank, you live in Vietnam. I imagine that your population is probably over represented in the disabled department, as well as Cambodia, Laos, etc.
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