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Tips for Cutting Metal Skin Doors

By Michael N. Ciampo Every day, firefighters encounter new and improved locking devices or renovated and "beefed-up" homegrown security devices on doors. This is common in the rear of a taxpayer, strip mall, or commercial occupancy with outward-opening doors. In many instances, after realizing the irons (halligan and ax) aren't working effectively, firefighters will revert to using a power saw to cut the locking device, the carriage bolt heads holding the drop bar's support bracket, or the door's hinges to force entry into the structure. Power saws have proven their usefulness over the years in making our job easier and reducing our overall exertion levels. However, they have al...

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