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John Hunter
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Username: johnhunter

Post Number: 166
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 08:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

We have a project where the team is proposing a pivoting wall/ panel on one of the walls between 2 conference rooms. The panel is approximately 8 by 12 feet (WxL) and will have projection & whiteboard surfaces. The weight of the assembly appears to be on the order of 850 pounds when it's all said and done. I've found pivots that can handle the load, but I want to include an overhead stop/ holder to stop the rotation at 90 degrees but I have a few concerns about the possible load on a typical OH stop. We might be able to use a floor brake or drop pins but I also want to incorporate something so it won't rotate 360 degrees.
Anyone have any experience with this kind of thing?
Dave Metzger
Senior Member
Username: davemetzger

Post Number: 808
Registered: 07-2001
Posted on Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 09:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post


Are you thinking about a heavy-duty concealed overhead holder/stop? This would mean the panel could pivot up to 90 degrees in one direction only, yes? At issue is not only the load on the stop itself, but also on the frame or fixed panel above the rotating panel, that the load from the stop is transferred to. Rixson and Glynn-Johnson have such products, but I don't see information on their websites about the loads they are engineered for.

A 360 degree rotating panel brings to mind the pivoting bookcase in Young Frankenstein https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ktmN0wvHQs
John Hunter
Senior Member
Username: johnhunter

Post Number: 167
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Friday, October 01, 2021 - 11:17 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post


"Put the candle back."

Thanks so much for the clip - the team is going to see this for sure.
Edward J Dueppen, RA, CSI, CCS, LEED AP
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Username: edueppen

Post Number: 79
Registered: 08-2013
Posted on Friday, October 01, 2021 - 01:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

John - this product just showed up in my LinkedIn feed. It appears they have pivots with "hold" positions. Possibly they have something that would work for your application.
John Hunter
Senior Member
Username: johnhunter

Post Number: 168
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Friday, October 01, 2021 - 01:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Edward - Thanks. We've used their products for pivot doors and are looking at one of their systems for pivots for this application. Unfortunately their products w/ hold positions are for off-center locations and for this application the pivot point is the center of the panel.
Michael Chusid, RA FCSI CCS
Senior Member
Username: michael_chusid

Post Number: 626
Registered: 10-2003

Posted on Monday, October 04, 2021 - 07:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I use concrete blocks for door stops and hold opens. Not sure that is the aesthetic the designer is looking for, but it works and is affordable. Flexible, too since you can reposition them to other doors. For sustainability, I get mine from demolition sites.
Michael Chusid, RA FCSI CCS 1-818-219-4937
www.chusid.com www.buildingproduct.guru

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