How do I install an exit device?
How to Install an Exit Device | Automatic Door and Hardware
How do I install an exit device?
Installing an exit device on your commercial door is an important safety measure that ensures a quick and easy escape in the event of an emergency. An exit device, also known as a panic bar, is a door hardware device that allows people to exit a building quickly and safely by pushing a bar that releases the latch.
If you're looking to install an exit device on your commercial door, you've come to the right place. In this article, we'll walk you through the steps of installing an exit device.
Step 1: Gather Tools and Materials
Before you begin the installation process, it's important to make sure you have all the necessary tools and materials. Here's what you'll need:
- Exit device
- Measuring tape
- Drill and drill bits
- Screws and fasteners
- Cutting tool (if necessary)
Step 2: Measure the Door
Measure the width of the door to determine the size of the exit device you'll need. You should also measure the backset, which is the distance from the edge of the door to the center of the lockset.
Step 3: Prepare the Door
Remove any existing hardware from the door and make sure the surface is clean and free of debris. If necessary, use a cutting tool to create the appropriate holes in the door for the exit device.
Step 4: Install the Strike Plate
Attach the strike plate to the door frame using screws and fasteners. Make sure the strike plate is level and aligned with the latch bolt. Test the latch bolt to ensure it engages smoothly with the strike plate.
Step 5: Install the Exit Device
Place the exit device template on the door and use a pencil to mark the mounting holes. Drill pilot holes in the door at the marked locations.
Attach the exit device to the door using screws and fasteners, making sure it is level and aligned with the strike plate. Test the device to ensure it operates smoothly.
Step 6: Test the Exit Device
Test the exit device to ensure it operates smoothly and releases the latch bolt when pushed. If the device is difficult to operate or doesn't release the latch bolt, make any necessary adjustments to the strike plate or device.
Step 7: Finish Up
Once you've installed and tested the exit device, attach any necessary trim or covers to the device and door. Make sure the device is secure and operates smoothly before using it in an emergency situation.
Installing an exit device is an important safety measure for any commercial building. With these simple steps, you can install an exit device on your commercial door.Commercial door panic bars and exit device hardware are available at www.autodoorandhardware.com.
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