How to Adjust the Tension on a Commercial Panic Bar Exit Device
How to Adjust the Tension on a Commercial Panic Bar Exit Device
Commercial panic bar exit devices are designed to provide safe and reliable emergency egress in the event of a fire, natural disaster, or other emergency situation. These devices are typically installed on commercial doors in public buildings, schools, hospitals, and other high-traffic areas to ensure a quick and easy exit for occupants. However, like any mechanical device, panic bar exit devices can experience wear and tear over time, which may result in a loss of tension or a failure to operate properly. In this article, we'll show you how to adjust the tension on your commercial panic bar exit device to ensure that it's working properly and safely.
Step 1: Determine the Type of Panic Bar Exit Device
Before you begin adjusting the tension on your panic bar exit device, it's important to determine the type of device that you have. There are two main types of panic bar exit devices: rim devices and vertical rod devices. Rim devices are mounted on the surface of the door and have a single latch that engages with the strike plate on the door frame. Vertical rod devices are mounted on the top and bottom of the door and have rods that engage with the top and bottom of the door frame. The method for adjusting the tension may differ slightly depending on the type of device.
Step 2: Remove the Cover Plate
To access the tension adjustment mechanism, you'll need to remove the cover plate from the back of the panic bar exit device. The cover plate is typically held in place with screws or bolts, which can be removed using a screwdriver or wrench. Once the cover plate is removed, you should be able to see the tension adjustment mechanism inside.
Step 3: Locate the Tension Adjustment Mechanism
The tension adjustment mechanism is usually a spring-loaded bolt or screw that is located near the center of the panic bar exit device. This mechanism controls the tension on the device and can be adjusted using a screwdriver or wrench.
Step 4: Adjust the Tension
To adjust the tension on your panic bar exit device, turn the tension adjustment mechanism clockwise to increase the tension or counterclockwise to decrease the tension. It's important to make small adjustments and test the device after each adjustment to ensure that it's working properly. If the tension is too loose, the panic bar may not engage with the latch and the door may not lock properly. If the tension is too tight, the panic bar may be difficult to operate, which can be a safety hazard in an emergency situation.
Step 5: Test the Device
After you've made your adjustments, it's important to test the device to ensure that it's working properly. Test the device by pushing the panic bar from inside the building to make sure that it unlatches and opens the door smoothly. Then, try opening the door from the outside to make sure that the latch engages properly and that the door is locked. If the device is still not working properly, you may need to adjust the tension again or seek professional assistance.In conclusion, adjusting the tension on a commercial panic bar exit device is an essential part of ensuring the proper function and safety of your building's exit system. As with any maintenance or repair procedure, it is crucial to follow the manufacturer's instructions and consult with a professional if needed. Regularly checking and adjusting the tension on your panic bar exit device can prevent accidents, reduce liability, and save you from costly repairs or replacements. Remember, a well-maintained and properly functioning panic bar exit device can be the difference between life and death in an emergency situation.
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