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How to Install a Surface Vertical Rod Exit Device


How to Install a Surface Vertical Rod Exit Device

If you're looking to install a surface vertical rod exit device on your commercial door, you've come to the right place. In this guide, we'll provide step-by-step instructions on how to properly install this type of exit device.Before we get started, it's important to note that the installation process may vary slightly depending on the specific brand and model of the device you're working with. Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions for guidance.Here are the general steps to follow for installing a surface vertical rod exit device:

Step 1: Prepare the Door

The first step in the installation process is to prepare the door for the exit device. This may involve drilling holes or making other modifications to the door to accommodate the device. Be sure to measure and mark the door carefully to ensure that the device will be installed correctly.


Step 2: Install the Vertical Rods

Once the door is prepared, you can begin installing the vertical rods that will be used to secure the device to the door. Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully to ensure that the rods are installed correctly.

Step 3: Install the Crossbar

Next, install the crossbar that will connect the two vertical rods. This is typically done by sliding the crossbar into place and securing it with screws or other fasteners.

Step 4: Install the Latchbolt

The latchbolt is the component of the exit device that latches onto the door frame to hold the door closed. Install the latchbolt according to the manufacturer's instructions, taking care to ensure that it is properly aligned with the strike plate on the door frame.

Step 5: Install the Strikes

The strikes are the metal plates that are installed on the door frame to receive the latchbolt and keep the door closed. Install the strikes according to the manufacturer's instructions, making sure that they are properly aligned with the latchbolt.

Step 6: Test the Device

Once the device is installed, test it to make sure that it is working properly. This may involve opening and closing the door several times to ensure that the latchbolt engages properly and the device operates smoothly.

Step 7: Make Adjustments

If necessary, make any adjustments to the device to ensure that it is working properly. This may involve adjusting the position of the vertical rods or the strike plates on the door frame.

Step 8: Finish the Installation

Once you are satisfied that the device is working properly and all adjustments have been made, finish the installation by securing all screws and other fasteners. Be sure to clean up any debris or excess materials from the installation process.

Conclusion

Installing a surface vertical rod exit device may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and instructions, it can be completed successfully. Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions for guidance and make sure to test the device thoroughly before considering the installation complete. By following these steps, you can ensure that your commercial door is secure and functional.
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