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How to Repair a Broken Vertical Rod on a Commercial Panic Bar Exit Device

How to Repair a Broken Vertical Rod on a Commercial Panic Bar Exit Device


A commercial panic bar exit device is an essential component in ensuring the safety of occupants in commercial buildings. The vertical rods on a panic bar exit device are responsible for latching the door closed and ensuring that it stays securely shut. However, these vertical rods can become damaged or broken over time, and it is important to repair them as soon as possible to ensure the proper functioning of the panic bar exit device.

In this article, we will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to repair a broken vertical rod on a commercial panic bar exit device.

Materials Needed

  • Replacement vertical rod
  • Allen wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Metal cutting saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Markers
  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves

Steps to Repair a Broken Vertical Rod

  • Identify the broken vertical rod: The first step in repairing a broken vertical rod is to identify which one is damaged or broken. Once you have identified the rod, remove it from the panic bar exit device.
  • Remove the end cap: Remove the end cap on the broken vertical rod with an Allen wrench.
  • Remove the screws: Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the vertical rod in place.
  • Remove the broken rod: With a hammer, gently tap the rod to loosen it and then pull it out of the panic bar exit device.
  • Measure and mark the new rod: Measure and mark the new vertical rod to match the length of the old rod. Use a metal cutting saw to cut the new rod to the correct length.
  • Install the new rod: Insert the new vertical rod into the panic bar exit device and secure it in place with screws.

  • Conclusion

    In conclusion, a broken vertical rod on a commercial panic bar exit device is a serious problem that requires prompt attention. It can cause a door to become inoperable, which can be a safety hazard in an emergency situation. However, with the right tools and knowledge, it is possible to repair a broken vertical rod without having to replace the entire device.

    First, you must diagnose the problem by inspecting the device and identifying the damaged components. Then, you can remove the damaged parts and replace them with new ones. You may need to adjust the tension on the device and perform a few tests to ensure it is functioning properly.

    If you are not comfortable performing these repairs yourself, it is always best to seek the assistance of a professional. At Automatic Door and Hardware, we offer a wide range of commercial door hardware and repair services to ensure your facility is safe and secure. Contact us today to learn more.

    Commercial door panic bars and exit device hardware are available at www.autodoorandhardware.com.
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