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How to Replace a Dogging Assembly on a Commercial Panic Bar Exit Device

How to Replace a Dogging Assembly on a Commercial Panic Bar Exit Device

When it comes to maintaining the functionality and security of your commercial panic bar exit device, it’s important to keep all of its components in good condition. One of the key components of a panic bar exit device is the dogging assembly, which allows the panic bar to be held in the unlocked position for convenient and easy access through a door. If your dogging assembly is broken or malfunctioning, it can compromise the safety and convenience of your exit device. In this guide, we’ll show you how to replace a dogging assembly on a commercial panic bar exit device.

What You’ll Need

  • New dogging assembly kit
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Allen wrench
  • Hammer

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Prepare the Door

Before starting any repairs, make sure the door is securely closed and locked. This will help to prevent any accidents or unwanted entry during the repair process.

Step 2: Remove the Panic Bar

Using a screwdriver or wrench, remove the screws or bolts holding the panic bar in place. Once the panic bar is removed, you should be able to access the dogging assembly.

Step 3: Remove the Old Dogging Assembly

Using an Allen wrench, remove the set screws that hold the dogging assembly in place. Once the set screws are removed, gently tap the dogging assembly with a hammer to loosen it from the panic bar. You may need to use pliers to remove any remaining pieces of the old dogging assembly.

Step 4: Install the New Dogging Assembly

Place the new dogging assembly into the hole where the old assembly was removed. Make sure the set screws align with the holes in the panic bar. Tighten the set screws with an Allen wrench until the dogging assembly is secure.

Step 5: Reattach the Panic Bar

Reattach the panic bar to the door with the screws or bolts that were removed in Step 2. Make sure the panic bar is securely attached to the door before testing the dogging assembly.

Step 6: Test the Dogging Assembly

Test the new dogging assembly by pressing the panic bar to unlock the door. If the dogging assembly is working properly, the panic bar should remain unlocked until it is pushed back into the locked position. If the dogging assembly is not working properly, you may need to recheck the set screws or consult with a professional.


Replacing a dogging assembly on a commercial panic bar exit device may seem daunting, but with the right tools and a little bit of patience, it’s a relatively straightforward process. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can ensure that your panicCommercial door panic bars and exit device hardware are available at www.autodoorandhardware.com.

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