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Nov 07 2014

FF: Panic Hardware Hacks

Category: Fixed-it Friday,Panic HardwareLori @ 7:46 am Comments (6)

Here are two creative fixes for problems with panic hardware…what issues were these Fixed-it Friday “solutions” designed to rectify?

(Hint:  There was nothing wrong with the panic hardware.)

Ready – GO!

Rubber Band in Panic

Coins in Panic

Thank you to John Sojka of Allegion, and Norm Carberry whose photo arrived via Jeff Tock of Allegion.

6 Responses to “FF: Panic Hardware Hacks”

  1. Keith Krienke says:

    Coins jammed in exit devices, that is daily occurrence here.

  2. Rich says:

    For the first one. The rubber band is trying to unlock the VD3347 device but would not be strong enough to do it on it’s own. This may be the new elusive device to make the door open with less than 5 lb of force. Or was this an anti rattle fix. In reality, it is probably to assist with assembly. Holds the tails in place before the screw, clip, and lock down are installed. Brand new door with clean hardware and the delivery truck still there.

    The second one is common. Junk poked into the latch gap on a Sargent device happens a lot on our campus. Holds the latch back quickly and done by an unauthorized person to allow re entry.

    • Lori says:

      The rubber bands were there because the electric latch retraction device was not wired correctly and didn’t have enough power to retract the latches. And yes – the coins were used for dogging / leaving the door unlocked.

  3. Bryan McKeehan says:

    Creative dogging?

    • Lori says:

      Yes, the coins were used to dog the device. The rubber bands were used to help an electric latch retraction device that was not wired correctly and didn’t have enough juice to retract the latch.

  4. Martin J. Kaywork says:

    I once had to visit a site where new exit devices were installed, bottom rods were dragging on floor. (all 4 door sets)
    Several people before myself tried to figure out the problem, without success.
    First thing I did was to drop the case cover, which quickly revealed the problem.
    Bread-ties / Wire-ties were used to secure the rods to case.
    Yes, it is becoming a bit scary out there.

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