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Jan 25 2019

FF: Rim Strike

Category: Fixed-it Friday,Panic HardwareLori @ 12:05 am Comments (6)
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There is actually a strike designed for this purpose, but without job-site creativity I wouldn’t have any posts for Fixed-it Friday.  Thank you to Jerry Sommerville of Apex Industries for sending the photo!

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6 Responses to “FF: Rim Strike”

  1. Rich McKIe says:

    Eeeeew! Resourceful but sloppy, and certainly not code compliant!

    When we started implementing card access in our school district our electrical foreman was quite a “MacGuyver”. He developed his own strike box for the same situation shown, in our case installing an electric strike on an inactive door. He used 2″ square aluminum tube and made cutouts for the strike. Plastic end caps completed the package which was bolted onto the door using sex bolts. He even talked management into paying him to make them on his own time! He made over 50 and his boxes did the job, but eventually started failing and when I joined the district I started bringing in proper boxes and strikes for the job. He was quite upset that the manufacturer had “stolen his idea.”
    Fortunately we were eventually able to secure funding to install mullions with surface mount strikes (VD6300)and his boxes are now extinct. We are now starting to replace those with Von Duprin QEL exit devices as a (hopefully) final solution.
    We learned as we went along, but that was a waste of a lot of strikes and a lot of time and really goes to show the value of doing the job properly the first time.

  2. Peter Schifferli says:

    Jerry-built workmanship such as this is unacceptable and unforgivable in addition to being hazardous and unsightly.

  3. SeanS says:

    (…but not the same Jerry who sent this in, right?) 😉

  4. Terry Crump FDAI says:

    Yes, there IS a strike designed for this use, but you should know that it is NOT approved for fire-rated doors.

  5. DAVID FEDERICO says:

    Inginuity the Mother of Invention. But as stated above the correct method is often the most costly so they will always look for the Cheep cheep way out . My motto has always been
    If you think hiring a professional is expensive…wait till you hire an Amateur.

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