View Larger Image FF: Spring-Loaded Top Latch It’s fire exit hardware, so it has to latch! Thank you to Michael Samra of Action Lock for today’s Fixed-it Friday photo! You need to login or register to bookmark/favorite this content. By Lori Greene|2020-02-23T20:32:10-05:00February 21st, 2020|Fire Doors, Fixed-it Friday, Panic Hardware|8 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditWhatsAppTumblrPinterestEmail About the Author: Lori Greene Related PostsNone found Recent Posts 8 Comments John Truempy February 21, 2020 at 12:30 pm - Reply I would call this brilliant and dumb at the same time. 5:00 Friday night and you cant even order the other 2 Compression springs till Monday (brilliant) … Leave it this way calling it fixed and we will be having a talk about their career choices… Richard McKie February 21, 2020 at 2:57 pm - Reply A classic! Someone obviously didn’t realise that the problem is almost always the bottom latch. We replace 10+ bottom latches for every top latch that fails. That is one of the reasons that we have an ongoing program to replace vertical rod devices with mullions and rim devices, which has reduced service calls by at least 80%. The latches aren’t the only issue here. We are situated on a river delta with ground that moves with the seasons (and sometimes with the tides!) so adjustment is an issue. If we were on bedrock vertical rod devices would work much better. Lori Greene February 23, 2020 at 5:17 pm - Reply Good point! I always go with rim x rim x removable mullion if I can! – Lori Terry Crump February 21, 2020 at 3:28 pm - Reply I know you can’t modify the hardware like this, but that spring will actually ASSIST in the latching of it–not deter it. Maybe the top latch quit working, and a handyman/woman had a spring in their toolbox that would solve the problem. Lori Greene February 23, 2020 at 5:16 pm - Reply Yes – that’s what I was thinking…anything to get it to latch! – Lori Pete Schifferli February 21, 2020 at 3:33 pm - Reply A good example of a jerry built repair to compensate for the common problem of VR devices not latching properly. We always recommend single point rim devices with a key removable mullion on pairs of doors. Vertical rod devices, whether surface, concealed or cable are always problematic IMHO! Paul M Goldense February 21, 2020 at 4:08 pm - Reply So how many people reading this blog remember the very early days of the 9927 device when you disassembled the device and changed to a different stronger spring in the chassis for tall doors, The heavier spring gave extra uplift on the rods for tall doors. David Federico February 21, 2020 at 4:55 pm - Reply Well at least they did not use duct tape … Necessity the mother of invention . Or is it just to cheap to do the job correct Leave A Comment Cancel replyComment Don't subscribe All Replies to my comments Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.