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Surface Vertical Rod Exit Devices
Surface Vertical Rod (SVR) Device: This is mostly used on pairs of doors but can
be used on single doors for extra security. There are top and bottom rods that go from the
device to the top of the frame and to the floor. When you push the device, the rods retract
releasing the rod ends from their locked position. The rods are surface mounted to the face of
the door so they are exposed and can be seen from the inside of the door.
This shows a standard rim panic device on one of the doors of a pair with a surface
vertical rod device on the other door. There is no frame or mullion to mount the strike plate
to so a double door strike is mounted on the door with the vertical rod assembly. This door is
held in place by these rods allowing the other door to lock into it the same as if it were a
single door latching into the frame. You can also use a vertical rod device on both doors of
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