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Old 02-10-2012, 11:44 AM   #1
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Door Question: Access Control (Keypad Lock) for Church

I apologize if this is not in the correct forum. Our church is in great need of a keypad lock (wireless connecting to the internet would be ideal but we can live with a stand alone) so people can get in with codes and not keys. Being a church we are have very tight budget and we are looking for the most economical solution. The door that wew would like to use is an exit door on the side of the church with a push bar (rim) made by Yale, series 2000. I believe there are keypad locks designed for push bars but none of them seem to be compatible with this push bar so I think we'd need to buy a new push bar unless someone has an alternative solution. Schlage also makes a Link lever that is $200. I think since the door is pre-bored that we can just install that right in but I'm not sure if we would be code compliant if we didn't have a push bar. Could we just move the push bar over and still be code compliant with the Schlage in place and the push bar. This is the Schlage product and it would allow us to have all the functionality we need. I just don't know if we would be code compliant.

The alternative is a push bar solution which is more expensive. The pictures below are of the door and the hardware.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-10-2012, 12:14 PM   #2
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I would call a locksmith for this. I know budget is tight but it will save you time, money and anguish in the long run. And they will stand behind the solution offered and installed.


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In many places you have to have the push bar for fire escape reasons and the like.
What works for some is the installation of a regular household deadbolt, could use a keypad model.
The pushbar is locked in the open position, the door closer keeps the door shut. Deadbolt is only used to lock the building when nobody is inside.
Talk to your local building inspector to find out what is required.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:37 PM   #4
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Simplex makes an exterior trim unit for exit devices that would work. They make a couple of different styles for different devices.

See that sign above the door. That means the door must be available for free egress at all times. You DON"T want to add a second locking device to the door. That will be a violation. Not only of building code, but llife safety codes and it doesn't matter who's in the building.

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