Things to Consider

  • An open back strike is used at pairs of doors only
  • Used primarily with mortise panic (active) x vertical rod panic (inactive)
  • Active leaf must latch into inactive leaf via latch (161, mortise, mortise panic, etc…)
  • Allows both leaves of a pair to operate independently without a coordinator

Red Flags

  • Will not operate if an astragal is present on either door leaf
  • Not for use with any type flush or surface bolts
  • Could be electric – check template
  • Each door must have hardware that will allow it to swing independently
  • Strike requires cut out on door edge and push side face of door that can weaken a hemmed or folded edge door
Both doors closed Inactive leaf only open Active leaf only open
Edge view of inactive door View from pull side of doors Strike only – not installed