– A Step-by-Step Guide for installing an Electric Strike –
In my 10+ years in the locksmith and door service industries, I’ve completed many electric strike installations. The electric strikes on the market today, those known as compact or low profile electric strikes, are marketed as easy to install, plug-and-play strikes. While these can be, and typically are, much easier to install than the old school, heavy duty, traditional electric strikes. Often, in the real world, the low profile electric strikes still require some manipulation and on-site door frame preparation.
Recently, I was asked to do an electric strike installation at a multi-unit dwelling in San Francisco. They are undertaking a remodel of the entire building and need some door and hardware work completed. My client provided me with the electric strikes – a HES 8000 and a HES 5000. These are both good, low profile strikes.
My client specified that he wanted the HES 5000 on the interior door and the HES 8000 on the front, exterior/main door. In my experience, the HES 8000 can sometimes provide a little resistance upon opening. The HES 8000 is also fairly new on the market (replacing the HES 5900) so I’ve had more experience with the HES 5000. Therefore, I decided it would be best to install the HES 5000 on the exterior/main door and the HES 8000 on the interior door.
Like I said before, in a perfect world, the HES 8000 (or 5000) would require no modification of the existing door frame. However, in my experience, typically some door frame modification is required.
I’ve included some pictures here to give an example of the HES 8000 electric strike installation.
Here’s a before picture with the initial, regular strike (aka an ANSI strike). This was taken before I started any work.