Freedor Door Holder Installation Guide Part 1

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Welcome to the instructional video for Freedor unit. Hopefully, this will be useful for you, it should be used in conjunction with our user guide that comes with the pack. First of all, I’d like to show you what else comes in the pack. You have the closer arm, this is the main Freedor unit itself. You’ve got the radial arm, the battery pack and all the various screw packs that come with it as well. We, as I say, you’ve got the user guide and fitting templates, and also some stickers for the door itself. The tools that are required for the installation of Freedor, a ratchet with an 11 mm bit to it, 13 millimeter spanner, flat-headed screwdriver, PoziDriv 2 screwdriver, and a 3 millimeter drill bit.

Okay, when you’ve actually taken all the bits out, you’re gonna need to remove the cover from the Freedor unit itself. In order to remove the cover, you need take off the screws on the top and also the bottom as well. Turn the unit over. Now remove this section here, which is called the “battery compartment.” You may need to pinch in the sides, just to remove it like so. And then remove the cover, then what you have here is the actual Freedor unit itself. Okay, the next stage is to fit this section here, which called the “radial arm.” Now, depending on which side of the door you’re fitting it on, whether it be the push side, which is the closing face of the door or pull side, which is the opening face, will depend on the angle in which this radial arm is to be fitted. This can be checked in the user guide. Today, we’re doing a pull side installation, so that is the angle there which is to be fitted to, with this nib here facing out 180 degrees. So, that should be facing you when you’re on the back of the door itself.

The next section is to fit the bolt to the radial arm. So, you need to take this out of the pack, and then this is the bolt which is used to actually clamp onto the radial arm itself. Now again, the position of this on the radial arm is dependent on firstly what side of the door you’re putting it on, and secondly whether… At what angle you want the door to latch open at. So, on this one we’re gonna be doing it pull side, and it’s what we call a “clockwise opening door.” So, I can check in the user guide if necessary, I know on this one it’s gonna need to go fitted on around about that there, which is about, latching open at about 90 degrees. So, put the bolt in, put the spacer on top, and then the nut. Screw that down, using your 13 mm spanner. And just make sure that’s nice and securely tight on there. And then that’s the radial arm setup.

Now, this section here, what I would recommend to actually use the user guide for, ’cause as I say, there are lots of different positions. You can adjust the latching angle at a later date. If after you’ve actually fitted the unit itself you need to change the latching angle, that’s no problem at all. Okay, then we’re gonna move on to the installation of the closer arm. Remove it from the packaging. And we’re gonna remove the bolts from the closer arm. I’ll just move that section there. And now we’re looking to actually attach this part of the closer arm to the unit itself. Now, the screw that we use to attach it with is this one here in the pack. And that’s the order in which it’s sent out at. What you’ve got is the flat washer, two nylon washers. And then a smaller flat washer there. Now the order in which this actually fits onto the unit itself is very important.

The nylon washers are what enables the unit… Sorry, the door to actually free swing. So, what we need to do is firstly place the screw through the hole with the flat nylon washer touching the closer arm there. And then with this nylon washer, which we call the “top hat washer”, that needs to be fitted inside the square part of the closer arm there. And then that finally, the flat washer goes on there. So, you’ll notice that the only parts that’s actually touching the metal part of the closer arm is the nylon. And then when it’s screwed up, that is what will allow the door to free swing. This then needs to be attached to the unit itself, using your 11 millimetre ratchet. What also is very important is that this is not over tightened. The kind of pressure that you’re looking for, is that there’s no up and down movement in the arm, but it still can be relatively easily moved like so. If this is over-tightened, it will not allow the door to swing freely.

The last part of the assembly that you have to do is simply put a little cap on the bottom of the unit there, just to tidy that section up there, and there you have an assembled part of the Freedor unit.

Okay, having pilot-drilled your holes then you need to select the right screws. Inside this pack here, the four wood screws there are for fitting the Freedor units to the door itself. You have two slightly wider wood screws and they’re fitting the closer arm to the frame. And then also in the pack, you have this bracket and these screws here. This bracket is for when the Freedor unit is being fitted on the push side of the door, and these screws here are for fitting it to the frame. The smaller screws are for fitting the arm to the bracket itself. The wood screws for fitting the Freedor to the door need to be screwed-in, leaving around about five millimetres to allow the Freedor unit to actually hang-on to the door and then they’ll be screwed up tight, and I like it tight.

So here we are at the doors that we are fitting the Freedor unit to. Just to cover what I mentioned earlier with regards to the terminology that we use for different kinds of doors, we have a clockwise opening door and anti-clockwise opening door. To use this as an example, this is a clockwise opening door. There’s two different sides of the door they can be fitted on. We call this side, “push-side” and the back is “pull-side.” Now, on the one that we’re fitting today, we’re fitting on the pull-side as I mentioned earlier. So it’s gonna be fitted up to the top of the door there.

So whether the door is a clockwise opening door or anti-clockwise opening door, determines what side of the Freedor unit the radial arm is fitted. So on this one which is a clockwise opening door, you can see that it’s fitted on the top there, push button’s on that side there. You can actually see on the one that’s fitted on this door, which is the anti-clockwise opening door, that the push button is on this side. So in effect, the whole unit is turned upside down and the radial arm is fitted on top there.

So now, we refer to the fitting template. We are fitting this one on a clockwise opening, pull-side door. So what we need to do is firstly, fold along that dotted line and align that fold up against the under side of the frame. And then on here, we’re lining up against the actual hinge point of the door itself. So when you’re happy that it’s in the correct position, you take your drill with the 3 mm drill bit in and simply drill through the cross points in the template. So when all four holes are drilled out, you then need to open the template out and then mark your position for the closer arm to be fitted to the top of the door. Just find your position again and then simply drill through in the relevant holes.

Now, what you can see in this instance, the architrave that is fitted here is at quite a steep angle. What you need is the closer arm itself to be coming out as level as possible. So what we’re gonna have to do in this case is actually cut out a section of that architrave for the closer arm to sit in.

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