Freedor Door Holder Installation Guide Part 2

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Okay, so, having fixed the closer arm to the frame, and also fixed the four screws to the door, leaving approximately 5 mm to hang the Freedor unit, it actually sits inside those eyelets and then comes down. So, you can see that’s sitting nice and straight, and now it’s time to actually just do up the four screws. Okay, so that’s now nice and securely fitted to the door. The next job is to actually reconnect the two parts of the closer arm. You simply just insert that section into there, the same as you would with a normal door closer. And what you’re looking to do, is you’re looking to actually secure the arm so that this part is 90 degrees to the frame. So, you’re looking about that angle there.

What this does, by just pulling it over slightly, it gives the door closer a bit of what’s called ‘pre-tension’. So, it just ensures that the door’s gonna close fully into the frame itself. So, now it’s all fitted. It’s all secure. The next job is to remove one of the two springs that are holding this claw in place here. Now, the spring that you want to remove is gonna be the one on the bottom here. So, this claw is going to always spring in the upwards direction. The spring can be cut or it can simply be removed by just undoing this nut, and then taking that spring off there. Push that up. So, now what you’ve got on top, is you’ve got the claw, which will always spring back upwards again. Now, it’s all fitted in, in its correct position. What you need to do is to adjust the door closer mechanism to ensure that the door closes in a safe and controlled manner and fully into the frame itself.

You’ve got two adjustments. You’ve got a closing speed and finally, a latching speed. I believe the latching speed is the last five degrees of the closing sweep. So, we’ll have a look at the door now to see how it closes, and then adjust as necessary. The two adjustments that I mentioned are actually on the side of the closer unit itself. You can see next to it one and two. One, closing speed. Two, is latching speed. So, we have a look. Open up to about 90 degrees. Then, have a look to see how it closes. Okay, and adjust as necessary. I’m just gonna slow down the first part, the closing speed, and then just increase a little bit that latching speed. You may need to increase the latch speed quite high if you’ve actually got another door or an actual latch its closing into. Okay, so I’m quite happy with that.

Okay, the Freedor has an automatic night time release facility. This can be selected using the switches that are on top of the circuit board here. For different timings refer to the user guide. The factory setting as it will come out of the box is with dip switch number three down. This means that the unit won’t do any weekly self-tests and will actually automatically reset after responding to the fire alarm. Now, it’s time to put the cover back on, just ensuring that this battery lead is placed up over the top of the unit, tucked over the back, hanging down like that, then the cover simply slots over, much like… Then, it’s time to connect the battery pack together back in this fly lead, simply by clicking that like so.

And we’re now connected. And you can hear it beeping. It’s saying, “Okay, I’ve been connected to the battery supply”. But as yet, battery lift hasn’t been inserted. And so, now we need to insert the battery lift. Again, you can pinch the sides just to make sure that it sits in there nicely. And if the battery lead is coming down from the right hand side of the unit just make sure that the corresponding lead from the battery is over the left hand side to save it getting tangled up inside. Tuck that in, and simply push that up, like so. Now, you can hear it stop beeping, so it’s confirmed that the battery lift has been inserted correctly. And just quickly, as a tip it’s a good idea just to check that claw is springing it back nicely, it’s not being hindered in any respect. And now, line up the screws and do these screws up.

So that’s nice and secure. And again, just as a good measure, check that claw, nothing’s stopping that from springing just right back up again. And now, it’s time to put the last part of the cover on, which is the flat top cover needs to be put back on the top, just being careful not to snag any wires. And again, line up the holes, and then screw these down.

And you’ll have your cover fitted.

So that’s the cover fitted. What we wanna do now is just place the Freedor sticker there which is found in the pack. And that’s just fitted, that’s about there on that. So then that’s all fitted to the door. What we wanna do now is we’ve connected the batteries in and we now need to push the button on the side, hold that down, and then it’s gonna go through a start-up sequence. You hear it beeping. In a second, you hear it switch between magnets. So that confirms that the unit’s happy, it’s run through its relevant self-tests that it does when it starts up then four seconds later, it will beep and it’ll click over. So this is now ready to be held open and latched in position.

Now, to actually put it into free swing mode, you have to hold it all the way back, you’ll hear it latch over, and then it will hold in that position there. And now, the door is now in free swing mode. So wherever you leave the door, is where it will stay. Close the door all the way up. Now, this is during normal operation, it will remain in free swing mode. If you want to change it… So to put it back into just a door closer, simply push that button there and it would revert back into a door closer. In order to then put it back into free swing mode, you have to push the button again, and again open the door all the way back until it latches over and then you’re back in free swing mode again.

All the time the unit’s sitting in free swing mode, it’s listening for the sound of the fire alarm. Upon hearing that fire alarm, the Freedor will release and revert back into door closer mode. The Freedor unit will listen every four seconds. After approximately 15 seconds, it will release and the door will close. Now, 30 seconds after the unit has released, it will automatically reset. So all the end-user has to do is come back, open the door all the way back, and it will latch open like so. After installation, it needs to be tested against the fire alarms on site and to ensure that it’s actually gonna close and hear their alarm correctly.

You can adjust the sensitivity on the Freedor unit. This is done by using the little black plastic screw driver that comes in the screw pack. Simply insert it into the small hole next to the microphone holes. To increase the sensitivity, turn it clockwise. To decrease the sensitivity, turn it anti-clockwise.

Right, that concludes the installation of the Freedor unit. Thank you very much for watching. Good luck.

 

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