As a locksmith working in Toronto I open doors for people. More importantly, I make sure people can open doors.
A “Door Operator” is a device, usually located at the top of the door or on the door frame, that opens and closes the door automatically or by use of a switch. You may consider it a door opener, since you push a button and the door opens. It is also a door closer, since it opens and closes a door it is called an operator.
I want you to consider three door operators. The first is made by LCN. It is a rugged, door operator made by a well-known brand name company.
The second is made by Norton, another well-known company and is much smaller than the LCN operator.
The third is made in Canada, is rugged and it is green. Meaning environmentally friendly. It is the first door operator that does not require electricity from the grid to open the door.
The application I have in mind is a bathroom door that is required to have an automatic opener for disabled use. The door has already been installed by the contractor and the final coat of paint has dried. Now the owner of the building needs to install an automatic opener/closer. The location is real and it is in Toronto.
The LCN door operator is the first choice because this is a high traffic door. However, no preparations were made to the header (the wall above the door) to mount an operator. Drywall alone is not strong enough to support the weight of this type of operator. To make matters worse, the ceiling is too low to allow installation of the LCN door operator.
The Norton door operator is a good choice for this application. It will fit (always important) and it is a good quality name brand door operator. Now, how to get power to the operator. We will need to call in an electrician to run wires to an outlet to be located beside the Norton door operator. The drywallers will have to return after the electrician is finished making holes in the newly finished drywall then the painter will need to come back to re-paint the new drywall. If only we didn’t need electricity.
Enter the ADA EZ door operator. It installs like a door closer, below the level of the frame. It is self-powered – meaning it doesn’t have to be plugged into an electrical outlet. The best part is that it is on special and can be installed at a lower price than the other two operators.Jason Scheide