How to Install a Franklin Autoswing Carriage Garage Door Opener

The Ultimate Guide on How to Install Franklin Autoswing® Swinging Carriage Garage Door Opener

Important Notice: This tutorial is just an additional guide for the installation of the Franklin Opener and do not substitute the current installation manual. The installation manual should be followed for safe and proper operation. For Specialized technical support please call (877) 995-8155. We recommend two people to safely install the opener.

WHAT IS IN THE BOX

(2) Plastic Covers

(2) Swing Gate Motors

(2) Primary Levers
(2) Secondary Levers

(2) Motor Joints (Base Plates)

(2) Photo Eyes

(2) Transmitters (remotes)

Hardware Lever Kits (one pair for each motor)

Motor Knob Hardware Kit (one pair for each motor)

Motor Switch Kit (one pair for each motor)

Motor Joint Assemblage Kit

Wall button

Cable gland - motor assemblage joint

Power cord

Thalia Board (closed)

Thalia mother board

1. INSTALLING THE MOTOR JOINTS/BASE PLATES  

Note: for this tutorial we are starting with the door on the right size that will be the main door (open first, close last).

The first step is to install the motor joints/base plates.

Position the base plate about 7” from the edge of the door. Level the container and mark the
holes’ locations. TIP: For most applications, centering the bottom row of holes
on the jamb makes for the most secure installation

Level and mount the plate with minimum 3/8” x 4” lag bolts (not supplied). For proper arm clearance, the plate’s bottom must be no higher than the lowest part of the jamb.

Always make sure that the lag bolts penetrate solid header and/or blocking material.

Attach the motor and base cover to the base plate and tighten securely using Motor Joint Assemblage Kit (bag 4). Be sure that the motor is seated correctly in its plastic housing.

Note: The motor’s body should extend toward the side jamb/exterior edge of the door.

2. ASSEMBLING AND INSTALLING THE LEVERS (ARMS)  

The second step is to assemble the levers/arms and attach them to the motor and to the door.

Before we start, just look at the image above and pay attention to the arms orientation. In this example we are starting with the right side motor.

For this step you will need one Primary and one Secondary Lever and the Hardware Lever Kits components (bag 1).

  1. On a flat surface, place the Secondary Lever as shown on the image on the left;
  2. Insert rounded plastic sleeve followed by the Primary Lever;
  3. Flip the levers and insert a washer followed by the safety black pin;
  4. Flip the levers back to the original position (washer and pin facing down).

Now we are going to insert the mounting bracket that will connect the levers to the door using the components from bag 1.

  1. Insert the rounded plastic sleeve to the door mounting bracket as shown on the left image;
  2. Flip the attachment and insert it to the end of the Secondary Lever;
  3. Before attaching the washer and safety pin, make sure the both washers are on the same side of the levers as shown of the first image of this section.

2.1. ATTACHING THE LEVERS TO THE MOTOR AND DOOR  

Slide the attached levers to the base of the motor using the Long Safety Pin and C Ring (bag 1).

Before attaching the lever's bracket to the door, open and hold the door the desired fully open position (approx. 105 degrees is recommended).

  1. On the top of the motor, find the manual/emergency handle (we will get back to this handle later) and rotate it clockwise. This action will release the motor allowing for manual opening.
  2. Rotate the arms until the mounting bracket touches the door. You may have to hold the handle down while you rotate the levers. When you reach the desired position, let go of the manual handle. You might have to slightly rotate the arms until you hear a click. This click indicate the levers are in acceptable position.
  3. With a measuring tape, mark the centerline of the door mounting bracket at 40” from the center of the shaft. Making sure that the arm is level, Mount the lever to the door with #14 x 1-1/2” pan head screws (not supplied). See image below for reference.

Levers installation overview diagram:

3. INSTALLING THE MOTOR SWITCH

Important: the switches tell the motor when to stop moving. The incorrect installation of these switches will cause the door to stop before the the full open/closed position.

On this step we will use the Motor Switch Kit (bag 3).

  1. Install the full cam/cap on top of the metal shaft. Do not fully tighten the fixing screws;
  2. install the ring cam on top of the full cam. Do not fully tighten the fixing screws;

 

Note: On the right side motor, the full cap is responsible for the door's closed position and the top ring is responsible for the open position. On the left side, the full cap is responsible for the door's open position and the ring for the closed position.

DETERMINING THE FULL CLOSED POSTION

  1. Using the manual/emergency handle, bring the door to the full closed position;
  2. With the door on the closed position, rotate the bottom cam/cap until you hear a ‘click’ indicating that the cam pressed the limit switch (the little red switch), then lock it in position by tightening the center screws. Do not rotate the cam and ring more than necessary.

 

DETERMINING THE FULL OPEN POSTION

  1. Using the manual/emergency handle, bring the door to the full open position;
  2. With the door on the open position, rotate the top ring until you hear a ‘click’ indicating that the cam pressed the limit switch (the little red switch), then lock it in position by tightening the center screws. Do not rotate the cam and ring more than necessary.

CONFUSED ABOUT THE SWITCHES?

Setting the full closed position on the motor

Take a look a this video of the switches in action for reference! Note how the motor stops when the switch is pressed.

Note: the left motor’s cams (close vs open) are inverted from those of the right motor. Adjust as necessary.

Motor Switch Installation overview diagram:

3.1. WIRING THE MOTOR

Insert a Conductor Power Cord (not supplied) on the circular on the edge of the motor using the pieces of bag 1. Connect wires as shown on image above and tighten the screws.

Important: The Polarity is reversed on the other motor, so the wiring will be different for you secondary door (door that open last and close first).

3.2. ASSEMBLING THE MOTOR COVER

To install the cover, we will use the components from the Motor Knob Hardware Kit (bag 2). Note that the orientation of one of the parts will be different on the right and left motor.

Correct Left and Right Cover assembly diagram overview.
Cover assembly diagram overview.

3.3. ATTACHING THE THE MOTOR COVER

  1. Hold the cover over the motor, with the front of the cover angled toward you.
  2. Rock the cover rearward until the cover is seated.

Important: The cover must be installed in this way so that the Manual Operation can engage properly with the motor.

Cover installation diagram.

REPEAT STEPS 1 THROUGH 3 FOR THE SECONDARY MOTOR (IF APPLICABLE), PAYING SPECIAL ATTENTION TO:

  1. LEVERS ORIENTATION
  2. MOTOR SWITCHES (REVERTED OPEN AND CLOSE SWITCHES)
  3. MOTOR WIRING (REVERSED POLARITY).
  4. MOTOR COVER DIFFERENT LEFT/RIGHT ASSEMBLY.

4. INSTALLING THE THALIA BOARD  

Attach the board to the desired position on the wall. On the bottom part of each number is a small screw that should be loosened for the wires to be attached properly. Tighten the screws once the wiring is complete.

4.1 . CONNECTING MOTOR CORDS TO THE BOARD

Note: make sure to insert the wires in the right numbers. Incorrect wiring will cause the motors to not operate properly.

PRIMARY MOTOR WIRING

The primary motor controls the door that will open first and close last. For Single door application only use Motor 1 wiring. On this tutorial the primary motor is on the right side of the door.

  1. Connect Motor wires to motor output terminal 10 and 11, and the limit input at terminal 42.

 

SECONDARY MOTOR WIRING

The secondary motor controls the door that will open last and close first. For dual motor installations this will be your second motor.

  1. Motor 2 output terminals are 14 and 15, and the limit input is terminal 43.

5. INSTALLING THE PHOTO EYES  

The Photo Eyes/Photo Beams are the sensors that go on the lower part of the door casing and will stop the motor in case of obstruction. There are two photo beams styles available. On this tutorial we are using "Example 2". There are two sensor eyes, the receiver and the transmitter.

  1. Remove the jumper wire from #70 and #72 on the Thalia Board. The jumper wire on #70 and #74 should stay as it is.
  2. Using a thermostat wire (not provided), wire the photo eyes to the Thalia board as shown below.
  3. Mount the Photo Eyes on both sides 16" - 24" from the floor making sure both
Photo Eyes wiring diagram overview.

6. INSTALLING THE WALL BUTTON

The Wall Button allow for quick and easy operation of the opener. We recommend using 22G wires.

  1. Remove the two screws holding the decorative bezel around the switch and pull off the cover;
  2. Mount the switch in desired location. Do not overtighten the screws;
  3. Connect the normally open (top left) wire to terminal #61;
  4. Connect the common wire (bottom right) to terminal #60;
  5. Replace decorative bezel.

7. ATTACHING THE POWER CORD TO THE BOARD

The last step before turning on your new opener, is to install the power cord. Connect the wires to cable wires to the board as shown on the image above.

8. AUTOSET PROGRAMMING FOR QUICK SETUP

The Franklin Autoswing comes “out of the box” with preprogrammed defaults
that allow the unit to function with just a small amount of initial setup programming.

Menu navigation:

Pressing the [+] button scrolls UP
Pressing the [-] button scrolls DOWN
Pressing the [OK] button moves to the NEXT selection
Pressing [+] & [-] at the same time EXITS the menu

8.1 . QUICK SET UP

NOTE: Make sure the doors are in the closed position before running the Autoset. If one door has an astragal watch carefully that the doors do not bind. If the doors are trying to open to the opposite direction, unplug power cord quickly.

    1. Press the [OK] button once
      The display will read “LANG” (language) followed by “ITA” (Italian)
      • Scroll down using the minus [-] button until you see “ENG” (English)
      displayed
      • Then press the [OK] button

    2. The word “TYPE” will be displayed briefly
      • Press the minus [-] button until “IGEA” is displayed
      • Then press [OK]

      3. The next screen will display “N. MOT” (Number of Motors)
      • Scroll down with the minus [-] button until “2” is displayed
      • Press [OK][OK][OK][OK][OK][OK][OK][OK] twice again
      • “PARAM” will appear on the display
      • Use [–] button to scroll to “LOGIC”
      • Press [OK]

      • Use [–] button until you see “OPEN IN OTHER DIRECT
      • Press [OK][OK]
      • Press [+] and [–] at same time twice to exit menu
      Test Autoset again

      If one of both doors are not stopping at the correct open and closed positions, the Motors Switches are installed incorrectly. Revisit step 3: INSTALLING THE MOTOR SWITCH and adjust the switches as needed.

8.3 . PROGRAMMING THE WIRED WALL BUTTON

To get into the programming menu press [OK][OK] twice again
• “PARAM” will appear on the display
• Use [–] button to scroll to “LOGIC”
• Press [OK][OK][OK]

You are now good to go! If you are installing additional accessories, please refer to the full Franklin Autoswing installation manual.

For Specialized technical support please call (877) 995-8155

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