Any ideas on inexpensive door openers?
Gardner, Richard J
richard.j.gardner at boeing.com
Thu Feb 14 19:03:03 PST 2002
If the goal is to unlock the dead bolt, you might consider using a battery
powered deadbolt actuator with an infrared controller. These systems are
inexpensive, easy to install and battery operated. Smarthome offers several
such units, some with X-10 protocol, thus multiple switching options (e.g.,
motion sensors, load cells, infrared beams, etc.).
If the person needs a power assisted door opener, check-out
http://www.gentlemandoor.com/. A quick web search turned them up, so I
can't vouch for the quality of the system... however, looks like a pretty
nifty way to use pneumatics vs. 110V ac power to open a door.
Hope this helps.
Rich Gardner, P.E.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
From: R. Baarslag-Benson [mailto:rossbb at u.washington.edu]
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2002 5:21 PM
To: Statewide forum on assistive-technology issues
Subject: Any ideas on inexpensive door openers?
Our Assistive Tech Ctr is trying to help someone with a power wheelchair.
She lives in an area with frequent power outages, making electronic door
openers with battery backup very expensive.
She especially needs to be able to open an upstairs door into the
two-story garage, then a door to the outside at the bottom of a 90 ft ramp.
Has anyone heard of a mechanical setup for this? Such as guiding her
wheelchair wheel to push down a lever sticking up out of a hole in the
floor. That could pull a cable, releasing a bolt that locks the door?
All suggestions appreciated, Ross
Ross Baarslag-Benson, M.S., CCC-SLP, ATP
Speech Pathology Clinical Specialist
Assistive Technology Center
Harborview Medical Center, Seattle
206 731-4451 non-work email: rossbb at attbi.com
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