If your screen or storm door is always slamming shut, consider installing a closer like the one shown below.

Installation instructions come with most kits.

Hydraulic Door Closer
Hydraulic Door Closer Global Door Controls

Here are a few basic guidelines: Make sure all the other door hardware is in good working order.

Installing a Hydraulic Door Closer

To install a hydraulic door closer, fasten the door-mounting bracket to the door’s top rail. Mount the jamb bracket to the head jamb.

Adjust the length of the chain. If it’s too short, you won’t be able to go in and out easily; if it’s too long, the door will keep slamming shut.

Hydraulic Door Closer Installed
Hydraulic Door Closer Installed


Installing a Pneumatic Door Closer

To install a pneumatic closer, fasten the door-mounting bracket to the door’s top rail.

Adjust the closing speed by turning the adjustment screw in the end cap.

Pneumatic Door Closer Installed
Pneumatic Door Closer Installed

To install a hydraulic closer, attach the bracket and cylinder and the jamb-mounting bracket. Adjust the closing speed by inserting a screwdriver into the adjustment screw, pushing the screwdriver in, and turning the screw 180 degrees.

Pneumatic Door Closer
Pneumatic Door Closer National Hardware

Here is a helpful video that shows how to install a screen door closer:


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