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How to Install a Door Closer

If your screen or storm door is always slamming shut, consider installing a closer. Installation instructions come with most kits.

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Hydraulic Door Closer

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

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Hydraulic Door Closer Installed

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.

 

 

Installing a Pneumatic Door Closer

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Pneumatic Door Closer Installed

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.

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.

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Pneumatic Door Closer

 

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Don Vandervort has developed his expertise for more than 30 years, as Building Editor for Sunset Books, Senior Editor at Home Magazine, author of more than 30 home improvement books, and writer of countless magazine articles. He appeared for 3 seasons on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert for several years. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.
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