This guide will teach you how to install a storm door and screen closer, a device that helps to keep your storm door closed tightly. Learn about the main types of door storm screen closers available and how to install a door storm screen closer yourself.
If your screen or storm door is always slamming shut or failing to close tightly on its own, consider installing a closer like the one shown below.
Installation instructions vary with different types. Fortunately they come with most kits.
Here are a few basic guidelines: Make sure all the other door hardware is in good working order.
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.
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.
Here is a helpful video that shows how to install a screen door closer: