Easy Fix for a Screen/Storm Door Closer
How annoying is it to have your ankle bitten by a screen or storm door that closes too fast? Not only is it annoying, but it can really hurt! Why put up with a screen door hydraulic closer that no longer works well when you can fix or replace it in a few minutes.
Today I’ve partnered with National Hardware to show you an Easy Fix for a Screen/Storm Door Closer and save the skin on your heels.
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- Screen/Storm Door closer
- Drill with Phillips head bit
It is possible that your screen/storm door closer just needs to have the tension adjusted. Locate the tension adjustment screw on the end of the door closer. Turn the screw clockwise to tighten and make the door close slower. Turn the screw counter-clockwise to loosen and make the door close faster.
If the door closer continues to not operate smoothly (or the door closer is unsightly), you may need to replace it.
Close the door completely. Press up to remove the pin from the bracket and release the door closer barrel. If the pin is under too much tension, open the door an inch and slide the open clip against the barrel and try again.
Remove the pin from the door side bracket. The barrel can now be completely removed.
Loosen the screws from the bracket on the screen door to remove the bracket.
Loosen the screws from the door jamb bracket and remove.
Attach the new bracket to the door jamb with provided screws.
Slide hold open clip up against the closer barrel.
Insert the pin into the closer barrel and the jamb bracket.
Install new bracket onto screen door. Keep screws slightly loose.
Slip the other pin into the barrel and the bracket.
Slide the bracket away from the barrel until there is no slack. Tighten screws on the bracket.
Your new screen door closer is installed. Time to test the door.
Make any adjustments necessary to the tension screw.
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What if I have a better design/invention so that the door closure closes slow enough to be effective but also completely latches.
I want the door to slow down when it is 3/4’s open. The slowing down process does not start until it is 3/4’s shut. Any suggestions?
You might want to try replacing the closer.
This was awesome! Just finished replacing the closer and I’m so glad it’s not a total door problem! Thank you!!
Ours keeps slamming shut at the last 3 to 4 inches. Any thoughts?
Try replacing the closer. If that doesn’t work, you might try a different brand. Or adjust the screw on the end for the tension.
I noticed that the closure is only halfway mounted on the actual 2×4 door frame. Will this hold long term?
I need to mount a storm door on my front entrance but the jamb is only 2 3/8 width. I would have to add another piece of wood to the jamb so that the closure has enough surface to attach to. I dont think I can attach a 2×4 section such as you have in the picture. I might be able to do a 1×4.
There is blocking attached to the outside of the door jamb that adds more support. I say try the 1×4 and see.
Hi thanks for the instructions. Our door wasn’t fixed even after changing the pneumatic opener I’m thinking the spring on the top has to do something with it do you have any idea how the spring needs to be fixed?
Oh my goodness! That is so much easier than I ever would have thought. I thought we were going to have to replace the whole door and didn’t think I could just replace that part. Thanks for sharing!
You rock girl!