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Doors and Components Category

Problem:

Door closer of a screen or storm door no longer closes correctly and is otherwise damaged beyond repair.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Appropriate door closer unit, including brackets and screws

  • Screwdriver

  • Pliers

  • Power drill and appropriate bit

  • Template

  • Pencil

Solution:

 

In the course of using your screen or storm door, you may come across a malfunctioning or otherwise damaged door closer unit.  The way to remedy this problem is to replace the door closer unit with a new one.

Caution: When dealing with sharp objects, such as a power drill, make sure you take precautions; read all product manufacturer instructions.

Replacing a door closer unit with a new one can be done in a few steps, and here's how:

  1. With the door closed, using your hands or a pair of pliers, pull out the pin that is used to keep the door closer rod/cylinder attached to the door frame bracket.

  2. Having removed the pin, use a screwdriver to unscrew all screws from the door and door frame brackets of the door closer unit so as to fully remove the door closer unit off of the door and door frame.

  3. Use one hand to set the new door closer door frame bracket where it will ultimately be placed and another hand to mark with a pencil the locations of the new holes in which screws will go to secure such a bracket; if you choose to, instead of using the brackets, you may use a template to help mark where the new holes will be if it is provided with the new door closer unit.  (This option of preparing to drill in new holes may not be desirable if the mounting door closer screws are designed to be visible, as in such cases the previous holes may cause an eyesore, which will need to be patched and possibly refinished to match the existing appearance of the whole door scheme.  You may want to explore the option of attempting to reuse the existing holes if they are still capable of holding screws securely or they would be able to hold bigger screws, if need be.)

  4. Once done with all the markings of where the new holes will be for the securing of the door closer door frame bracket, use a power drill with the appropriate drill bit to drill pilot holes in these hole markings.

  5. Secure the door closer door frame bracket by putting it into place on the door frame and securing it by screwing in screws into the new now-drilled-in holes.

  6. Once securing the door closer door frame bracket to the door frame with screws, with the door closed, attach the door closer rod/cylinder to the door frame bracket with the pin supplied in the package of the new door closer unit.

  7. Keep the door closed for the installation of the door closer door bracket.

  8. Use one hand to set the new door closer door bracket where it will ultimately be placed on the door--considering where the door closer door frame bracket has already been secured in order to make sure the new location of the door bracket is not too far away or too close to the door framer bracket--and another hand to mark with a pencil the locations of the new holes in which screws will go to secure such a bracket; again, if you choose to, instead of using the brackets, you may use a template to help mark where the new holes will be if it is provided with the new door closer unit.

  9. With the door closer door bracket installed, attach the other end of the door closer rod/cylinder to this bracket just as the other end of the door closer rod/cylinder had been attached to the door closer door frame bracket in the previous steps.

  10. With the new door closer unit fully assembled, adjust the shutting speed of this door closer to your liking.

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