Garage service doors and other fire-rated doors need self-closing hinges, but for a few dollars more you can upgrade to a hydraulic door closer that lasts longer and performs better.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:May 2010
Rotate the “sweep” adjuster to slow the closing speed
to about five seconds (it will prevent the door from
bumping you in the rear as you exit). Then turn the
“latch” adjuster to get a quick, one-second final swing
to latch the door.
Spring hinges are a little cheaper, but can be a pain to install and adjust.
Replacement spring hinges are expensive. But for just a
little more money, you can buy a
high-quality hydraulic door closer
(shown here is Global No. TC2204; available through our affiliation with amazon.com). You can find
less expensive door closers, but
they don't last as long and are less
If you have a steel door, don't use
the wood screws that come with the
unit (they'll pull out after a week).
Instead, drill the mounting holes
(make sure the drill is level) all the
way through the door and mount the
unit with hex bolts, nuts and lock
washers. Then fine-tune the door's
operation as shown.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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