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Install a Hydraulic Door Closer

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

Install a Hydraulic Door Closer

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.

An alternative to spring hinges

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 adjustable.

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.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Cordless drill
    • 4-in-1 screwdriver
    • Adjustable wrench
    • Level
    • Drill bit set

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • Hydraulic door closer
    • Hex bolts, nuts and lock washers

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