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Adjusting a Storm Door Closer

Make a simple closer adjustment to keep your storm door from banging shut, or remaining open when you lower or raise the glass panel for winter or summer.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Adjust your storm door closer

The next time you readjust the screens and glass storm panels in your self-storing combo storm door, don't forget to change the location of the long pin connecting the door bracket with the door closer tube (photo). When the glass storm panels are down, place the connecting pin in the front hole of the closer tube (closest to the door bracket). This increases the closer pressure on the door in the last few inches of travel to ensure that the door latch snaps into the catch. When the screens are down, place the connecting pin in the rear hole of the closer tube (farthest from the door bracket). Now, instead of slamming shut, the door will slow down as it nears the door catch. To increase or decrease the pressure exerted by the door closer, turn the screw controlling the bypass valve in the closer tube. Refer to the instructions on the closer tube's label.

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September 23, 1:27 PM [GMT -5]

There are 3 Adjustments (typical) on a door closer.
S Sweep Rate adjustment for long closing swing of door
L Latch Rate adjustment for short latch swing of door
BC Backcheck Adjustment to slow/limit the door’s max open angle
This storm door closer shown here only has ONE adjustment besides summer and winter. The only adjustment here is SWEEP, no Latch adjustment, or back latch. so the storm door will allways slam into the latch.

October 21, 1:38 PM [GMT -5]

The door does not open as wide or as easily as we would like. I have tried moving the door bracket closer to the doorframe to the point where the door bangs shut the last few inches of closing. This lets us open the door marginally further. Is there a better way? Is there a different size/type of closer that allows both wider opening and proper closing? The opener I have is made by HSI.

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