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:December / January 2000
Make adjustments to your storm door closer twice a year when you
exchange the screens and glass storm panels. Move the long connecting
pin into the forward hole (for winter) or rear hole (for springtime) of the
closer each time you change the storms or screens. If necessary, adjust the pressure control screw on the closer as well.
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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