Two options for door closers
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Replace two of the existing hinges with self-closing hinges.
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Use a door closer if hinge replacement is not a good option or you need a little more power and control.
It's code in most areas that the entry
door to an attached garage be “fire-rated” and have a
self-closing device. The purpose is to keep a garage fire
from spreading to the house. But don't worry—making
this door self-closing is as simple as changing two or
three of the door's hinges or installing a door closer at the
top of the door. It'll cost about the same to go
either route, and either is acceptable.
If you plan to use self-closing hinges, take
the original middle hinge to your home center or lumberyard,
and find self-closing hinges with plates the same
size as the ones already on the door. You may have to
chisel the edge of the door to get a new square-cornered
hinge to fit in mortises machined for round-cornered
hinges. Self-closing hinges look much like ordinary
hinges except they have a bigger barrel to house the
internal spring that makes them self-closing. Switch
hinges one at a time so you won't have to remove the
door, then wind and adjust the springs with the tools
and instructions provided.
Door closers work well for odd or old
doors that have hard-to-match hinges. They're also a
good choice if existing trim won't allow for the extra
thickness of the barrel found on self-closing hinges. You
can mount them on either side of the door. Drilling templates
and installation instructions come with the closer.
Whether you use a closer or self-closing hinges, adjust
the mechanism so the door closes and latches on its own
from a wide-open position.