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Adjusting a door closer so that it stops just before it latches?

Adjusting a door closer so that it stops just before it latches?

Old 07-23-14, 11:03 AM
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Adjusting a door closer so that it stops just before it latches?

I was wondering how I might adjust a door closer so that the doorstops just before it latches. I understand this probably involves adjusting the door closer arms but I'm not sure how I would do this.
Old 07-23-14, 11:42 AM
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Much will depend on what kind of closer you have and what kind of door it is. Better closers can have 2 or 3 adjustments, cheap ones basically only have one.
Old 07-23-14, 02:32 PM
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If you are speaking of a residential closer such as used on a storm door, there is a screw at the tip of the pneumatic closer. Clockwise will stiffen the door, counter clockwise will loosen the close. The screw head is on the latch side of the closer.
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Hello Quietmouse,

from what I read, are you asking how to stop it from slamming the door (slows down before latching)

or are you asking to find one that does not latch the door, but closes until 3 inches and stops????

if your asking about slowing down before latching, most commercial door closers (Norton, LCN, Yale) have 2 or 3 speed adjustment screws on them like Gunguy mentioned.

if you want to adjust the last 3 inches, there should be a screw labelled L, turn it faster or slower to match your needs, if its unlabelled (no indication what screw does what) it may help if you posted a picture of the closer in question.

if this is a SCREEN DOOR CLOSER: most have 2 hole positions on the end nearest the speed adjustment screw, in summer, you move the pin to the hole nearest the closer (when you have screen in door) the other hole is for winter use, the door will have a snappy motion to latch, this you cannot adjust like a commercial office door closer.

if your wanting it to hold the door open the 3 inches (not latch the door, and can be a safety risk/security hazard) some brands (LCN, an expensive closer brand) makes a TEL option closer, it will operate like a normal closer but will keep door open at the last 3 inches, (as its used on telephone booths, keeps door open slightly to indicate the booth is empty)

may I ask why you want the door to stay open??

hope this info helps,

-Jess the door closer doctor

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