Screen Door Closer

A screen door closer can be helpful if you are having problems with insects getting in because the screen door is constantly left open. Its good for children and for pets because it will automatically close the door behind them

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How it works:

Have you ever seen those keychains where the keys are kept on the end of a long thin spring loaded chain attached to a housing that clips on your belt?   

When you are finished with the keys the chain springs back to the housing. The closer works the same way. There is a housing that mounts on the slider, and a long spring loaded string which gets attached to the door frame.

When you open the screen door, the string pulls out. As soon as you let go, the spring pulls on the string and closes it.

One thing to watch out for is that it wont work properly if your slider is hard to open. If you have a problem with rollers or a damaged frame, get it fixed first before installing a closer.

The slider needs to glide open and closed easily for the closer to work properly.

Screen closers come in a couple of different types. The most common are small plastic housing's that mount on the top. 

They have a string which pulls out of the housing and attaches to the door jamb.

Other types have a housing which resembles a long thin plastic tube. The tube still gets mounted to the slider.

These also have a string which pulls out and attaches to the door jamb.

Both types use spring pressure to close the door.

Before purchasing a screen door closer, make sure your screen door slides easily. The closer wont work with a door that is hard to open. If the door wont slide get the rollers fixed.

The closer pictured installs on the bottom (or the top) of a sliding screen door. On the side furthest away from the lock.

How to install a closer :

Its very simple to install a screen closer.  

  1. If your door has a rubber bugflap, cut it back 2-1/2" to make room for the closer
  2. Close the slider completely and drill a hole through the screen door track 4 inches away from the edge of the door.
  3. Attach the screen closer to the slider frame with screws. You may need to pre-drill a hole slightly smaller than the size of the screw to make it easier to install the screw and prevent the screw from breaking as you screw it in.
  4. Pull the slider open. The string will pull out and will slide closed as soon as you let go of it.

If you have a slider that is in between panels of glass, you need to watch out where you mount the closer to make sure it does not interfere with the operation of the sliding glass panels. 

You may have to install the closer higher up than 2-1/2 inches to allow room to adjust the roller adjusting screws for your slider.

You may have a use a closer shaped like a long thin tube on these types of doors. These closers mount on the edge of one of the vertical slider rails and are thin enough that they do not interfere with the glass panels.

Here are some closers available for sale on eBay. Note that there are a number of listings for storm door closers as well. These are meant for aluminum storms with hinges. 

Check for the types for sliding doors to make sure you find the right kind.

Be sure to carefully check the feedback of any sellers before doing business with them.

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