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I have a storm door that has springs in the hinges - in theory, they're supposed to close the door, and they worked OK for a couple of years.

Lately, however, they no longer close the door properly. Is there any way to restore them, or do I need to replace them (or purchase a proper door closer)?

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Door closing hinges I've used in the past have had a tightening mechanism. At one end there is a grub screw and a series of holes in a ring where the spring is joined to the base plate.

You loosen the grub screw and use an Allen key to increase the tension on the spring.

This should mean that the door closes (at least for a couple more years).

Be careful not to tighten it too much or you might have problems pushing the door open against the spring or it will snap back very quickly indeed.

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  • I took a look this morning, and there are no adjustments on the hinge.
    – chris
    Dec 17 '10 at 18:28
  • @chris - then I suppose it's new hinges then or a door closer.
    – ChrisF
    Dec 17 '10 at 18:30
  • Yep! sounds like new hinges to me. Dec 18 '10 at 17:06

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