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Old 06-02-2013, 01:16 PM   #16
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If the latch is sticking, start with some graphite and see if it will loosen up.

If it doesn't, plan on pulling it apart and inspecting it.
Fixed it. Now I have to fix the door from slamming shut. It shakes the entire door. I out the closer pin in the summer position, buy same thing happens.

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Buy new pistons. After a while the felt in them dry out, and/or if the screw is missing or miss-adjusted, they can cause the slamming problem. You can also get different PSI closers, depending on the weight of the door.

Larson is pretty good about packaging the correct closer with their doors, but if someone came along later and did not maintain them, or changed them out with the wrong ones, you end up with problems.
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Buy new pistons. After a while the felt in them dry out, and/or if the screw is missing or miss-adjusted, they can cause the slamming problem. You can also get different PSI closers, depending on the weight of the door.

Larson is pretty good about packaging the correct closer with their doors, but if someone came along later and did not maintain them, or changed them out with the wrong ones, you end up with problems.
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Try using the adjustment screw on the closure -
Usually, Larson closures are OK.
We have gotten Bad ones, though!
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My storm door makes a popping sound when it opens and closes. What should I check 1st?
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My storm door makes a popping sound when it opens and closes. What should I check 1st?
The hinges, to see if they are binding against wood. Then the closers.
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The hinges, to see if they are binding against wood. Then the closers.
What do I check regarding g the closers? Last month I adjusted the door so it closes faster. This just started happening.
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You know that you do not have to keep posting back about every little problem on this door. You just need to stand there, and listen for where it is happening, then think in your head a solution. The closers could cause it if they are binding, or the brackets for them were not put in the correct place.

The hinges could be hanging up on the wood framing that the metal frame for the storm door is against.

Again, just stand there and look and listen, then think through how to fix it. And again, you do not have to keep coming back for every little thing, but if it is major and you want an idea how to figure it out, yes come back for suggestions.

Our backdoor hinges were rubbing against the Brick molding on the new door when I rehung it, so out came the Multi-Tool with a flat cutting blade, to cut away some of the wood against the hinges, and fixed the rubbing/creaking problem that I had.
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You know that you do not have to keep posting back about every little problem on this door. You just need to stand there, and listen for where it is happening, then think in your head a solution. The closers could cause it if they are binding, or the brackets for them were not put in the correct place.

The hinges could be hanging up on the wood framing that the metal frame for the storm door is against.

Again, just stand there and look and listen, then think through how to fix it. And again, you do not have to keep coming back for every little thing, but if it is major and you want an idea how to figure it out, yes come back for suggestions.

Our backdoor hinges were rubbing against the Brick molding on the new door when I rehung it, so out came the Multi-Tool with a flat cutting blade, to cut away some of the wood against the hinges, and fixed the rubbing/creaking problem that I had.
Thanks, but I have no clue about what your last statement meant. If anything just ignore this post if it bugs you so much.
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The last part is telling you to look for the not so obvious reason why the door is making noise, and that is usually your culprit. Took me awhile to figure out that it was the hinges on the door rubbing against the wood framing, thinking at first it was the hinges.

Again, if it is popping or binding, Hinges misaligned door, piston hanging up, or brackets not installed properly or coming loose would be why. So yes stand there when it is quite, clear your mind, then slowly open and close the door, listening for where the sound is coming from.

When you can figure out where the sound is coming from, then decide if some minor adjustments need to be done, such as remove the piston and see if it stops, or possibly pull the door completely off the door frame, and move the hinge plate to see if it is still making noise.

Look for any rub marks on the other two aluminum frames, which means the door may be hitting and causing the problem. Look on the outside around the frame. There should be at least a 1/8" to 1/4" gap at max around the perimeter on the top and latch side. Hinge side is set by the hinge frame, when attached properly at the door.

If all else fails, then possibly your door is warped, and need to contact Larson if it is within the warranty period and send them the info they request on their site to see if it qualifies for factory replacement of a new unit.
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The last part is telling you to look for the not so obvious reason why the door is making noise, and that is usually your culprit. Took me awhile to figure out that it was the hinges on the door rubbing against the wood framing, thinking at first it was the hinges.

Again, if it is popping or binding, Hinges misaligned door, piston hanging up, or brackets not installed properly or coming loose would be why. So yes stand there when it is quite, clear your mind, then slowly open and close the door, listening for where the sound is coming from.

When you can figure out where the sound is coming from, then decide if some minor adjustments need to be done, such as remove the piston and see if it stops, or possibly pull the door completely off the door frame, and move the hinge plate to see if it is still making noise.

Look for any rub marks on the other two aluminum frames, which means the door may be hitting and causing the problem. Look on the outside around the frame. There should be at least a 1/8" to 1/4" gap at max around the perimeter on the top and latch side. Hinge side is set by the hinge frame, when attached properly at the door.

If all else fails, then possibly your door is warped, and need to contact Larson if it is within the warranty period and send them the info they request on their site to see if it qualifies for factory replacement of a new unit.
Sound is coming from the bottom left .
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Sound is coming from the bottom left .
I'm assuming you mean the bottom left looking out from the house. Remove one side of the piston so it's not connected to the storm door. Open and close the door. If the sound stops, then it's the piston. If it doesn't then look at the hinges for binding.

Since you recently adjusted the pistons, it's likely the culprit.
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I'm assuming you mean the bottom left looking out from the house. Remove one side of the piston so it's not connected to the storm door. Open and close the door. If the sound stops, then it's the piston. If it doesn't then look at the hinges for binding.

Since you recently adjusted the pistons, it's likely the culprit.
Could it be because of the heat?
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Yes, due to if there is direct sun on that side of the house towards afternoon. My backdoor expands, but like I said, I fixed the hinge problem, by using a multi-tool to cut away a bit of wood, where the hinges were rubbing.

If the door has expanded, that it is catching the frame, you are going to have to undo the screws for the latch side of the frame and move it over a bit, if that is where it is catch. Same goes for the top, if it is catching there.

Like I said before, you can tell if it is catching, because there will be bare metal or rub marks, from it doing it over time.
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Could it be because of the heat?
Could be. Try operating the door first thing in the morning after it has had a chance to cool down. You need to determine the source of the noise first.

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