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Old 11-16-2011, 11:00 AM   #1
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Hello all, I just bought my first house and don't have much experience with DIY. Renting for most of life means you call someone when something needs done. Anyway, my present dilemma is this, I have a spring loaded hinge on my garage door that connects to the house. It's not adjusted correctly because it won't close the door. The door just stays open. It's the kind of hinge with a hex bolt adjustment at the top. I read that turning it clockwise is the way to tighten the spring so that it will close the door automatically. However, whenever I turn the adjusting bolt to tighten the spring load, then work the door to test it, it seems to work and then the bolt "pops" back into the loosened position after opening and closing the door. What am I doing wrong here?

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Bad door closer.
Sounds like a failed crimp or spot-weld.

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Old 11-16-2011, 12:13 PM   #3
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Bad door closer.
Sounds like a failed crimp or spot-weld.
Freakin father-in-law gave me the damn thing. Not the sharpest tool in the shed, that one.
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Old 11-16-2011, 02:38 PM   #4
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Pictures help.

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Pictures help.

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I'm at work so I can't take any pics but here is a file photo of hinges I found online. The one I have is exactly like the two gold ones on the right.


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Sounds to me as if the set screw is stripped out. Regardless of the fix, they will likely all require removal of the existing hinge.

Yes, I ride. I have a Hayabusa and a Husky 510R.

The sumo is more fun to me lately.

Where are you out of?
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Sounds to me as if the set screw is stripped out. Regardless of the fix, they will likely all require removal of the existing hinge.

Yes, I ride. I have a Hayabusa and a Husky 510R.

The sumo is more fun to me lately.

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Are you talking about removing all three hinges? Or did I read that wrong? If the spring loaded hinge is bad, couldn't I just replace it with a new one and leave the rest? Maybe I didn't get what you're talking aobut when you said they would all likely require removal.

I'm out of So Cal, near the city of Malibu.
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Just replace the one spring loaded unit.
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Let me ask you this before I go and replace it: perhaps I'm not adjusting it correctly. Do you know the procedure for adjusting these, i.e. do you do it with the door closed or open? and is the little hole in the barrel something that needs to be messed with to adjust this?
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I think you are pretty much doing it right but I would pull the adjustment screw all the way out to see if it is stripped.

http://www.doorware.com/specials/hel...ing-hinges.cfm
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I think you are pretty much doing it right but I would pull the adjustment screw all the way out to see if it is stripped.

http://www.doorware.com/specials/hel...ing-hinges.cfm
Thanks. I think I'm doing it right as well. I think I efft it up when I tried to adjust it at first because I was following my father in law's directions. For some reason he told me to "push" in the hex wrench while turning the screw, which I later found out is not necessary. So I probably broke the damn thing then. I don't know why I don't learn to never listen to his advice.

I'll probably just go get a new one and be done with it. They aren't expensive.
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I can remember messing with those type of hinge-closers years ago.

I'm thinking that type of hinge requires a tiny little "pin" that is placed in the hole in the barrel. The hex on top is how you would apply tension to the internal spring using an Allen wrench, then while holding tension insert the tiny pin. If more tension is desired, you would re-position the Allen wrench, remove the tiny pin while holding the existing tension, apply more tension with the Allen wrench and re-insert the tiny pin. The tiny pin would then come to rest against the hinge assembly to maintain the tension. The question now is...where's the tiny pin?

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