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timlynne 12-03-2010 09:19 AM

Larson Storm Door
I bought a Larson Storm Door this summer and it is driving me crazy. It has the double piston closer and I can't keep it adjusted. I have tried everything. It will close nice and easy for about 4 or 5 times and then it will slam shut after that . Adjust it again works fine 4 or 5 times and then slams shut. I'm afraid I',m going to break the glass:(

Ron6519 12-03-2010 09:32 AM

The door can need seasonal adjustments, but if it's more then this, contact Larson. The door is under warranty.
How a door closes depends a lot on how tight the main door is and whether it's open or closed. If the main door is closed, there will be an "air cushion" between the doors which will slow or stop a storm from latching.
Set the closing rate with the main door open. If need be, when you leave, push the storm closed. Or raise the bottom sweep so the air can have an escape route.

Mr Chips 12-03-2010 10:12 AM

There is a bracket on the door that the cylinder attaches to. it probably has two sets of holes in it, (your cyclinder is held in with a pin in one of these currently). One of these holes is for the door with the screen in, the other for when the glass is in. Pull the pin and put the cylinder in the other hole, see if that makes a difference.

timlynne 12-03-2010 10:16 AM

but it didn't work

Mr Chips 12-03-2010 10:26 AM


Originally Posted by timlynne (Post 544765)
but it didn't work

did you re-adjust the cylinder screw after you moved it?

timlynne 12-03-2010 10:28 AM

Yes I did and one was just turning loosely and lo and behold it is broke in two and just fell out. The other is turned all the way clockwise which according to Larson is the way to turn it for a slower closing door

Mr Chips 12-03-2010 10:34 AM


Originally Posted by timlynne (Post 544770)
The other is turned all the way clockwise which according to Larson is the way to turn it for a slower closing door

stupid question i realize, but did you try turning counter clockwise to see if it makes a diff?

timlynne 12-03-2010 10:36 AM

Not a stupid question but yes I did

Mr Chips 12-03-2010 11:37 AM

only other thing I can think of is that you could have your door jamb brackets on backward. Some of them are made to go either direction. it's all i can think of, hard to believe you would have got two bad cylinders

old duffo 07-16-2011 02:11 PM

storm door closer
The trouble I am having with my SD closer is that it starts to close real nice and then the last 3 or 4 inches, the closers (there are 2--top and bottom), seem to release and the door slams. I live in a town house and I am sure my neighboors don't appreciate the loud "bang" when it releases or whatever the closers do. I read somewhere that that action, the last few inches, is to insure the door closing and the latch engaging. Maybe that's true, but I'd like to be able to adjust something; ie the mounting brackets or something. The adjusting screws do their job OK, but I''d like the door to not slam so loud.......brevity is not my forte, sorry.

Mr Chips 07-16-2011 06:02 PM

It sounds like you have it set for glass, but have the screen in it instead. It would close harder in the glass setting to make up for the resistance since the air can't pass through it. See post #3 above.

gregzoll 07-16-2011 06:36 PM

In order to make them close the same speed, you have to make sure the pistons are on the right hole for season of use, and when you set the screws, you have to turn them until against the body of the closer, then turn each at the same number of turns, until you get them were the door closes properly. If slamming, then the closer may need a couple of drops of oil in them, or they are shot.

old duffo 07-17-2011 08:37 AM

door closer
Thanks Gregzoll, I'll try the oil thingy.....if I can find the oil hole, if there is such a place. I have already done the adjustments you instructed.:)

gregzoll 07-17-2011 11:04 AM

Old Duffo, you have to remove the screws, or coat the piston arms with a few drops of machine oil.

old duffo 07-19-2011 09:44 AM

Door closer
Thanks, again, gregzoll ! I'll give that a try.

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