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Old 11-19-2014, 11:07 PM   #1
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How to fix a door closer


I have a door that has a ball closer on the top of the door that slides into the closer on the top of the casing.

The ball portion does not protrude out far enough to keep the door closed tight when it slides into the other portion in the casing.

How is the ball portion held into the top of the door? Do I just pry it out and reinstall a new one? That easy?
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Is this a pocket door?

that unit in your picture is a pressed in item, it just pries up and out.

sometimes it's mating surface gets knocked out of alignment, see if it can be adjusted to keep the door closed tighter.


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Push the ball in, if it feels stiff then that's not your problem. Should be a spring under the ball.
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It looks as if it's way past due for some WD-40 followed by a dry graphite lube.
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Maybe I'm seeing a couple of notches for a spanner to adjust height.
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The ball mechanism screws into the mounting sleeve---to raise it up--unscrew it a turn or two---
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not sure of door style here, but is it possible that the door is sagging?
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The ball mechanism screws into the mounting sleeve---to raise it up--unscrew it a turn or two---
Just turn the ball mechanism to raise up or down?
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not sure of door style here, but is it possible that the door is sagging?
If it is the door sagging, do I need longer screws to pull the door up?
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if it is a door hung on hinges, then the hinges may need looked at. several things can make a door sag:
the door joints become loose and the door racks out of shape, the house settles and the door jamb/frame gets out of shape, or the hinges loosen.

evaluate these things and the gap around the door. make sure the screws are securely fastened. often you can place cardboard shims under the bottom hinge to give the door a lift back into alignment.
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Just turn the ball mechanism to raise up or down?
yes...yours is a slightly different style, but this image shows you the threads, and how the ball part moves. you can use a small screwdriver and hammer ( gently ) the mechanism around.

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