Bang! Our front storm door slammed shut behind me once again as I came in with a hand full of fresh tomatoes. The slamming noise woke me up a little. I decided to check the door and maybe do something about it.
I juggled the tomatoes into the kitchen before going back to look at the door. Homegrown tomatoes may save energy, but we grow them because they taste great. Healthy, saves energy and tastes great too. A real triple play.
After a few test slams, of the door, I determined that, not only was it annoying, it was not latching closed. The low bid door closer was not working no matter how I adjusted it.
We need the door to latch tight to keep the bugs out during nice days when we are operating it in the screen door mode. When heating season starts, we will need it closing tight, in the storm door mode, to help keep the heat inside the house.
I had better fix it quick. Good now I have an excuse to go to the building supply store.
Let’s see what else we need to do:
- Oil the hinges and latch
- Adjust the bottom of the door to close the gap there
- Check the weather stripping, fix as needed
- Install a new closer
- Adjust it to close tight every time without slamming
Double check the adjustment by setting the door in the storm door mode with the main door closed. If it closes tight this way, it will always close. As it closes, it will catch a cushion of air between the two doors and really have to work at closing until it latches. With the main door open and the screen in place on the outside door, it may slam just a little, but that is OK.
It is a good stand up job, better than the stoop labor of weeding the garden. This is a good job to do on a nice day, before the snow starts to fly.
A couple of different screwdrivers are need. The first one you grab will be the wrong type so get a straight blade one and a “cross point” one ready. The hardest part of the job is un-wrapping the new door closer.
Make sure you read the instructions before you destroy them to get the wrapper off. From there on it is an easy job.
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