How to Adjust Spring-Loaded Hinges

Written by paul massey
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Spring hinges are added to a standard door to close the door automatically and the proper adjustment is a simple matter of determining whether the closing tension needs to be increased or decreased. It's a test that any do-it-yourselfer is capable of performing.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Nailset or awl

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open the door fully and allow it to close by the force of the spring hinge. The door should close in a smooth, steady motion and the door strike should fully latch. If the door closes too fast or hard, the tension must be lessened. If the door does not close all the way or closes too slowly, the spring tension must be increased.

  2. 2

    Position the door in the fully closed position.

  3. 3

    Loosen the spring tension by placing the tip of a nailset or awl into an open hole in the hinge’s adjustment ring, typically at the top of the cylindrical spring housing of the hinge. Choose an open hole at least two positions away from the locking pin and push the adjustment ring horizontally toward the jamb until the locking pin can be extracted and moved to the hole next to it toward the jamb. With the locking pin reinserted, release the pressure until the pin rests against the stop. Test the door closing tension at the new position by opening the door and allowing it to close. Repeat this step if the tension must be lessened.

  4. 4

    Increase the spring tension by placing the tip of a nailset or awl into an open hole in the hinge’s adjustment ring Choose the open hole next to the locking pin and push the adjustment ring horizontally toward the jamb until the locking pin can be extracted and moved to the hole next to it toward the door. With the locking pin reinserted, release the pressure until the pin rests against the stop. Test the door's closing tension at the new position by opening the door and allowing it to close. Repeat this step if the tension must be increased.

Tips and warnings

  • For double-swing spring hinges, an adjustment ring is on both sides of the hinge and the appropriate adjustment must be made equally to both adjustment rings.

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