How to install spring door hinges

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How to install spring door hinges
(bifold door image by Scrivener from

Spring hinges use a built-in spring tension mechanism that puts tension on the spring as the door is opened, then uses the release of that tension to automatically close the door. Whether for safety, privacy, noise or temperature control, adding a spring hinge helps ensure a door is not inadvertently left open.

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Things you need

  • Hammer
  • Nailset or awl
  • Screwdriver
  • Spring door hinge

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  1. 1

    Remove the door from the jamb by removing the hinge pins. Use a hammer to tap a nailset or awl against the bottom of the pin to push it up for extraction.

  2. 2

    Set the door upright on the strike edge to access the hinges, then remove the existing upper hinge halves from the door and door jamb using a screwdriver.

  3. 3

    Open the spring hinge and insert the door side hinge leaf into the top hinge mortise, making certain the spring-adjustment ring on the hinge is toward the top of the door. Attach the hinge leaf to the door with the screws provided.

  4. 4

    Stand the door upright and reinstall the door into the opening, replacing the lower and middle hinge pins to hold the door in place.

  5. 5

    Open the door to access the spring hinge from the inside and rotate the jamb leaf of the spring hinge into the hinge mortise on the jamb, then attach the jamb leaf with the screws provided.

  6. 6

    Close the door to adjust the spring hinge tension by inserting the tip of the spring hinge adjustment bar provided into the hole in the hinge adjustment ring closest to the door, then rotate the adjustment ring horizontally toward the jamb to increase the spring tension. Hold the spring tension with the adjustment bar and insert the adjustment ring locking pin into the open hole closest to the door, then release the tension to let the locking pin press against the pin tab on the hinge.

  7. 7

    Repeat the adjustment ring tensioning in Step 6 until the tension offers a fairly stiff resistance to rotating the adjustment ring, then test the door closing function by opening the door and allowing it to close by the spring hinge action. Adjust the spring hinge tension as necessary to make the door close smoothly and fully engage the door strike.

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