I just weatherstripped some wood storm doors for a client using RCT’s weatherstrippng router system. I’d never used this system before, but it’s very user-friendly for retrofits. I highly recommend it.
The weatherstripping adds a bit of resistance to closing and latching, of course, so we decided to upgrade both the latches and the closers. A Merit mortise lock (expensive, but good) solved one of those problems.
But the old Dexter Dialmatic closer that I used to use no longer exists. It used a torsion spring mounted to the jamb, with an air-resistance tube to adjust closing speed. Stanley and Wright Products both make similar closers, so I special-ordered the sleeker-looking Stanley CD1768.
The spring hub on the Stanley needs more room between the entry and storm doors than standard house wall thickness provides, so among other things, its hold-open feature doesn’t work. It’s also just plain too wimpy to completely close the door. And although it was clearly labeled and marketed as a screen and storm door closer, the instructions say it should ONLY (their caps) be used on entry doors, never on screen or storm doors. Thanks a lot, Stanley!
Now I’m taking heat from my customers because their doors don’t work. I’m considering ordering the Wright Products closer, which is pretty ugly, but might work better.
I should mention that because of the flex of the thin doors, I’ll need two closers per door, which rules out top-jamb-mount, articulated arm types. Any other closers I should try? Help!