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ExDeeps  
#1 Posted : 02 May 2018 07:36:08(UTC)
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ExDeeps

Something I've not really thought about until a door snapped shut as I reached for it ....!

I've just stopped and played with several doors (Office and corridor) to see how they shut on the spring loaded closures. Basically from fully open they move relatively slowly then "snap" shut over the last 10 to 15cm of movement. Is this normal? Now that I think about it surely the last few inches should be slow so you can get your fingers out of the way. Just curious really as I think the slow then fast is actually the normal way round. If so, why?

Thanks,

Curious Jim

Hsquared14  
#2 Posted : 02 May 2018 07:47:04(UTC)
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Hsquared14

Hi, yes that is absolutely normal, the last 10 to 15cm is the latching close, without that the door wouldn't close against a latch.  That is how door closers work, they can be adjusted to give a soft close where there is no latching requirement or you don't want doors to bang shut, but if there is a latch then you need that last bit of oomph for the door to shut properly.

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ExDeeps on 02/05/2018(UTC)
ExDeeps  
#3 Posted : 02 May 2018 07:51:43(UTC)
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ExDeeps

There you go, every day's a learning day,

Thanks,

Slightly more knowledgable Jim

boblewis  
#4 Posted : 02 May 2018 08:52:29(UTC)
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boblewis

The real issue with this type of closer is that they require greater than 20 newtons to start the opening process and this actually contravenes the accessibility requirements under the Building Regs.  However most Building Control organisations do not follow this requirement - unfortunately for the frail and disabled.

boblewis  
#5 Posted : 12 May 2018 20:49:16(UTC)
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boblewis

Sorry to bump this but one should really wonder why a snib catch is necessary when a door is closed to a rebate with a door closer.  The closer will keep it closed and locks can also still be used without the snib.

Edited by user 12 May 2018 20:50:05(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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