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Adjusting Double Action Spring Hinges- Tension Isn't Right

Adjusting Double Action Spring Hinges- Tension Isn't Right

Posted by Todd Crissman On 18th Jun 2019

How to Adjust Saloon Style Doors When the Tension Isn't Quite Right

Having trouble with your saloon style doors creeping open on their own? Showing resistance? Or, just difficult to use? Use this guide to make adjustments.

What was once old will be new again. Whether it be decorative or fashionable, trends come in cycles. This is definitely true of interior design. Now you may not consider yourself to be a designer, but if your humble abode could use a new look then it’s time for a change.

Saloon doors are not just for the Wild West look. Offerings range from Western Saloon Doors to Modern Swinging Doors. Maybe testing out an updated look that will enhance the flavor of your drab dining area.

Try adding some pizzaz to your bland doorway with the addition of saloon-style doors. Your family and friends will love ‘em. You can even walk through and pose for a quick pic while holding your succulent holiday dish.

But after the newness has worn off, something might not be right. Perhaps it’s time to grab your toolbox and get to work.

Follow along as we discuss the steps to swing door hinge repair.

Materials Needed:

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Pliers (optional)
  • Screws (optional if they need to be replaced)
  • Hinges (optional if they need to be replaced)
  • Safety glasses and gloves (optional)

Adjusting Your Saloon-style Doors

Step 1: Put on safety glasses and gloves. Find the mechanism of the hinge which can be adjusted. Commercial Grade Spring hinge (provides double action swing and returns to center) it’s the internal spring and tension setting that impact the door tension. Make sure you have the proper size of spring hinges for your door size and that they were installed per the manufacturer's instructions. You can adjust the tension higher or lower by removing the pin in each hinge and adjusting the spring tension. Too low and the doors will sag, if the tension is too high the doors will swing with a lot of force. Refer to the hinge instructions for the recommended tension for the spring hinge.

Step 2: It is not necessary to remove the hinges unless you can't access the tension mechanism. Remove some tension using adjusting rod, then slide out the pin securing the adjustment mechanism together. Set them in a safe place away from children or pets.

Step 3: Next twist the mechanism until the door has no sag and aligns with another hole with the opening of the pin. Place the pin back into the hole. If door sag persists then check to see that the correct spring hinge was selected. If return action is too slow increase the tension.

Step 4: If the mechanism sits on top, then it should be turned to the left for extra tension or the right for less tension. If the mechanism is on the bottom reverse the direction and turn it to the right for added tension and to the left for decreased tension. The hinge instructions will recommend how many holes of tension for the hinge size. Normally one hole of tension is recommended for the bottom hinges.

Step 5: Steps 3 and 4 may need to be repeated multiple times depending on whether the tension is to your liking. When necessary remove the pin and switch holes again. Testing out the doors will let you know if you are finished.

Step 6: Once you are satisfied, re-attach the plates covering the mechanism. Insert the screws with the screwdriver.

Remember DO NOT exceed 5 holes on tension on the top spring hinges and only ONE hole of tension is recommended for the bottom spring hinges.  

Keep On Movin'

Now that you’ve repaired your saloon-style doors hinge it’s time to celebrate.

Plan a dinner party or schedule an impromptu game night so your closest kin can enjoy a swinging good time. This way you can boast about how easy it was to remedy the problem and enjoy yourself in the process.

To learn more about our line of classic, yet conventional swinging doors visit our website.