How to Install an Automatic Closer for a Sliding Door

  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 75-250
What You'll Need
Automatic sliding door kit
Sliding Door
Dry wall
Steel cable

An automatic closer for a sliding door makes it possible to automatically close any door. This is a useful method which can be used to shut doors automatically when you have finished opening them. This is extremely useful for all different types of doors. Patio doors which your children continually leave open can for example be shut using an automatic closer.

Automatic closers are also suitable for use with pocket doors and other forms of sliding door. You will simply need to give some thought to how to install these automatic closers for your door. These automatic sliders work in a similar way to sash windows.

Step 1 - Choosing Type of Door

First you need to spend time looking at the type of door sliding kit which can be used for various reasons. The automatic door sliding kit is suitable for your door. Most of these sliding door kits work by using weights to automatically close the door when it is left open. If the door is ever left open then these weights will allow gravity to automatically close the door.

Step 2 - Fitting the Weight

A channel needs to be made next to the door which can be used to fit a weight inside. This channel needs to be an empty void of space which will allow the weight to move up and down freely. The weight is what will cause the door to close.

Step 3 - Connecting the Door

The door then needs to be connected to the weight so that it opens and closes effortlessly. The door is connected to the weight with the use a wire which will cause the door to open and close properly. It's important that you follow the instructions carefully when fitting the door opener.

Fitting a door opener device is very easy, however you will need to give it some careful consideration. You must make sure that the door can be connected according to the manufacturers guidelines.

Ensure that the wire between the door and weight is long enough for the door to be opened fully. Work out the length of the cable required so that the door opens properly.

Step 4 - Fixing the Weight

The weight now needs to be fixed onto the wire by using your screwdriver. The position of this weight can be adjusted to adjust the door opener slightly. This is a useful way of adjusting how far the door will open and how much it will shut.

Step 5 - Testing the Door

Now you simply need to test the door by opening it and checking that it closes properly. Small adjustments may be required to ensure that the door opens and closes smoothly and properly.

Step 6 - Finishing Touches

Now you just need to do the finishing touches, place dry wall up to conceal the weight and you will never know that it's there. You could also have a hatch which can be opened just in case the weight ever needs adjusting.