Norton 1601 Series Door Closer Installation

Today we’re going to be installing a Norton 1601 series door closer in the parallel position. Previously, we have shown you how to install this closer in the regular position. The parallel position installation uses the additional bracket. You will need to know how to install this closer in both formats, so let’s get started.

First, we have the instructions taped up on the door, as it’s more convenient this way. This allows for just one set of hands for installation. The instructions will guide you and give you exact measurements of where your first hole goes. Once you have the first hole both vertically and laterally mapped out in the correct measurements based on the degrees you need to have the door open, I usually start with an average of the middle setting. You’ll have an A, B or C, or an option 1, 2, or 3. Using the middle setting (a great starting point for me) will give you the most optimum range. If you need a longer range, go ahead and choose the one needed for your application and requirements.

Now that the door closer is securely installed, you want to make sure that the second set of holes is exactly the same grid pattern and the same depth down so that the closer is on a flat, level plane. Next, we’re installing the plate above, on the frame. You will have to get the first hole measurement. Once you get that measurement, all the rest of the holes will line up properly and everything will be nice and straight.

 After we have the mounting bracket installed and the door closer mounted to the frame, we will move on to the arm. One of the mistakes that happens quite often is that the door closer is installed upside down. If you go to hook your arm up and it’s not turning or rotating in the correct direction, this is the problem and the solution is very simple. If this happens, simply unbolt the entire mechanism, flip around, and bolt back into the previously drilled holes. Now that we put the square peg onto the top of the arm hole, you will need a crescent wrench or vice grips to preload that square stud just enough to be able to grab the bottom stud with the vice grips or the wrench. Do this just enough to be able to get it to slip to the next one and then leave about a hand’s width. I stick my hand underneath that door lever, giving me the perfect spacing.


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