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Hydraulic and Gas closers for both your garbage and linen chute intake doors.

8 Inch Retracted Hydraulic for Side Hinged Chute Intake Door

8 Inch Hydraulic Retracted Closer Kit with Arm

If you have a side-hinged trash or laundry chute and the door needs a new closer, you may want to consider using an 8 ” hydraulic retracted closer kit with arm.  The hydraulics will provide automation of the closing action, and the retracted arm means it will take up less space which is why it is perfect for a side-hinged door.

8″ Hydraulic Retracted Closer Kit For A Side Hinged Door

8 Inch Retracted Hydraulic for Side Hinged Chute Intake Door

When you purchase the full kit, you get the hydraulic assembly, the arm which has a pivot point midway through the part, all the necessary mounting brackets for your installation. It can be used on doors that have hinges on either the left or the right side of the door. The pivot point means the arm takes up only half of the space that a stiff arm does. Typically the pivot point is located in the center of the arm so it folds in half on itself.

You can use it on a variety of doors that range in size from 12” x 15” up to 24” x 24”.  One of the nice things about replacement parts is that they are often universal and will be a perfect fit for a number of manufacturers.  An 8 inch hydraulic closer with arm is ideal for smaller, or light weight doors, and also for the heavier doors up to a 24″ x 24″.

Hydraulic closers can also be used to update existing hardware to make doors easier to use. Imagine how much tenants will appreciate being able to use the chute in their building and have the door automatically close when they are done.   This is preferable in senior homes and handicapped facilities.

If you are looking to update your house and add a trash or laundry chute on the upper floors where the bedrooms are so that laundry can get to the basement more safely and easily, consider adding the 8 inch hydraulic retracted closer kit to your door.  It will make it easier for children to operate, too.  As any parent knows, it can be difficult to get children to clean their rooms, but when you have a laundry chute, chore day can be turned into fun day.  If the door closes automatically, you then have some entertainment also, because what child would not love to watch a door close without any hands touching it?

No matter how careful residents are, and no matter how lovingly the chute is maintained, the closing mechanism does wear out from time to time.  A hydraulic closer is easy to purchase and easy to install on the door. The parts are much less expensive than replacing the entire door. Budget-minded building owners will appreciate the price of the closer, and maintenance workers will appreciate how simple it is to use.


Rotary Chute Door Closer 180 deg Cast Aluminum Body

Rotary Closer for Linen and Trash Chutes

A rotary closer, or roto closer, is another way to update or repair a closing mechanism for a linen or a trash chute door.  It is designed to work on a side hinged door, and can fit doors with sizes ranging from 15 x 15 to 24 x 24. Most roto closer units are fully reversible, so it does not matter whether the door opens to the left or to the right.

Rotary Closer Kit for side hinged chute doors.

Rotary Chute Door Closer 180 deg Cast Aluminum Body

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It has a hydraulic center cylinder and a pivot arm extending out that doubles back in the center.  A full kit will come with the unit, including the arm and all bolts needed to mount it.  If the currently installed chute does not have one of these types of closers, be sure to check the website you are shopping on for details on finding the right one to fit your brand of chute.

The benefit of a rotary closer is that it is very effective at controlling the speed at which the door closes.  It can handle up to a 35 pound door, but above that, you should look at one of the other types of hydraulic closers that is more heavy duty and can therefore support the weight better.

A roto closer’s compact size makes it ideal for smaller chutes.  High traffic or larger ones should be updated with the heavy duty closers mentioned above.

An automatic closer is a great idea for high-rise residential units in which seniors or the disabled live, because it makes the task of taking out the trash so much simpler.  The resident does not have to worry about trying to close the door once the trash is down the chute, since the roto closer does the work for them.

A roto closer would not be recommended for the bottom door of a chute because of its design, since it would be trying to work against gravity.  It looks and works much like doors in office buildings, but it can be effective at the top of the chute in keeping it closed so no odors, pests, or fires come up the chute to the upper floors.  Stopping a fire in this way buys the local fire department valuable time in getting to the building and putting out the fire in the basement.

Multi-story hotels can benefit from such a closer as well.  The cleaning staff just has to get the sheets and towels over to the door, drop them into the chute for the laundry room below, and then let the door do the rest.  It may not seem like much, but when there are hundreds of rooms to clean, a little time saved each trip can really add up.

Roto closers’ compact designs are also a great addition for a home linen or trash chute.  The rotating arm and upright cylinder design provide convenience and durability, no matter how many times the kids open the door, and the size is aesthetically pleasing for homeowners who want to do such an upgrade.  Instructions come with this kit.

10 inch retracted hydraulic closer

Ten Inch Retracted Hydraulic Closer for Chute Doors

When you need to upgrade or repair the closing mechanism on your laundry or trash chute door, consider a ten inch retracted hydraulic closer.  They typically are installed on bottom hinged doors, but sometimes can be used on side hinged chute doors as well.  They are often mounted at the bottom frame of the door and the door pin fitting at the top.  This is typical of a Wilkinson Chutes manufactured door.  But there are other manufacturers that use the same 10″ hydraulic closure to mount from the top to the bottom and sometimes from the top of the frame to the side top of the door.

10″ Retracted Hydraulic Closer

Hydraulic Closer

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This ten inch retracted Hydraulic closer is most often used for Bottom Hinged chute doors and sometimes Side Hinged chute intake doors. This closer will fit the following size doors 15 x 18, 18 x 18, 21 x 18, 21 x 21, and 24 x 24.


Their small size is ideal for even narrow spaces, since they are usually only 1” in external diameter.  Hydraulic closers ensure smooth and efficient closing of the door once the linen or garbage are thrown away, and the door is released.

Included in the kit is the closer itself, a 1/8 speed nut and 1/8 x 1″ round head steel rivet, a closure clevis, and a split rivet.  These closers are easy to install by maintenance workers, since all of the necessary parts are included in the kit.  Replacing old, dirty closures with a brand new hydraulic closer can feel like a real upgrade. No longer do residents have to try to close the door after dropping down a bag of garbage, so the exterior of the door stays more sanitary, too. The new closer will be durable as well to ensure the constant opening and closing of the door.

Be sure to check the brand of chute you have, to be sure you get the right closer for your needs. You will also want to get the measurements of the door itself, and know what material it is made of, so you have the right size and capacity, as the closer will fit most of different sizes of doors, but as a rule of thumb, the closer will not fit in the small doors that measure 12×15.

Retracted hydraulic closers can also be used in houses where homeowners want to upgrade and gain the convenience of a laundry or trash chute for an upper floor.  It is easy to install a chute in an existing building, since the space for the chute does not have to be very deep.  A hydraulic closer just adds that final touch of handiness.

For high-rise buildings, chutes can be a necessary component of living on the upper floors.  Sanitation requires regular emptying of trash, and when the chute is down and inoperable, getting the chute back in operation is a priority, and, fortunately, easy to do very often by just replacing the hydraulic closer.

Hydraulic closers have the added benefit of providing health and safety to high-rise residents by keeping out rodents, insects, odors, and fires. No one wants to have critters or smells greet them in a place of business or a home.

17” Chute Closer for Trash and Laundry Chutes

In high-rise buildings, there are commonly found trash and laundry chutes.  They make life so much easier instead of having to take a heavy and/or smelly bag of things downstairs.  From time to time they do need maintenance, however.  And a common part that breaks down that needs replacement is the closer in your trash or laundry chute door.

There are a number of ways to fix broken or missing chute closer.  One is to install a new 17” chute closer.  This is ideal for larger doors ranging in size from 14” X 17” to 24” X 24”.  It is more heavy duty and can handle heavier doors, such as those made from steel.  A 17” closer will work for either side or bottom hinged chute doors.   Its size is based on how long it is when it is fully extended.  When closed, it measures just over 10”.

 17″ Chute Closer (gas)

17" chute closer

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This 10″ Extended Chute Closer is for a Bottom Hinged Chute Door. 17.2″ long when Extended and 10.2″ when Compressed. Ball Socket End Fittings with Spring Clip. Standard Compression Gas Spring or sometimes called Hydraulic closer. This closure will fit the following size doors 14 x 17, 15 x 18, 18 x 18, 21 x 18, 21 x 21, and 24 x 24.



Side hinged doors often are used for laundry, since laundry is frequently put into a bag first, or large sheets are bundled up.  Having a 17” chute closer means all you have to do is let go of the handle on your door and the door will self close automatically.  give the door a tap when you are done and the door will close for you.  The length of the closer means the door can open wide for easy access until it is time to close.

A 17” chute closer operates on gas.  Gas openers are also called gas or hydraulic springs, since there is a gas inside the piston cylinder which gives a smooth opening performance.  This means those residents who might otherwise have difficulty working the door will find it much easier and even those who do not will appreciate having a little help when dealing with dirty laundry or the week’s trash.

17” chute closers are manufactured for many brands like Midland Metalcraft, American Chute Systems, Century Chutes, Wilkinson, Acme Chutes, and American Chute Systems, so for the most part, regardless of what brand of chute a building has installed, the part will be available.  Maintenance workers can shop with confidence and find what they need to get their residents taken care of.

Chute closers are often important to keep down sounds, odors, fires, or vermin.  17” chute closers provide style, comfort, and performance, all for an affordable price.

Update Your Building with a New Trash Chute Spring

Laundry and Trash chutes can make life so much easier when you live in a high-rise apartment building or a multi-story house, letting you drop your garbage or linen down the chute to the basement without having to lug a heavy basket or trash bag downstairs.  It can also be much safer, since you do not have to try to look around the clothes to see the steps, risking losing your footing in the process.

One thing to consider with your chute door is the spring on your intake doors.  For intake doors it is a little different because the spring is used to keep your door closed, and to self close.  This is important so you do not have to try to close the door again once the clothes or trash are dropped down, thus keeping odors, pests, drafts, and fires from climbing up the chute.  This protects the health and safety of the residents.

A laundry or trash chute spring comes in two types – gas or hydraulic.  Physical springs work by gravity, versus springs that operate by hydraulics or gas, and often come in lengths ranging from 15” to 20”.  On the upper floors, the chute door that needs to be pulled open and then would then retract by a spring when the laundry has been dropped, thus keeping the top of the chute closed.  Below is an example of a Gas closer that is a pin type or sometimes call ball stud type:

10″ Trash Chute Spring

Trash chute spring

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This 10″ Extended Gas Chute Closer is for a Bottom Hinged Chute Door. This closure will fit the following size doors 14 x 17, 15 x 18, 18 x 18, 21 x 18, 21 x 21, and 24 x 24.



The safety factor of having a laundry or trash chute spring cannot be underestimated.  With the doors open, a fire in the basement would shoot straight up to the upper floors via the chute, carried along by the draft created by the temperature differences between the floors.  When the doors can automatically close and be kept closed, this risk is greatly reduced. Fire safety regulations exist in every state and many localities.  These chute springs thus play a huge part in the overall safety of the building and helping the owners stay in compliance with fire safety rules.  Below is an example of the two types of hydraulic retracted closers:

10″ Hydraulic trash chute closer

10 Hydraulic trash chute closer

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This 10″ Hydraulic trash chute spring is most often for a Bottom Hinged and sometimes Side Hinged chute intake door. This closer will fit the following size doors 15 x 18, 18 x 18, 21 x 18, 21 x 21, and 24 x 24.


8″ Retracted Hydraulic Chute Door Closer – Side  & Bottom Hinged

8" Retracted Hydraulic Closer - Side Hinged

This 8″ Retracted Hydraulic closer is for both Bottom and  Side Hinged chute intake doors. This closer will fit the following size doors 12 x 15, 14 x 17, 15 x 15, 15 x 18, 18 x 18, 21 x 21, and 24 x 24.


Building maintenance workers can save a lot of money for the building owners and managers by just replacing the parts that need to be replaced, instead of the entire door.  Laundry chute springs should be inspected periodically to be sure they are not wearing out or stretching too far so that they permanently stretch out. When they do need to be replaced, they are readily available and do not cost much, so they can quickly be installed and get the residents back to normal.

Linen chute parts can make multi-story living easier!

When you live on an upper floor, even if it is in a single-family house, laundry day can become a bigger chore than usual without a linen chute.  Making things trickier is when that chute breaks down or the parts wear out.  Luckily, linen chute parts are available to repair or upgrade your chute, which gets you back on track in short order, and in a much less expensive way than replacing the entire door.

Linen chute parts often improve the way people can use them as well.

laundry and linen chute parts for all your intake doors.For high-rise apartments and condominiums, locking linen chute doors can be invaluable.  They come in T-handle and L-handle styles, the latter being a great choice for ADA retrofitting or accommodations.  T-handle designs can fit either side-hinged or bottom-hinged doors, and the keys can often be made alike, so both day and night shift managers can have a copy.

L-handle designs, also called lever handles, are easier for those with physical restrictions to operate.  These handles can be operated without having to grip the handle and turn it, so they are great for senior citizen facilities, also.  These handles can be keyed alike, just like T-handles can.  There are also thumb latches which can be added to the doors for easy opening.  Thumb latches can be used most easily on side-hinged doors, and are ideal for use in high-rise buildings.  These, too, are easier to open since the handle does not have to be gripped.

When dropping laundry down the chute, having the door close too quickly can be both a nuisance and painful.  Linen chute parts supply places will often carry both gas and hydraulic door closers so you can be sure your family or your tenants will be able to use the chute safely.  The gas closer is most often used on bottom-hinged doors, while the hydraulic closer can be used for either design.  Either closer can fit a variety of sizes of doors, so be sure to have your chute door measurements handy when shopping.

trash chute handleYou can also find linen chute parts that will make your laundry chute safer in case of a fire.  A fusible link kit, comprised of two hooks and a chain, can be added to the door at the bottom of the chute.  The chain is made of a material that will melt when the temperature reaches 165 degrees, so it will keep the door from opening and allowing the fire to shoot up the chute to the upper floors.  This can be a significant safety factor in high-rise buildings.

When you shop for linen chute parts, you should keep a few things in mind.  Researching the materials the replacement parts are made of can guide you to look for durable materials that will last, and will keep you from having to repair the door again in a short time.  Price can be another factor, but regardless of the cost of the part, a quality part will still run you less than replacing the door would.

10″ Gas Shock Closer for your trash chute door

Our 10″ Gas Shock Closer is pressured at 30 lbs.  These gas chute closers have ball socket fittings that are very easy to install by just pulling or pushing the end fittings snap on and snap off.  These 10” Gas Shock Closers are strategically designed to fit in a bottom hinged trash chute doors and a laundry chute door.  This heavy duty closer are the perfect fit for chute doors whose size are 14 x 17, 15 x 18, 18 x 18, 21 x 18, 21 x 21 and 24 x 24. Often called an “Extended Gas Closer” or “Hydraulic Closer”, it features gas spring action with standard compression.

This extended gas closer comes with a black nitride finish and closer rod. Whether your chute door is for laundry or trash, it is an ideal solution for both of those circumstances.  This 10″ Gas Shock Closer is best suited for chute door manufacturers of different brands like Hi Rise Recycling Systems, Cutler Chutes, American Chute Systems, Century Chutes, Acme Chutes, Midland Metalcraft Chutes, Valiant Chutes, and US Chutes  For  Wilkinson Buchanan, Wilkinson Company, and Wilkinson Hi-Rise Chutes the best solution is to use a 10” hydraulic closer instead.

This 10″ Gas Shock Closer has a length of 10.2 inches when it is compressed and it can extend up to 17.2 inches.  You can visit our chute closer page to see all the gas and hydraulic closer we carry.  Last note to make is that this closure is often considered to be named as a 17” extended gas closer.  A 10” or 17” inch gas closer is the same closer.

10” Gas Shock Closers

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Replacing Your Chute Hydraulic Door Parts

Your trash or linen chute has many moving parts, which often take a good deal of abuse and can wear over time. While these parts are made to be very durable, it is important to note that in order to keep your chute in good working order you may want to check those parts periodically. One of the parts you should check during this time is the chute hydraulic as it can easily wear down over time and impede quality operation if broken.

10 Chute Hydraulic Closer

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In order to check the chutes hydraulic, you will need to open the chute door and look inside. The chutes hydraulic is a piston and cylinder assembly measuring roughly 10-11 inches and looks much like the closer on a screen door. First, you want to open and close the door a few times to make sure the piston action is smooth and does not catch in places where the piston may be bent. You also want to check to make sure the screws are intact and that the clip is not bent. On the other end of the trash chutes hydraulic are the brackets and it should not be chipped or broken in any way. If any of these components fails the visual and operation test, it is time to replace the part.  Our hydraulic closers are adjustable, meaning that you can adjust the speed of the door closure.

Replacing the retractable chute hydraulic is quite a simple process and requires little more than a screwdriver, some elbow grease, and a helper to hold a flashlight. While replacing the chute closer, be sure to note any damage to other parts you may see and always follow all instructions to ensure safety and good working operation of your linen or trash chute.


10 Gas Spring Ball Stud Extended Chute Door Closer

Inspection and replacement of your chute piston

There are many reasons why you would need to inspect and replace parts for your trash or linen chute. There are a few working parts that take a great amount of wear and abuse over time. While these parts are designed with this in mind, they can become worn and eventually begin to fail. One of these parts is your chute piston, and it is an integral part of having smooth operating chute system. Also called a gas closer or gas piston, this part resembles a closer on a screen door and works very much the same way in a bottom hinged chute.

10″ Gas Chute Piston Closer  (10″ cylinder and 17″ when extended)

Gas Shock Spring Closer Chute Piston

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This 10″ Extended Chute Closer is for a Bottom Hinged Chute Door. 17.2″ long when Extended and 10.2″ when Compressed. Ball Socket End Fittings with Spring Clip.  Standard Compression Gas Piston Spring or sometimes called Hydraulic closer. This closure will fit the following size doors 14 x 17, 15 x 18, 18 x 18, 21 x 18, 21 x 21, and 24 x 24.


Upon inspection of the chute piston, take care to make sure the ball socket is not cracked or warped in any way that would impede operation. Also take care to listen and feel for any air leaking out of the piston tube during normal operation. Also check the piston itself for cracks or bends. Anything other than normal operation will warrant replacement of the chute piston.

Replacement of the chute piston is easy and requires little more than a screwdriver and maybe a small flashlight. When installing the chute piston, be sure to follow instructions and clean any surfaces the part will come into contact with. This will ensure a proper fit and good working order of the replacement part. Taking care to properly diagnose problems and replace necessary parts will ensure proper chute function for many years with little maintenance and a good amount of wear.

Below is also the popular 10” hydraulic closer, and neither of these items suit your needs, you can go to the following page to view all our piston closers or you can call us at 845 225 4507, and we can help you find exactly what you need.

10″ Hydraulic Closer

Hydraulic Closer

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This 10″ Hydraulic closer is most often for a Bottom Hinged and sometimes Side Hinged chute intake door. This closer will fit the following size doors 15 x 18, 18 x 18, 21 x 18, 21 x 21, and 24 x 24.

Extended Gas Chute Closer

Your laundry or trash chute makes life a lot more convenient. It makes doing laundry or preparing to take out the trash a hundred times faster and easier by having it all in one place. You might think that it is never going to fail, but just like other things in your home or building, there are parts that will need to be replaced. If the chute closure on your chute is dented or starting to crack then you might want to replace it. This can lead to a full malfunction in the near future.

10" inch Extended Gas Chute Closer Ball Stud An extended gas chute closer would be a good choice for your replacement needs. This closure will fit the following size doors 14 x 17, 15 x 18, 18 x 18, 21 x 18, 21 x 21, and 24 x 24. It is ideal for a chute door with a bottom hinge, and commonly used by Midland Chutes or formerly called Midland Metalcraft, and many other manufacturers. It operates as a Gas closer but often confused as a Hydraulic closure and is suitable for most brands of trash or laundry chutes.  The nitride coated steel gas spring controls the force of the opening making it easy to get your shoot open.

If you do not have the extended chute closer installed then it can easily replace the one you have for a more efficient opening and closing. If you already have an extended gas chute closer, than you should check the ball socket joints to make sure they are not getting worn, or cracked. This is another indicator that it is time to change the closer.

Replacing the door closer with the extended gas chute closer will ensure that your chute continues to operate properly. A routine inspection of your laundry or trash chute will tell you if it needs to be replaced. Continue to enjoy the luxury of your chute by remembering to check occasionally to see if something needs to be replaced.

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10” Chute Door Hydraulic Closer

10 Hydraulic CloserProperly maintaining and replacing broken parts for your trash or laundry chute is a simple fact of life. You want your chute to remain in proper working function for as long as possible and there are a few parts that you should check periodically for good working order. If you have a side or bottom hinged chute door, one of these parts should be the 10” chute hydraulic closure. This hydraulic closer is crucial to good chute door operation and is actually an easy part to damage or wear out over time.

Upon examination of the chute door, the 10” chute door hydraulic closer looks very much like the closer on a screen door and works in nearly the same way. You will notice the clip on one end and the piston on the other end. The first thing you should look for is any loose or broken screws on the clip end. You should also examine both the piston and piston cylinder and clean any debris found on either. You should then check both parts for any cracks, dents or anything else that would impede proper motion. Open and close the door a few times to make sure the 10” hydraulic closer is working properly. If anything seems out of order, it may be time to replace the part.

Replacing the broken or worn out part is actually quite easy and should only require a screwdriver. Checking your 10” chute door hydraulic closer periodically ensures good chute door operation and overall life of the chute.

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10 Gas Spring Ball Stud Extended Chute Door Closer

Chute Door Closer

If you own a trash or laundry chute, you probably do not think very much about maintaining this vital aspect to your home or business. Similar to quite a number of things, many people do not think to check parts on the chute until something stops working. If you own a trash or laundry chute with a bottom hinged door, the one part that may need to be replaced is the chute door closure. Often called a gas spring or a hydraulic piston due to its appearance, this part is vital in proper door operation and besides the door handle itself probably gets the most use. Now let’s take a lo10 Gas Spring Ball Stud Extended Chute Door Closerok at the chute door closure and see if anything is wrong.

Upon inspection, you want to take a look at a few key parts. Since the door will be open when this action is performed, the piston will be in its open state which extends to about 17 inches. Look at the ball socket joint on one end and make sure the socket is not chipped or cracked in any way. If nothing appears wrong, we move on to the main portion of the chute door closer which is the gas piston and piston chamber. The gas piston should be free of debris, cracks or dents which can impede the action. The chamber itself should also be free of any dents or cracks which can cause a loss of power in the closer itself due to leaking air. If everything looks good and the opening and closing action is smooth, everything should be good. If not, it is time to replace the chute door closure.

Replacing the chute door closer is as simple as a few minutes of your time and a few hand tools. Be sure to follow proper instructions as listed with the part or you may void any factory warranties associated with the part. Proper maintenance is key to keeping your trash or laundry chute in good operation and although things do break and wear down with time, checking parts periodically will give you clues to which parts may need replaced before they break.

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Roto Closer for Laundry Chute door.

Roto Closer

Roto Closer for Laundry Chute door.A Roto Closer is ideally used for laundry chute side hinged intake door.  This hydraulic Roto Closure measures 2″ at the wider part of the round piece and 2-3/4″ in total length.

You will see in the picture to the right that the cylinder is wider at the top and then tapers down at the bottom.

Roto closure dimensions

The full length of it is 2-3/4″.  There is no weight limit listed on the closure box.  We use this roto closer on large 24″ x 24″ side-hinged doors that weigh about 50 lbs, so if your door is that size or smaller, it should work well.  Most of these types of closures attach the same way so a retro-fit should not be too hard to do if needed.  This roto closer will fit ideally in a Midland Chutes side hinged laundry chute intake door, and similar doors.  It is commonly thought of as universal closure for most side hinged doors.  Below is another picture of the roto closure and note that it come as a kit with all the hardware necessary for assembly.  This closer will fit the following size doors 15 x 15, 18 x 18, 21 x 21 and 24 x 24.Roto Closure Kit

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