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
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.