By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A door closer is an efficient device that operates without hesitation day-in and day-out, but eventually wear-and-tear can take its toll. This hardworking mechanism is fastened to the door and jamb and controls the closing of the door. You can hire a carpenter to replace a door closer for $46, which includes labor and material; or buy a new unit for $22 and install it yourself, saving you 52 percent for your effort. This is a good job for a wannabe do-it-yourselfer because the installation is easy and few tools are required.
You'll need a screwdriver or electric drill to install the mounting screws. Follow the directions enclosed with the device. There's usually a paper template to tape to the door jamb and position the mounting holes for the arm bracket and closure. It's as easy as marking the screw-hole location and then drilling through the template.
If the screw holes for the old closure were gouged out, repair them with wood filler and then sand and paint them before installing the new one.
These devices are sold in the hardware section of home centers, not where you'd think they'd be in the door section. At hardware stores we found them with locks and drawer hardware. Go figure.
From Den Garden here's more information Door Closer Basics.
Wrapping up, given the average cost to install a door closer you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.