Waterson closer hinges easily install like regular door hinges. You can effectively install them with a few simple tools and some basic door information; door weight and size will help you decide the number of hinges required for your project. Here are a few common questions and answers to help you get started. 

How many self-closing hinges do you install on a door?

As a general rule you will want to use 1 hinge per every 30 inches of door. That said, different brands provide different closing force, spec and performance.

Regarding door height:
1. Doors up to 60 inches need 2 hinges.
2. Doors over 60 inches, but not over 90 inches, need to use 3 hinges.
3. Doors over 90 inches but not over 120 inches, 4 hinges are recommended.

Door weight is also a factor. For example, Waterson hinges support doors weighted 150-330lbs with three hinges; 260-440 mainly use four hinges. We recommend that you follow our closer hinge manufacturer spec. If your door requires three hinges then use three self-closing hinges. If your door requires four hinges then use four self-closing hinges. For more information, please feel free to see our website.

Waterson hinges in many inches

Can I only use two Waterson hinges?

We recommend using three hinges for optimal performance. Each hinge provides a unique function — spring tension, swing speed control, and latch speed control, which when combined provide effective and smoothe closing. In addition, three hinges will greatly extend the overall lifetime of the set. If you do choose to use only two Waterson hinges, you may run into an alignment issue due to the fact that our hinge barrels are larger than conventional hinges. Therefore a 3rd non-Waterson hinge will not match from an alignment perspective. Plus a regular door hinge combined with two Waterson hinges will simply look unattractive.

Please contact us directly concerning doors over the above specifications.

What tools do you need for installing Waterson Closer Hinges?

Waterson hinges are very easy to install. You simply need the following three items:

  • 3mm and 5mm hex wrenches (included)
  • Spreader bar (included with double spring (DS) hinge)
  • Philips screwdriver

Due to strong spring tension in the DS hinge, we include a customized spreader bar to assist with keeping the hinge open during installation.

I have a set of three hinges for my door. Do they need to be installed in particular locations?

We recommend that you install them based on the stickers affixed to each individual hinge (top, middle, and bottom).  This will help you follow our adjustment instructions.  That said, changing the order will not greatly affect overall door-closing performance.