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Old 07-29-2018, 01:35 PM   #1
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Door Strut Spring Rate

Want to replace the basement door struts that swing sideways, not up. The spring rate is 10 psi, but as is that feels like no resistance and I'm concerned with unsuspecting users, or a gust of wind when opening to put stress on the system as it slams to it's furthest opening.

Has anyone gone to say a 15 psi strut, and was the difference noticeable enough to control the opening or closing, or did it mess up the way it should work and make it too difficult to open or close?
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You might try to find an auto parts store or other local outlets that has struts in stock and a return policy. That would allow experimentation with stronger struts at little or no cost.
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My basement doors have gas struts that are 50 lbs force each (two struts for top hinge doors and one strut for side hinge doors).

Looking at suppliers website for gas struts, it looks like the majority (for motorhomes) are over 50 lbs, with many at 80, 90 and 100 lbs. https://www.makariosrv.com/gas-springs-gas-struts/

I do see some rated at 10 and 15 lbs though.
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Want to replace the basement door struts that swing sideways, not up. The spring rate is 10 psi, but as is that feels like no resistance and I'm concerned with unsuspecting users, or a gust of wind when opening to put stress on the system as it slams to it's furthest opening.

Has anyone gone to say a 15 psi strut, and was the difference noticeable enough to control the opening or closing, or did it mess up the way it should work and make it too difficult to open or close?
If they are original struts, they seem to loose their strength over the years. I replace a couple last year with exact same strength as listed on the old struts and they work like new.

I'd be reluctant to upsize the strength too much from original, especially if they are all the same on all the doors.
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Thank you all. I found Hatchlift and they recommended just going with the 15# model. Will report the difference when I get them.
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Just installed the 15# Hatchlift struts. What I like is the sideswing doors close on their own once I push the door past the midway point with just the right amount of force. Opening however needs to be controlled. They want to spring to the end of their throw.
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