Today I went to the Church of the Martyrs in Leicester to attend to a door that was slamming with a floor spring that would not adjust (both closing speed and check had gone). As I have mentioned on many occasions, suppliers, architectural firms, manufacturers etc often put their own names on the decor plates as of this occasion. The floor spring I discovered beneath the decor plate was in fact a DORMA BTS 84, This floor spring is what I consider to be a transom closer but without the usual square pin, the pin on this model is oblong as can be seen.
The BTS 84 is considered by the industry to be a throw away unit as many of the modern floor springs and transom closers unfortunately are. This Dorma BTS 84 however will not be thrown away, nor skipped, it will not go into landfill and it will not be melted down it will be serviced and repaired. I will post a before and after video of the repaired Dorma BTS 84 in due course for those interested.
In this blog post I would like to introduce you to the Rycroft Tudor, eagle eyed readers of this blog should recognise this door spring as it has been mentioned previously all be it under a different name, it becomes the Tudor only when used in single action mode.
The setting for the Tudor was the inner door of the beautiful Holy Trinity Church, Rothwell. The Church was opened in 1873 there had however been a Church on this site from the 12th Century. See wikipedia link below for further information:
Wendy informed us the fantastic ceiling had been discovered only after repair works, it was previously covered over with plaster board.
The Tudor is now controlling the door and is working "as smooth as silk."
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In this blog post I would like to introduce you to Patrick O'Connors Number 12 Door Spring. O'Connor is noted for “IMPROVEMENTS IN HINGES FOR AUTOMATICALLY CLOSING D00RS AND GATES” A.D. 1871, 26th August. No 2241
I am currently working on a badly worn Dilkes and Turner Patent Climax door spring. James Dilkes and Edward Turner of Leicester were officially recognised for improvements in door springs Patent dated June 15th, 1853 (no 1453). More to follow as work progresses.
As you may well be able to see the Climax had parts missing and some major wear to the collar support, pin and cast iron case
The Dilkes and Turner Climax is up and running again with the pin/shoe centering nicely. This floor spring is going to be controlling the door of an old vicarage somewhere in Derbyshire for many years to come now.
As there is so little information out there with regard to door closers, especially vintage and antique model floor springs, I thought I would start this blog.