Hi guys. My name is Darrel, I'm head of the tech team here at LocksOnline.co.uk.
Today we are doing product reviews, and more importantly we're doing a product review of the Reilor Gibcloser as you can see here. It's a door closer. It's a spring-loaded door closer that would sit on the inside of your door. The idea is, is that there's a spring that sits inside and as you open the door it pulls that spring, or tensions that spring, and when you go and let go of the door, the door will then slam back because the spring is under tension and then the door closes back. That is the basic principle of this operation.
It's more designed to work with stopping draughts on doors, to make sure that the door closes behind it etc. So without further ado, let's actually get it out. I have actually taken it out of the box here so you guys can have a little bit more knowledge and a little bit more information as to what it looks like. And what we'll do is we'll get some measurements on this now as we go along.
So this is the actual part that will actually go into the door. Now if I get some measurements on this for you, the diameter of the hole that you would need to consider drilling is just over 16 millimetres so probably a 17 millimetre hole would just sit just about right for that. The fore-end width and height is just over 22 millimetres and the height there is 49.5 millimetres, 50 millimetres. The actual depth, in other words how far you're going to drill your hole, is just under 155 millimetres. So, you know, you're going to drill a hole quite a considerable way. So what we would have done is used a flat bit to drill through so you want to make sure that your flat bit is long enough.
Now how do you get this out? I mean as you can see there, I don't know if you can zoom in there for us Lee, but here's the actual chain here and it's sitting there all on its own and you've got to get that out. And the way you get it out is you use a pliers. So I will try and demonstrate this here for you now. But the idea is that I'm going to have to put a bit of force on this. This would normally be sitting in the door by now.
The idea is that I'm going to pull on that and I'm going to pull the actual chain out, as you can see there. Now every time you pull it out, what you do do, is you get a nail and you sit it through every link. So if you put a link through – you put a nail through. That will allow you then to put a bit more purchase. Pull it, a bit more, put another link through etc. Once you've got it out enough, this is the actual fixing plate that would then be sitting in the frame.
What you would do is you would screw that on, like so, on the frame and that little groove that you see sitting there, that actually accepts this chain. So the idea is, is that that would sit on there like that, and once you've got it long enough you would insert it then into there, and there you go guys. Then you've got your fixing sorted. So when your door opens, I mean, I won't be able to do this . . . but when the door opens it will pull on that chain, and the spring that is underneath here is under immense tension and then when you let go of the door, this tension is wanting to release itself and hence it closes the door.
Now this particular type of lock, the manufacturers claim is capable of closing a door of up to 150 lbs in weight, which is considerable. What you've got to bear in mind is if it closes though, if you've got any back pressure, like wind on the door, or anything like that, it may actually reduce the efficiency and the effect of a door closer.
It comes as standard with some screw fixings as well to actually affix the product to the door. So there you go, there is not much more I can actually say about it. I've given you a couple of measurements there, it might be that there are other manufacturers out there, one of the distinct advantages with this particular one, is how thin this pipe is that you would need to screw into the door, and that can have a distinct advantage as to why you would choose this one over some of the other brands that might be out there.
So from me, Darrel Walters, all I can say is thanks for taking the time to watch the video. If you're thinking of wanting to buy one I would love for you to add to the cart on our site. But in the meantime if you need anymore advice or you want a bit more information, pick up the phone or pop us an e-mail or pop online, we'd love to chat, we've got a live-chat system. So all you've got to do is just go on our site click 'live chat' and you can talk to any of us or me if you want, at any time of the day, well not any time of the day, but definitely in the working day.
Anyway see you soon. Thank you very much. Bye-bye now.