OK – this one is going to take some thought, so let’s focus.  Paul Nykiel of Johnson Hardware sent me these photos of an opening he’s trying to help with.  The large panel on the right is designed to be stationary (a surface bolt holds it in the closed position), but will sometimes be opened.  The door on the left is a swinging door that is hinged to the sometimes-stationary panel.  The customer installed a closer on the active leaf / swinging door, but because the shoe is mounted to the frame head, the large panel can not be opened without detaching the closer.

Is there any way to install a closer on the active leaf / swinging door, without attaching it to the frame head?  WWYD?

Bifold Doors

Closer Installed

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