I am looking for something to keep my children, my wife, and all other
visitors from slamming my front door. I found something called a door
damper - dictator.com makes them, but they only sell to OEMs. This
device attaches to door frame and door and consists of a hydraulic cam
that engages when the door closes.
Any other suggestions?
I don't remember the brand name, but I got a decent little unit at Home
Depot. Works just like those institutional ones, it's just smaller. Easy
to install, adjustable. Actually, I bought it to ensure the door gets
closed, but it also works as a damper.
To the guy who says stop **ssing them off.. I say, lol :) Funny, you
are. The problem is that I have a giant family, and when their
friends come over, the door gets opened, and bam, opened, bam... you
know the routine...
The problem with the two way dampers is that the children will rip the
damper right out of the door - they will find a way to slam it. This
is why I like the dictator version so much - you can slam it all you
want, and when the wheel engages, the damping kicks in...
anyway.. thanks for the suggestions and the laughs....
Maybe 50 years ago I remember that we had a popular
damper installed on a screen-door that pulled-shut via
a long spring -- hook screwed into door, another into wall --
but man, was it LOUD, after flinging open the door and
running out, letting it close behind you, by itself.
I'm sure that today our engineers (engineers-in-China?) have
devised *far* superior devices for this purpose, and
probably for less money too. But we didn't have
the (chinese) engineers then, so here's what *we* had:
It was a little rubber-ball, somewhat smaller than a
ping-pong ball, with metal rod sticking out of it for about
two inches, with something, I forget exactly what, some kind
of loop bent into the metal, with some kind of loose screw
or something stuck through it, eventually screwed into the
door, about one inch from the vertical-edge-of-the-door.
Now, when you flung open the door and ran out, letting
the door slam behind you, under its own closing-power (the
now-stretched string), as the door is swinging closed,
faster and faster, the centrifugal (centripetal? I've found
the diff, whatever it is, confusing, and have somehow not
mastered it) force flings that ball out into the air,
so that when the door finally hits the door-frame,
it hits the rubber-ball, and bounces, instead of slamming.
Seemed to me, back then, that it worked, accomplished what
it was supposed to do.
Again, I'm sure far better and far less expensive
devices exist today -- especially so since I haven;t
seen one of these devices in about, again, 45 or 50 years.
I hope this has been of service to those continuing
this quiet-door-closing reesearch.
replying to David Combs, Moelalon wrote:
Dave that is just what I've been looking for...they did a good job for a
reasonable price...I want one for
my old fashioned wooden screen door with a long spring that closes it.
replying to David Combs, merleman wrote:
For david and any one else seeking an answer to the sound of a slamming screen
door go to cabinlivingmagazine.com look for the article "silencing the screen
door" by Gary Cambell.He describes how to make the swing ball slam stopper of
old with some very simple parts available anywhere.I will tell you i remember
them and the one made with his instructions has worked perfectly and has a
comforting kinda sound enjoy!!!!!AND PLEASE DON'T SLAM THE DOOR
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