Some of the doors in my house won't stay in a partially open position
because the walls are so out of plumb. One wall is 5/8" off vertical
over the four-foot length of my level! So repositioning the hinges is
out of the question. Anyone know of high-friction hinges designed to
overcome this problem?
It's easy enough to make your own. Just remove the hinge pin, lay it on a hard
surface, and hit it in the middle with a hammer, just hard enough to put a
very slight bend in it. Reinsert the hinge pin. Voila! a high-friction hinge.
I'm not aware of any. The usual solution is to remove one or more of
the hinge pins and either bending it slightly or deforming it slightly
with a cold chisel. Note which area of the pin has the mating hinge
plate moving over it since there will be no benefit to deforming the pin
portion that is stationary with respect to the hinge.
Over coming as much tilt as you have may be a challenge.
Ray K wrote:
I hope that it sasfies you Ray, it's a hacker's solution which didn't
work very well for me. My office door kept swinging halfway shut because
the jamb was out of plumb. The building owner's maintenance guy's
solution was to bend a hinge pin just like others have advised you here.
Maybe it was because it was a solid door and heavy, so he had to bend
the pin severely, but the door felt weird every time I moved it it, with
no "follow through" when I stopped pushing or pulling.
I straightened out the hinge pin and thought about making up my own
magnetic catch to hold the door open. But then I went shopping and for a
few bucks I bought a "latching door stop". it's a kind of a ball and
spring loaded socket design, two parts which mount to the baseboard and
the door. It works great, and the door feels "right" when I move it.
Just my .02,
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying."
Here's a clever door stop/holder. I have them on all my doors and they
hold quite well even when the wind blows through the house.
Magnetic Door Catch, part no: 47-175.
Jeff Wisnia wrote:
The magnetic latch idea is nice, but not for my situation. My problem is
that one disengaged from the latch the smallest amount, the door swings
to the full open position; I don't need anything to hold it open. I
would like it to stay at whatever position it's at when I release it.
The earlier suggestions of bending one hinge pin worked perfectly.
Thanks to all,
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