self-closing door hinges

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Old 07-18-13, 08:34 AM
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self-closing door hinges

I just moved into a place that has a self-closing hinge on the door going from garage to mud room. This is fine except while moving with a lot of in and out traffic, it is very inconvenient. Short of using a door stop, I'd like to know if there is a way to adjust the hinge temporarily to keep the door from closing automatically.

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Old 07-18-13, 08:42 AM
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Nope...not if it's the typical type that you just wind the top to apply tension. At least not quickly and simply. It's required by current building codes.

A foot stop would be the cheapest and easiest method.
 
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Okay - I was afraid of that. I don't think this is the kind that winds at the top - it has pins in it. I thought perhaps removing or moving the pins might have some kind of effect. Quite frankly - I'm not sure I'm going to like this feature very much, especially when coming in with a bunch of shopping bags. Had no idea about the building code - what was the point to that idea I wonder?

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It's a fire door but will not stop a fire if it's not closed.

Door stop would be my likely choice to deal with this.
 
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Oh, I see! Well that makes sense!

Thanks for the insight!
 
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A door stop or if you can tie it off to something... Door stop is the best or something heavy.
 
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Old 07-18-13, 11:49 AM
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I found a magnetic door holder on Amazon for about 6 bucks (SOSS Magnetic Door Holder & Stop White - Amazon.com) - I wonder if the magnet would be strong enough to hold the door open. it's a metal door.
 
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Any magnet to hold the door open may need to be an electromagnet controlled by a fire detection system so the door is released automaticly in case of fire.
 
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Old 07-18-13, 03:46 PM
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I know you're right and after i wrote that, I realized that idea would pretty much defeat the intended purpose. I think the whole point in the first place was just something to hold it open while I was going back and forth and therefore in the immediate area the entire time. I never really intended to prop it open indefinitely while no one was present. With that said - I think just something heavy to hold it is probably my best option.
 
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Old 07-18-13, 03:56 PM
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Get one of the types of door stops that mounts to the door, so that you can just flip it down onto the floor with your foot when you want the door to stay open. The height at which you mount those is critical if they are to work properly.
 
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Old 07-18-13, 04:04 PM
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Good idea! That would definitely do the trick!
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Old 07-18-13, 05:32 PM
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Thats what I meant by foot stop. No need to bend over or anything if you have room to slide your toe under to flip it up. The mag catch might work...but they are normally more expensive and you have to hope for solid wood on the wall where one half mounts.
 
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Old 07-18-13, 11:10 PM
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I didn't know they were called foot stops. Didn't want to ask a dumb question. Definitely the best option I think.

Thanks a bunch!
 
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They also make spring-loaded step-on door stops. A bit easier to release than the kick-down type.

Step-Down Door Stops

(I know nothing about this company, I just found them on a Google search.)
 
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Old 07-19-13, 07:16 AM
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Thanks, but too pricey for my needs.
 
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The link was just an example. I have seen similar door stops in neighborhood hardware stores for around $5.
 
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