How to make interior door creep closed

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Old 02-07-16, 01:21 PM
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How to make interior door creep closed

I would like for my laundry room door to slowly creep closed on its own. Not latched though. I heard you could put cardboard behind one of the door hinges. Can someone walk me through how to do that? Is it the top or bottom hinge and is it the hinge against the door or against the door frame?
 
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Old 02-07-16, 01:25 PM
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Buy spring hinges and adjust them to the desired tension.
 
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Old 02-07-16, 01:35 PM
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If you put card board between the hinge and wood that's a no-no. You'll only weaken the door from the frame and cause trouble. If you mean a thin piece of cardboard on the face of the hinge so it closes against the other face, it might work. Never tried it. That will prevent the door from latching, but I don't think it will cause it to slowly close. If the door and frame is not level then some doors will close or open on their own. If the door stays in any one position then go with the spring hinge as Xsleeper suggest.
 
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Old 02-07-16, 01:53 PM
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The old fashioned way is a cord through a screw eye and a weight. Adjusting the amount of the weight will change how fast it closes.

They also make self closing hinges that need no spring.

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Cardboard is going to nothing but throw off the latch.
Why do you need it to close on it's own?
 
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The laundry room is a pass-through between the garage and the living area. My husband can never remember to close the laundry room door behind him and whenever we have company over they are looking straight into my laundry room.
 
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They also make these contraptions....https://hdsupplysolutions.com/shop/p...-brass-p893890

Seems like you see them in gas station restrooms and low class restaurants where the health department requires closers on doors.
 
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Old 02-07-16, 10:19 PM
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Those items referenced by X would be the cheapest solution. They sell them or similar at all home centers and hardware stores
 
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Old 02-08-16, 04:36 AM
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Since the door if from the garage to the living space of the house, it may be a fire door which is heavy and will need an hydraulic door closer.
 
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Old 02-08-16, 10:29 AM
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That's not what she said Johnam. She said the "laundry room" is how you get from garage to main living area. My last house was like that. Interior door into utility room, walk 12 ft, another (fire rated) door into garage.
 
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