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Simpo Two

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There is only one problem with outside doors that open outwards - the slightest breath of wind catches them and in a very short time will strain/damage/break the hinges.

I'm trying to think of some way of stopping it from doing this - but short of a loop of rope hanging outside that I can put round the handle, I'm a bit stuck for a neater idea. An external doorstop won't work as the ground is about 6" lower and anything high enough would get tripped over.

If I'm just going in or out it's not a problem as I can close the door after me, but if I just want it open a bit for ventilation or to clear burning toast smoke, that's when the problem can start.

Are there any clever gadgets, hydraulic levers etc that might hold the door partly open?

ShadownINja

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Arm on the door, hole on the doorframe. Maintains a couple of inches gap. Or a security door chain thing. Might need to wedge a shoe in there so it doesn't keep opening and shutting.

Edit: they're called "gate hooks". Took ages as I was googling "gate latches". Looks like they only do screw-in ones at B&Q. You might need one with a flat base if it's a UPVC door/frame unless you want to damage the door and frame.

Edited by ShadownINja on Monday 22 March 11:11

jeff m

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In the US we have hydraulic pistons on our screen doors that have a little flip down toggle type thingy that will keep them open at any chosen angle.
Cheap and nasty made in China, not sure they would be any good on a heavy door.
Search "screen door" or "storm door"
and "closer"

robinhood21

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A new toaster.

ShadownINja

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robinhood21 said:
A new toaster.
Lateral thinking. But makes sense!
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Simpo Two

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Thanks guys - the issue with the gate hook idea is that it's a new uPVC door and I don't want to drill holes in it or stick anything on that will show on the inside. Hence the simple plan just to loop something over the internal handle. The hydraulic piston might be worth a look - any links?


robinhood21

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How about something like This.

Simpo Two

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Interesting - not sure if it would fit to the door though. I'll mail them and ask. Ta biggrin

Actually it looks as if it only holds it open at 90 degrees...

Edited by Simpo Two on Monday 22 March 11:59

Piglet

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Ohh keep posting on this, we have the same problem with our patio door. I want to leave the door open by about 10 inches so that the dog can get in and out (she might be a bloody spaniel but she's crap at doors)

My current favourite approach is a pair of wellies, one outside the door and one inside!

pmanson

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How about a bit of wood with a loop of rope at either end? Hook one loop over the door handle and the other loop over a hook somewhere in the room.

Adjust the length of the wood to control the amount of movement you have on the door.

robinhood21

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As mentioned above by Jeff; friction stays, but will have to be fixed to surface of door. Clicky
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