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geojay

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:37 pm Reply with quote

The front door of my flat is susceptible to slamming. The door is between my flat and a communal stairwell. The door is fitted with a concealed chain type closer (I'm not sure if it has a proper name...) between the door and frame. The combination of the concealed closer and airflow (I always keep the kitchen window open and there's usually a window open in the stairwell) means the door slams if you don't hold it.

Any suggestions on how to stop the door slamming? I know to hold it but guests and friends often forget and the resultant slamming (understandably) annoys the neighbours. I also appreciate that the closer is there for fire-safety reasons...

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stephenf8542

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:00 pm Reply with quote

Change it to an overhead closer then you can adjust the speed it closes at
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geojay

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:07 pm Reply with quote

stephenf8542 wrote:
Change it to an overhead closer then you can adjust the speed it closes at


Looking more at the subject makes me think a closer is no longer required for fire reasons... In that case I'm tempted to remove it completely. It's my front door so it's not like I leave it open other than to walk through it!

Opinions?

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:07 pm Reply with quote

Fit a dictator device to the top of the door.

This is a small hydraulic cylinder and wheel which catches the door before it hits the frame, and causes it to close slowly

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Front doors in flats above 2 storeys should have a self-closing device
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:10 pm Reply with quote

Or one of these http://www.doortech.co.uk/slam-stop.htm not pretty
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:21 pm Reply with quote

jay - your mystery door closer is a Perko door closer and is one type of device that had to be fitted (and remain fitted!!!) to your type of fire door ... you should not remove it. Fit a door damper (^woody^'s DICTATOR door check {google for pic & info} or similar) as this will solve the problem and keep you legal.
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geojay

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:56 pm Reply with quote

I've now tried something similar to the slam-stop but instead of slowing down the closing of the door, it actually stops it if it's going too quickly and doesn't then release it. It's something like the mechanism of a car seat belt reel, the pressure needs to be released before the door will close.

The dictator looks perfect apart from the price, the cheapest I can find them for is ~65 and that's a lot more than I want to spend on stopping the door slamming...

Any more suggestions?

Many thanks!
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Danni39

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:37 pm Reply with quote

Hi there,

I'm wondering if you're able to help. I live in a tiny bedsit in Kent. Recently a neighbour moved into the bedsit next to me. During the night she often goes in and out of the bedsit, and although she doesn't slam her door. She closes it in a way, that there is always a bang at the end. Admittedly it's not very loud, but each time it happens, this bang wakes me, not helped by the fact I'm a light sleeper. I have asked her to close the door quietly, but unfortunately things haven't improved. I know this can be done, as I never heard my previous neighbour who lived there for over 8 years. This has been going on for weeks now, and I'm feeling very sleep deprived.

Would I be able to be a device that would stop the door banging? Or any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks
Daniela
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:06 pm Reply with quote

Concealed door closers (Perko and such) are not very adjustable and air pressure can alter the characteristics.

A Dictator is really for heavier doors and thus not suitable.

A main door would benefit from a LCN door closer but not cheap at 240 ish.

For smaller internal doors a well adjusted overhead closer is best.
A cheap but reliable one is the draper one.

http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?q=cheap+door+closers&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=1483702333936215135&sa=X&ei=1IG0TZ-sIYSp8AP2_aCWDA&ved=0CIQBEPMCMAc#cond=1

Although Yale and several others do similar. Just fit them correctly and that should be it.
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