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Here are different ways on how to stop a door from slamming. There’s nothing spooky about door slamming shut.
However, nothing is irritating than the noise a door makes when it slams shut.
Ways on How to Stop a Door from Slamming
Below are different ways on how you can stop a door from slamming using simple and yet inexpensive DIY hacks that work.
1. Inspect and Fix the Hinges
The first area you should check when considering how to stop a door from slamming is the hinges. Slamming occurs when a door is imbalanced due to improperly fixed or worn out hinges.
Open the door to an angle of 90 degrees then place a level on top of it to make sure the door is not out of balance.
Tighten the hinges’ screws if they appear loose because that could be the problem. However, if they are worn out, you should replace them immediately.
Replacing them is not a big task; in fact, you can even do it yourself without the help of a professional. All you have to do is start by replacing the top hinges followed by the bottom ones as you tighten the screws.
Remember, you should use a level at all times until the door is balanced correctly.
2. Install the Automatic Door Closer
If the door hinges are okay, but the door is still slamming, you should consider installing an automatic door closer. An automatic door closer is a device that automatically shuts the door when it is opened.
The devices are commonly used are offices and malls, but they can also be used at homes.
If you are worried about prices, don’t be. You can get an affordable door closer, such as Heavy Duty Pneumatic Closer at any online store.
The devices work efficiently on any door, but you will have to grease it occasionally for efficiency.
If you want something that doesn’t require the occasional greasing, you should consider Hydraulic Door Closers. The only drawback is they tend to take more space.
Installing the automatic door closer is not hard. There are several videos online with the tutorial on how to fix it.
3. Use Felt Pads
You can also use felt pads to prevent a door from slamming. Felt pads are typically used to avoid a door from damaging furniture through scratching.
The felt pads are affordable and easy to install if you are worried about the budget. Start by sticking the pads at the edge of the door frame starting from the top.
You can also install at the strike plate, both the top and the bottom.
Felt pads act as cushions by reducing the speed of a closing door.
You can also use the original cushy closer, which is much effective at stopping a slamming door. The cushion is placed on the door’s latch.
Unlike the felt pads which prevent the door from closing, the cushion prevents the door from hitting the frame.
4. Try Weather Stripping
You can also try Weather Stripping to prevent your door from slamming, especially if your door is significant.
Weather Stripping tape is both an adhesive and sound deadener. Apart from preventing your door from slamming, the stripping tape will muffle any sound the door produces.
An excellent example of the weatherstripping tape is Frost King Rubber Foam Tape. It is affordable and easy to use, even for an amateur.
To install the weather stripping, ensure you clean the door by removing dirt and any dust. Then measure the area on the door where you intend to install the tape, in this case, the door frame.
Use those measurements to cut the weather stripping to the required sizes. Then carefully place the tape along with the door frame and ensure you press it firmly.
5. Consider Installing a Door silencer.
Another option for the problem of a slamming door is a door silencer. The object is made of rubber and can be installed on any type of door.
The silencer has a con shape that is transformed into a thickened backing when installed on the door.
Installing the object is pretty simple; you can even make it a DIY project. Follow these steps to install the object.
Drill a hole of about a ¼ of an inch into the doorstop on the frame. Then stick the cone object inside the hole.
The silencer will act as a shock absorber and also prevent it from making noise when closing. The object is also flexible enough for the door to close quickly.
The size of your door will determine the number of door silencers that you can use.
6. Use a Bumper
Install a bumper on the door’s knob to protect the walls. The bumper is installed on the area where the knob hits the wall.
Repeated bumps can cause severe damage, especially if you have drywall. So it’s important to install a cushion to prevent that.
The bumper is made of plastic pads or rubber, which comes with its on self-adhesive. They are easy to install and affordable if you have a fixed budget.
You need to mark the area where the doorknob hits the wall with a pencil.
Then place the bumper on the wall, then poke some using nails where you will install the screws.
If you are installing the bumper on drywall, make sure you use epoxy glue to attach it on the walls.
Drill the bumper into the predrilled holes on the walls using masonry screws or drywall screws if you have drywall.
7. Install a Rubber Band
One of the cheapest ways of stopping a door from slamming is though installing a rubber band. It is also one of the convenient short-term ways of reducing slamming.
To install the rubber band, simply open the door then place the band on the door’s handle. Then stretch it until it reaches the other side of the door.
Ensure that it covers both the top and the bottom of the latch and that it has wholly wrapped it.
The purpose of the rubber band it to create some form of the bumper when the door hits the frame. The band will minimize the noise and also prevent that slamming from damaging the wall.
Remember, this method is only useful when you are looking for a quick solution to the slamming. If you want something more, consider the other ways.
On How to Stop A Door from Slamming
Above are the best hacks on how to stop a door from slamming. I’ve personally tried these hacks, and I can attest that all the methods above work.
However, the important thing to note in this case is that, with time, some of these methods may lose their effectiveness- and you’ll have no option left other than to replace them.
For example, weatherstripping material may tear and weather away over time. When this happens, make sure to replace it immediately.
Tried any other hacks that work? Please let me know down below.