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Keeping the Door Open

31 May 2010 15:42:42
Keeping the Door Open

Keeping the Door Open

I was hoping someone had a clever idea about how to keep my patio doors open.

As you see from the photo, the doors open straight out but, because of wind, we need to put a chair in front of the doors to keep them open.

Both doors open and they open only as far as you see in the photo.

This is not ideal and I really wish I could think of some DIY attachment to keep the doors open.

I suppose something could be drilled into the outside wall below the fountains...


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Pat Pat 31 May 2010 17:23:35

It looks as if you could wedge a piece of wood, planed to suit on the inside.


Jacinta Jacinta 31 May 2010 18:51:49

Or tie a rope from the lamps above, bringing it around the two door handles and loop the end to go over the handles


fran m fran m 31 May 2010 21:11:59

Rachel, most of those doors have a sliding bar fitted to the top of the door. If it is there it may be just a matter of turning a screw to reset the tension, if not a piece of wood fitted as Pat says works well, just be sure it is  snug fit, and not straining the hinges.


MartinB MartinB 31 May 2010 21:20:55

You need a block in the concrete step to stop it swinging back and pinching on the wall. Then if there was a hole drilled into the step you could push in the piece of round wood above mentioned and withdraw it when you need to close up.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 01 June 2010 00:12:45

All my doors open in as otherwise they would be off their hinges, I know it takes up space in the room but at least they are safe I use wedge to hold them in place.


Rachel Rachel 01 June 2010 23:29:22

Thanks, folks. Lots of useful suggestions there. The wooden wedge wouldn't work though as the gap is too great. You can't really see that from this photo. I want to check out the bar at the top like Fran suggested but never got the chance today. Tomorrow hopefully.


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