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Topic # 225488 21-Nov-2017 15:52
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I live in an extremely windy area.

On my entry way, I have a lockable screen door, and a Parkwood fiberglass exterior door.

I'm looking to hold the exterior entry door open, during the day, while I'm home.

I've tried traditional wedges and weights but the door just gets slowly pushed on windy days.

I see the Lockwood makes a "hold open device" for some of their door closers.

So I have two questions.

It says it's not legal on a fire door. Is my ordinary exterior entry door considered a fire door?

And the second question, anyone tried this device?

https://www.lsc.com.au/Products/Hardware/Door-Closers/Closers-Cam-Action/Lockwood-Cam-Action-Closer-Spare-Parts/LW2616152.html

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  Reply # 1905343 21-Nov-2017 15:56
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What about a cabin hook?


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  Reply # 1905353 21-Nov-2017 16:25
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This sort of thing is designed to keep deadbeats out of US apartments, it should be able to do double duty and hold your door open against a breeze :),

 

failing that a modified broom handle and rubber stopper should do something similar...

 

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91mhSZuYpHL._SX522_.jpg

 

https://www.amazon.com/Deluxe-Door-Guard-Security-stops/dp/B017OH7BUI

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1905393 21-Nov-2017 17:51
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Consider a magnetic door stop, available at leading hardware stores.


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  Reply # 1905410 21-Nov-2017 18:23
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Just get a good ole' cabin hook?  The average hardware store will have a variety of hooks for doors.  I quite like the ones that install down the bottom that hook over automatically, to release just flick it up with your foot.  I doubt a residential entrance door is classified as a "fire" door.  

 

Like this:

 

 

 

https://www.bunnings.co.nz/adoored-satin-chrome-hook-and-eye-style-door-stop_p03950411

 

 





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  Reply # 1905427 21-Nov-2017 19:15
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That looks like the one I got for my shed. Its design is that it will never self latch because the angle of the hook is so steep that the door just bounces. Move it up a little so only the tip catches it will flip the hook up, but it then isnt really secure because its on the tip of the hook, not the recessed part of the hook. I keep meaning to put a disk on the angle grinder and try to give it a bit more taper on the part on the door to see if that helps, but largly a useless door catch IME.





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  Reply # 1905438 21-Nov-2017 19:41
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To answer your first question only buildings that have multiple fire zones have fire doors. The average private residence only has one fire zone and therefore does not have fire doors.



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  Reply # 1905442 21-Nov-2017 19:57
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Thanks for all the responses. Sounds like a cabin hook, perhaps two of different lengths is the answer.

I found this on Wikipedia

"A cabin hook is used in many situations to hold a door open, like on ships to prevent doors from swinging and banging against other woodwork as the ship moves due to wave action. This usage spread also to other domains, where a door was required to be held open or a self-closing device is used to close the door."

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  Reply # 1905443 21-Nov-2017 19:57
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Actually this is the one I got. Same thing but more expensive.

 

 

 

https://www.bunnings.co.nz/miles-nelson-door-stop-latch-back-satin-chrome_p00399911

 

 





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  Reply # 1905447 21-Nov-2017 20:03
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Hook and eye?   I use them for when our French doors are open.

 

Go to Mr Bunnings and look at the various colours, sizes, types etc.




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  Reply # 1905549 22-Nov-2017 06:57
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Just to be clear, it's to hold the door open a crack.

If it's fully open on a windy day, it's like a tornado inside the house

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  Reply # 1905568 22-Nov-2017 07:25
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Lay a rolled up towel down in the open door - that will hold it open a crack - or you can get those foam things that stop kids fingers getting slammed in doors


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  Reply # 1905622 22-Nov-2017 10:40
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Friend of mine in the USA uses these ... might be available in NZ somehow -

 

http://www.latchnvent.com/

 

 

 

 




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  Reply # 1905814 22-Nov-2017 15:30
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clever device

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  Reply # 1905816 22-Nov-2017 15:36
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They rattle and are noisy the wind.


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  Reply # 1906145 23-Nov-2017 08:59
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https://www.bunnings.co.nz/miles-nelson-door-stop-with-latch-satin-chrome_p00483411 installed 6 of these on our decks about 12 years ago. Self latch, use foot to unlatch. Work great. Should outlast the deck and me.


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