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dgreco3917 09-28-2009 10:41 AM

Keeping Door Propped Open
My wife always likes to keep the door to the garage propped open a foot or so. Several reasons really, give the cat access, keep the garage a bit cooler and more ventilated, etc. She currently accomplishes this in pretty crude fashion- wedges a folding chair in between the door and the wall or the door and the frame. As I just painted the door and wall, I need to find a better way. The door is a good 6" above the garage floor, so a simple door stop won't work.

My first attempt was a chain bolted to the back of the door and to the wall in the garage. Works ok, but the chain makes a lot of noise when the door is open and knocks stuff over.

Then I thought about the pneumatic door closers commonly used on commercial doors. Look nice, a bit pricey, but I can't seem to find one that will lock in a particular position. Then, there are the storm/screen/patio door closers. Most (at least what I've seen at Home Depot/Lowes) seem very flimsy and I doubt will last very long with a solid-core wooden door.

What other options are there? Should be easy to use, pretty unobtrusive, and be able to keep the door open both a small distance from closing and open all the way (for bringing groceries in and out and such).

47_47 09-28-2009 11:46 AM

How about a small C clamp on the track under the bottom roller?

Scuba_Dave 09-28-2009 12:14 PM

Your track doesn't have holes in the sides?
Usually there are holes & the lock system can be used to keep the door open
I've also seen people do this with a drill & pin

dgreco3917 09-28-2009 12:23 PM

Sorry, it is not the rollup garage door, it is the door from the garage to the kitchen. Just a standard interior (but solid-core) door.

RegeSullivan 09-28-2009 12:25 PM

I think he is talking about man door in the garage not a garage door.

47_47 09-29-2009 09:44 AM


You could make a simple wedge. You say you have ~ 6" between the bottom of the door and the floor. Take about a 12" long 2x6 and to one 1" edge screw a 2x2 perpendicular to it at one end. You can also screw in another vertical piece as a handle.

You could also make a more defined wedge using power tools.

rahfiki 09-29-2009 09:19 PM


open window, put in small pet/cat door in the man door?


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