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Old 06-09-2012, 12:52 PM   #1
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Have a double out swinging door on my shed and the left door won't stay open on its own. It has pins that keeps it closed while the other door opens and closes freely. I want to use one of the pins to prop it open when I want to. Any ideas? I was thinking some sort of small metal pipe in the ground that sticks up high enough so that pin can fall in it or something similar up top with the top pin.



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Old 06-09-2012, 04:29 PM   #2
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A pipe or wood post sunk into the ground there is all you need---

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If I pound a pipe into the ground how do I prevent it from moving around? I have in mind a pipe they use for fences but with a pipe inside of it to stick out and reach the door pin.

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Use a stiff pipe---drive it about 3 feet in---a block and pipe clamp screwed into the framing under the siding could also add some stiffness.
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Use a stiff pipe---drive it about 3 feet in---a block and pipe clamp screwed into the framing under the siding could also add some stiffness.
So could a $5 bag of ready mix.
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So could a $5 bag of ready mix.
I have about half a bag of fast setting quickrete in my shed. My plan is to just pound the metal pipe I bought into the ground with a mallet. I bought a 4' long 1/2" diameter pipe. How can I get concrete in such a small hoe?

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If the pipe alone is to floppy--cut the bottom out of a small bucket or pail---place that around the pipe like a collar---then pack that with your concrete---that 'collar ' should be all you need to take the flex out of the pipe.
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If the pipe alone is to floppy--cut the bottom out of a small bucket or pail---place that around the pipe like a collar---then pack that with your concrete---that 'collar ' should be all you need to take the flex out of the pipe.
The pipe is metal so it's not floppy at all I just worry about the hole in the ground will get bigger and bigger over time and lean or fall over. It
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If the pipe alone is to floppy--cut the bottom out of a small bucket or pail---place that around the pipe like a collar---then pack that with your concrete---that 'collar ' should be all you need to take the flex out of the pipe.
The pipe is metal so it's not floppy at all I just worry about the hole in the ground will get bigger and bigger over time and lean or fall over. It would be nice to be able to take the pipe out of the ground when I'm not using it.
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You could dig a hole and set that collar at ground level after you drive the pipe into position.
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Can't you just put a simple little hook on the door and an eye on the shed
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What if I got a larger metal pipe and hammered it all the way flush to the ground and filled it with gravel until i can put the smaller pipe inside it and it sticks up high enough for the door pin to go in? Does that make sense? Maybe I'll leave the bigger pipe about an inch above ground so dirt and mud doesn't get in it all the time.

I always worry about myself or someone else falling on something that's sticking out of the ground which is why I want to be able to take it out when nor in use.
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Can't you just put a simple little hook on the door and an eye on the shed
I have vinyl siding that I do not want to put a hole in. Also, the door is metal. That would have been done already if I could.
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Can't you just put a simple little hook on the door and an eye on the shed
I agree with this.


In your response you say you don't want to put a hole in the siding. Well, you don't have to.


Use a couple self tapping screws to hold an "eye" on the upper part of the door, and mount the hook to the top of the jamb.

Open door, swing hook up and place it in the eye.


Everything is inside and out of the way....
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is it possible to adjust the hinges with shims and/or tighten up the hinge pin (bending it very slightly, to give hinge more friction) to keep the door open on its own? My shed, the wind would blow the door shut so I used the hook and eye method to hold it open. I often thought about installing a kickstand on the door; but then we sold the house and the shed was no longer mine....

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