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Old 04-16-2017, 10:12 AM   #1
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kick down doorstop - why 8" from door edge?


Before installing some kick down doorstops I went to a few websites and several said to install the stops 8 inches in from the outer edge of the door. I did this, and it looks weird since most of these kinds of stops are usually seen only a couple of inches from the door edge. The client asked me why I did this and all I could say was "because websites said to do it that way". Can anyone provide a better explanation? Thanks.

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Old 04-16-2017, 10:23 AM   #2
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Probably helps prevent excess torque on the slab as well.

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I second WOW's opinion. The only website that matters is MFG's site.

I have never seen one mounted anywhere but about the center point of the rail (aprox 3-4" from the non hinge edge).
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If it's not mounted back from the edge it will hit and damage the baseboard.
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Thanks for the answers, but:
1) what is MFG's site?
2) what is "the center point of the rail"? (specifically, what rail?)
3) and does "Probably helps prevent excess torque on the slab as well" mean it IS a good idea to mount it 8" from the door edge rather than "aprox 3-4" from the non hinge edge" as Colbyt has always seen it? ie. it's less likely to dig a hole/groove/damage the floor if it isn't as far away from the hinge? Actually, isn't the torque of the door constant, determined by the spring, gravity, or whatever... and since Torque = Force x radius wouldn't a stop closer to the hinge experience a greater force to resist the torque, while a stop closer to the non-hinge edge would experience less force with the same torque?
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MFG == manufacturer's. Follow the suggested installation directions.

I believe the posted who mentioned damage said to the shoe base or baseboard. That doesn't make sense to me since the stop is not on the wall side. It is on the room side when engaged. Getting it too close to the edge might result in damage to the door casing or stop strip on the casing.

The average residential, non self closing door does not exert any force on the door when held open. If you installed them in a commercial building where self closing doors are required by code someone has bigger potential problems than the look of them.

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