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mcvane 05-08-2010 03:41 PM

making inside doors not movable for baby security
Hi All.

The title might not explain it well, but I was wondering if anyone knows of a practical way to 'jam' doors from moving at all in the interest of our baby's safety? She is starting to get around and we have a few french doors that she's fine to go around, but we don't want her to be slamming them open and shut. We want the door to be 'unmovable in the open position without having to take it out of the hinges.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

Willie T 05-08-2010 03:52 PM

A normal doorstop pushed under the door, straight-on, at the edge, rather than from one side or the other works very well.

DangerMouse 05-08-2010 05:43 PM

If you don't mind the hole in the floor, use a sliding bolt latch.


tpolk 05-08-2010 05:47 PM

eyehook and hook from door to base

DangerMouse 05-08-2010 05:55 PM

eyehook and hook? please elucidate.


tpolk 05-08-2010 06:17 PM

round with screw threads, other part is long hook/latch with an eye hook attatched one screws in door other to base and hook part sits into eyehook. srry dont know how to get pic for you.

DangerMouse 05-08-2010 06:34 PM

I KNOW what they ARE, but how do they hold the door OPEN?


jlhaslip 05-08-2010 09:11 PM

there are mechanisms similar to sliding bolts that use a rubber tip ans a spring in case you can't drill for the sliding bolt style unit.

Thurman 05-09-2010 07:09 PM

Yep! The old fashioned hook and latch like on Grandma's screen door, only larger. My son/daughter-in-law had this problem in the home they lived in with the first son. French doors he loved to slam shut when he had just started crawling. I installed the eye near the top of the door framing and the hook mounted into the plaster wall with a plastic anchor. I took my daughter-in-laws height into consideration on this. This method worked well for son #2 also. When they sold the home I was prepared to remove the hook and eyes but the new owners had small kids and liked the idea. David

Cmudr1 05-11-2010 10:25 AM

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Here is what we used for your situation. We bought this at Menards but I also believe Toysrus has one similar. One end bolts to the door and one to the wall, then you have to push the buttons to release it once its closed. Attachment 20358

jogr 05-14-2010 03:55 PM

here's an example of a brass door bolt.

There are other styles available. They seem to be more elegant than hooks or plastic catches.

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