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Silencing the Screen Door

How to keep your slamming door from ruining your peace and quiet
By Gary Campbell
Published: April 1, 2007
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Photo by Gary Campbell

You’re quietly sipping coffee at the kitchen table when a herd of adrenaline- spiked kids stampedes toward the door. With the reflexes of a cat, you yell, “Don’t let the screen door slam!” But before the word “slam” passes your lips they’ve flung the door open and they’re halfway to the lake.

Its spring stretched to the limit, the door pauses tauntingly at its apex. As it starts to close, you cringe in anticipation. The door accelerates with unbridled authority until – BANG! – it slams shut.

Ears ringing, you wonder, will they ever learn not to slam that door? The good news is, yes, they will learn. The bad news is, they won’t learn until they have a cabin of their own.

A little prevention in the form of a pneumatic door closer can save the door and your weekend. But they look out of place on a simple wooden screen door. And they’re not inexpensive.

I have a better solution.

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