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Cheap and effective
on 23 April 2015
Having changed our side door to open outwards, we had not anticipated a couple of problems. First, if opened too far, the hinges hit the edge of the wall. Second, our side return is a bit of a wind tunnel, so even if we opened the door only a little way, the wind would catch it and force it wide. Add in children that throw every door open, and forget to close them, and it was clear the hinges were not going to last long...
This door restrictor will hopefully save the day, and the door. I ordered from Truely PVC Supplies, and it arrived with instructions, so only took 5 minutes to install. When installing, there are a couple of points to watch. Firstly, the instructions say to use a posidrive bit, but the supplied screws were Phillips. Second, you fit the restrictor locked at its widest opening. This means that two of the screw holes on the sliding channel are covered by the restrictor arm. It is impossible to close the restrictor before it is fully screwed in place (and I suspect you will damage the door or restrictor if you try!), so you need to disengage the restrictor arm from the frame pivot plate to get at the screw holes. Sounds complicated, but is pretty obvious when you are doing it if you have a little common sense.
The restrictor works well for the purpose we wanted it for - stopping the door opening beyond 90 degrees. It is also supposed to allow the door to stay open at an angle between 0 and 90 degrees (assuming it is not too windy), but I suspect the single screw that controls this will just gouge a channel in the metal of the slide channel before too long.