DOORS COLLIDE! Ideas???

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If the garage and basement doors open at the same time they will slam into each other. I was wondering if there's some sort of spring attachment or something that will make sure this doesn't happen. It already has these little adjustable things on each, but that will constantly have to be toyed with ya know? Id like something that you don't have to keep messing with, You put it on and that's it... Or make something lol Anyone have any ideas?

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  • Gk Gk on May 01, 2020

    You could attach a door stopper to one of the doors either at the top or bottom of one of the doors. A door stopper is usually used to prevent a door from hitting a wall and it mounted on the wall down near the baseboard trim. I see no reason why you couldn't mount one on the door. You may remember door stoppers as one of those spring like twangy things that kids like to play with! It would stop the doors from hitting each other.

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on May 01, 2020

    I checked the Lowe's website and there are a variety of stoppers that might work for you. Unfortunately, none of them are probably what you're imagining - like a screen door hinge that only allows a door to go so far and then closes it automatically. The ones I found attach either at the hinge or on one of the surfaces and are either stick on or screwed on. We had doors like this once and my dad just took one off the frame and reset it to open the other way. That may be another option. If the basement is finished, you also might consider just taking the door off the hinges and leaving it as a doorway.

  • Mogie Mogie on May 01, 2020

    Why not just change which side the door on the right opens? That way the door would swing up against the wall and not the other door.

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    • Mogie Mogie on May 06, 2020

      A barn door should fix the problem assuming you have room for that option.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 01, 2020

    Just change the way the doors are hung, both knobs in the center, close to the corner.

    • William William on May 03, 2020

      That wouldn't work cuz you'd have to step back while opening the door and twist around

  • Deb K Deb K on May 01, 2020

    Hi Tommy Missus, I have almost the same type of problem, I was thinking of putting a sliding barn style door on the interior door at my place, it will slide rather than swing open and closed. Hope this helps you out, I have attached a video diy for you.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FQdTXGQLmY

  • Betsy Betsy on May 01, 2020

    Hi Tommy: Is it possible to change the direction of one on the doors? Like put the hinges on the other side? This sure is a puzzlement :) Good luck

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on May 01, 2020

    Hi Tommy, sorry you are having this problem with your doors. Could you make one into a sliding type barn door or one a bifold door. Hope this helps you

  • can you try switching the hinge to the other side of the door on one of them so that it swings the other way?

  • Flipturn Flipturn on May 03, 2020

    Barn doors require a wide headroom width to accommodate the hardware. There does not seem to be adequate width for either of the doors posted in the original question to allow for this style.

  • Gosh it sucks when someone plans poorly, right? If you can rehang one or both doors to open another direction, that will solve it. Otherwise ask in the door department at your local home improvement store about hardware that may help.

    • William William on May 03, 2020

      That wouldn't work cuz you'd have to step back while opening the door and twist around

  • Sue Sue on May 05, 2020

    Do you have space for one of the doors to be replaced with a pocket door? Pocket doors slide open---but you need unobstructed wall space (no wiring or plumbing) to make the pocket inside the wall.