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    Automatic Screen Door Closers

    I have three screen doors people keep leaving ajar or just plain open. Asked the missus if she's seen any automatic door closers here in Thailand like at Home Pro etc and she says never heard of them here. Common as dirt in the west so thought to post this question to you construction guru's aboard here. Any y'all seen anything like what's in the pic below?



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    Yep ! and fitted them - couldn't find them here but brought 5 back from Taiwan.
    If all goes to plan will be going there again next month and can get some for you - will know for certain if the contract is confirmed some time next week

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    I have three screen doors people keep leaving ajar or just plain open. Asked the missus if she's seen any automatic door closers here in Thailand like at Home Pro etc and she says never heard of them here. Common as dirt in the west so thought to post this question to you construction guru's aboard here. Any y'all seen anything like what's in the pic below?



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    1-Fishing line,
    2- Some U shaped staples or thumb tacks,or small rollers/fishing rod eyes if you can find them
    3-Heavy fishing sinkers, or a water bottle

    Attach f/line to door half way along the top,then to door frame a same point, then back to the hinge side of door frame & let the weight hang, add weight/water to suit.

    Keep the hinges lubed

    The weight can be put in a vertical conduit (plastic pipe) closed on the bottom & dampened with a plastic washer between 2 nuts on a small bolt, so when it drops it slows near the bottom as the air is forced out.

    If you can only find nails,or thumb tacks, put 2 close together so the f/line is captive & wont jump out.

    Happy new year, Z one

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    Lots of automatic door closers here. Maybe not exactly as your picture but they are here. Have you been to Home Pro?

    I was going to suggest a hammer and a piece of string but got pipped by the more sophisticated water bottle and fishing line.

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    The frame work on Thai screen doors is generally not strong enough to take the pressure a door closer uses.

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    I like the fishing weight idea better. Those little things in the picture tend to run about 600-900 THB in the USA. They are standard on every door here just about, I think that's why I hope my house won't have them when I get there, I wanna use some twine and a lead weight for a change. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    The frame work on Thai screen doors is generally not strong enough to take the pressure a door closer uses.
    I was thinking the same thing. It's usually made out of really light wood with a screen in the middle, or very light-weight aluminum. I guess you could try to make the door heavier by adding extra wood around the frame.. It pisses me off too when the doors are repeatedly left open. Some really big skeeters about these days - the dengue type.
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    ''Big skeeters- the Dengue type''

    Anyone heard of Ross river virus(aust) in Thailand??.. Nasty focker, hangs on for years like Malaria, No cure..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zone View Post
    1-Fishing line,
    2- Some U shaped staples or thumb tacks,or small rollers/fishing rod eyes if you can find them
    3-Heavy fishing sinkers, or a water bottle

    Attach f/line to door half way along the top,then to door frame a same point, then back to the hinge side of door frame & let the weight hang, add weight/water to suit.

    Keep the hinges lubed

    The weight can be put in a vertical conduit (plastic pipe) closed on the bottom & dampened with a plastic washer between 2 nuts on a small bolt, so when it drops it slows near the bottom as the air is forced out.

    If you can only find nails,or thumb tacks, put 2 close together so the f/line is captive & wont jump out.

    Happy new year, Z one
    Functional sure but not much for appearance purposes. the fishing line and water bottle trick is Thai style and we all know how backwards that can be. Spend a few baht and get something to Western standards if the door and frame are able to handle the stress.

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    I had a light spring linked to screw hooks (one in the doorframe and the other into the door). Worked for a while would never actually firmly latch. It needs to actually latch - even just a few centimetres open and the skeeters will fly inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee
    I have three screen doors people keep leaving ajar or just plain open.
    do they have auto closers on screen doors in the west?

    anyway, just bung a handful of mossies, snakes and critters inside next time and maybe that will help them to remember

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    The frame work on Thai screen doors is generally not strong enough to take the pressure a door closer uses.
    The guy who made these doors did a good job. They are stout and can take a pneumatic closer.



    Cheers for all the good suggestions...heh

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    For that you can use ordinary door closers, cost about 1,500baht and available in all hardware stores.

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    Cheers = I might have to travel out of the ban nook. Hardware stores in Samchuk don't seem to have anything I need lately. Was looking for a simple gas fitting for this cooker I brought over w/no luck the other day.

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    Amazon.com: Retractable Screen Door Kit, Euro-Style, 96" Height, White: Home Improvement
    I have a retractable screen door that's lasted for many years. Good for preventing swing conflicts because it recoils (winds up) into a compact housing on one side of the door frame. Mounts outside the door frame.
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