It's not just you.
A recent poll shows that the majority of people answering the question hate the sound of a slamming door. Check out the poll on our FB page. (No, it was not our poll.)
Usually, when our minds are hard wired to not like something, there is a reason for it. Most of us naturally avoid spiders, snakes, hot surface, sharp objects and slimy things. We are wired to do this from infancy to protect ourselves.
Slamming doors are no different. Like snakes and spiders, doors serve their purpose but they don't have to slam. Check out our website at www.anti-slammer to find out how to stop your doors from slamming.
Sleep is essential for the well being of every person. If you work nights, sleep can be elusive. If you work nights and have a family that works, it can be nearly impossible.
Imagine this scenario. You arrive home from work at 8:30 am. Your family is at school or work. You have a shower, a bite to eat, check out the latest news and prepare for bed. It's 10:00 and you have 10 hours before you need to be at work again. At 3:00 the first of your children arrive at home. You know this because you heard the front door slam when she entered. At 4:00 the second of your children arrives safely home. You know this because you heard the front door slam. At 4:30, they go to the back yard to play. You know this because you heard the back door slam. At 5:30 your spouse comes home. You know this because you heard the front door slam. At 5:31, the kids come in from the back yard. Yep, the back door slammed again. At 6:30, dinner is ready. You know this because you heard the bathroom door slam as your daughter decided that your son didn't need to wash his hands at the same time she did. You pop out of bed, grab your packed dinner, kiss your wife good night and head to work. You are lucky, you got a solid 5 hours of sleep and only have 2 more nights on this shift before you get to catch up.
Don't let this be your life. SoftSlam can take the slam out of your doors allowing you to get the rest you need to be the best you can. www.anti-slammer.com
The most innocent among us need to be protected from hazards in the environment. You wouldn't have a house without a baby barrier on the stairs or latches on the cupboards. Why would you bring baby home to house where the doors can amputate their fingers with a gentle breeze?
Statistics show that the scenario above is not all that uncommon. Many babies are lucky and keep their fingers. Many are not so lucky.
SoftSlam can take the wham! out of a door. When the door "rests" on the SoftSlam, there is still plenty of room for a small finger to safely linger in the jamb. A larger finger may feel a bit of pressure. A big finger can feel a pinch. Compare that to "a small finger can be severed. A larger finger can be crushed. A big finger can be seriously damaged or broken." I know what I would chose.
SoftSlam - for the baby that you love. www.anti-slammer.com
Doors that slam in the wind or because of drafts in the house can pose an incredible danger to family members and pets in the house. Slamming doors also cause irritation, frustration and damage to the structure they are mounted in.
Many a friend has lost the glass from their door. Found cracks in the door framing. Lost a finger or had their kitten maimed or killed. Doors are dangerous.
The force in a slamming door is enough to break wood, slice carrots, kill small pets, do major damage to hands and fingers. We learn to live with the slamming as there were not many options to stop slamming.
One option is a door closer. Door closers are frequently seen on commercial doors. Without proper maintenance, doors closers can fail. They can be set too firm and cause the door to slam anyway. They prevent doors from being left open to catch a breeze. And, a door closer is designed to close a door. Many times, this means closing even if there is a little hand in the jamb. A descent door closer will cost a few hundred dollars.
A new, better option is the SoftSlam. SoftSlam will take the force out of a slamming door making it close softly or rest on the soft slam not closing until you tell it to.
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It was a still, hot August night. The crickets were chirping but other than that, the night was silent. My a/c was out so the doors were left open in a desperate attempt to catch a breeze through the house. We were sitting at the table with candles lit and a bottle of red wine between us. The conversation had a life of it's own. The words were flowing faster than the wine. The conversation was intriguing. A breeze rushed past the table. The candles flickered. The air felt cold on my sweat soaked skin. The door slammed. The conversation stopped. The mood was broken. The spell ended. "Oh look at the time!" My companion made a hasty retreat and was gone.
It was a still, hot August night. The crickets were chirping but other than that, the night was silent. My a/c was out so the doors were left open in a desperate attempt to catch a breeze through the house. We were sitting at the table with candles lit and a bottle of red wine between us. The conversation had a life of it's own. The words were flowing faster than the wine. The conversation was intriguing. A breeze rushed past the table. The candles flickered. The air felt cold on my sweat soaked skin. The door swung partly closed onto its SoftSlam then slowly opened again. The conversation continued with a new rush of life after the refreshing breeze.
The choice is yours.
Did you know that you have more nerve endings per square inch in your fingers than on any other part of your body?
They are little miracles. You can tell the difference between cotton and silk, hair and fur, warm and cold. You can apply just enough pressure to hold a glass, crush a can, drop a needle.
Each one of those tiny nerve endings sends a signal to your brain giving you information that you need to live.
They can tell you, very pointedly, that your first three fingers are currently stuck in that door that just slammed shut.
We turn our heads off to the consequences of most actions. If we dwell on what could happen every time we got in a car, on an airplane or stepped out our door, we would never leave our houses.
A friend of mine recently texted me that he was mountain biking with his daughter on a popular trail where another friend of mine had an accident that resulted in partial paralysis. I suggested that he be careful out there and then told him the story. "Thanks for putting that damper on my day."
Well, you are welcome. Because the damper on your day may have saved the rest of them by helping you focus on what could happen if you don't take safety seriously.
Okay, so your lose a finger tip. How bad could it be?
How easy is it to prevent? - Ah, now there is a good question. $75, 25 minutes. Is your finger worth more?
See our installation and sales pages for more information.
One of the more exciting activities that we undertake in the course of our day is reaching out for different kinds of testing. We contact labs and outfits that test doors, frequencies, material compatibility and the like. Having an all new to industry, patented technology can get a little hard to explain. There are those days when we hit the nail on the head. One recent conversation went something like this:
Slammer: Hi, I am calling about testing a new door hardware that stops doors from accidentally slamming.
Testing outfit: Really? I didn't know there was such a thing. My daughter lost her finger in the door when is slammed shut in the wind. I can start your tests tomorrow.
I feel bad because we were too late for his daughter. Hopefully, we aren't too late for yours.
Where does the time go?
We have been so busy here at Slammer that I didn't even notice it was August already. Winter is almost over and we finally have time to spend talking to our customers and the community about the hazards and the prevention of those hazards around doors.
In the past few months, we have finally passed testing on New Zealand fire doors for both their 30 minute and 60 minute doors. The testing took forever as the testing authority decided to refurbish their ovens last year and put all testing on hold until that work was completed.
Since that testing went so swimmingly, we are now looking at testing in two more fire doors that are commonly used through out New Zealand and Australia.
At the same time, we are testing for use in Aluminium doors. So far, the results look good. Final results should be ready by the end of the month. The testing requirements are for 100,000 closes. That takes time. Just try counting to 100,000; a task best done while watching water boil.
Have a safe and happy winter.