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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
beware of the weaker magnets...
I purchased 2 of these Stanley magnetic doorstops at the same time, an antique bronze and an antique brass. This bronze arrived 2 days earlier so I installed it on the garage-to-house fire door. The fire door is heavy and is supposed to automatically close upon releasing it.
After installation (round button thing on wall; magnetic rod on door; perfectly aligned), it bothered me a lot that the door would not hold still unless I took some effort to hold it while carefully and lightly touching the button on the wall. Even so, very often it would bounce back. It even made me believe that all these "cheaper" Stanley doorstops (compared to Deltana which costs $28) were supposed to behave like this. I thought I'd just go back to my old way of holding the door. That is, to use a plastic wedge thing underneath the door. For the price, I let it go, until the 2nd doorstop arrived today...
Immediately I took the antique brass rod to place it on the button on the wall. To my surprise, the force was strong. It "flew" out of my hand and went straight to the button. I unscrewed the bronze rod from the door and screwed the brass one in. The test: It required no effort to hold the door this time; open, hit, and stick!
Conclusion: The strengths of these magnets are inconsistent. Had I not ordered 2 units, there would've been no way that I'd find out about this. So if anyone gets a weak unit that does not hold tight, it's not right. Either your unit is not aligned correctly or you've got a bad magnet. As a Prime member, returning/replacing an item is easy. If you are not one, I am sure Amazon will refund/replace it. Well, this is reason enough, just in case you are not aware of it. Bottom line, this is one tiny gadget that's meant to improve our daily life, and we should not even worry about a thing after it's put in use.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Tricky to align but, if properly mounted they work well
Mounting is tricky and proper allignment is cirtical in order to function.. After mounting several I decided that it is best to mount the small piece first. Then attach the big piece to the small piece before closing the door. Once the door is closed one can use a pencil to outline the base of the big piece. The outline then gives a target for mounting the base of the big piece.
Once everything has been mounted it is still possible to align the big piece but the big piece can not be screwed on tighly to do this.
But once mounted properly they work wonderfully. I have mounted 4 in our house and 8 at our church.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. See all 75 customer reviews...
The other reviews are pretty accurate after all...
Purchased this after reading reviews. We used it on our garage door to keep it open toward the garage itself. I even followed other reviews here on how to make this process easier. It was still difficult to line-up the two pieces. The anchoring pieces given to use before the screws were worthless (good thing hubby has extras of other types). The doorstop does an ok job, but is not perfect. Wind has been able to blow the door closed a few times.