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Besides closing it very slowly, any good tricks / gadgets that will slow down the door so it doesn't close with a thud?

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They make soft close hinges for cabinets, but I don't think they make these for a large entry doors (yet). –  Tester101 Jul 9 '11 at 16:13
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You could also install from 2-> several dampers like these ones depending how heavy the door is or how well you want to dampen it - for example you have a heavy draft that SLAMS the door shut several will be recomeneded to adsorb the doors speed. These work well if installed fairly well.

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Either into the frame somehow- slighlty countersinking it so it hides nicely, or not- its up to you and your skills. enter image description here

Or just using a provided housing the will mount flush onto the frame of your door in any position that is best for you.

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I found the dampers for cabinet doors, but not for a room door. I am looking for options for the bathroom door / bedroom doors. They make a decent amount of noise while closing manually. –  Toofan Jul 12 '11 at 23:11
    
yea- those are the ones-- just use 3 top - center bottom or something that suits your needs. it would be best to have them inserted in the frame- looks better. –  ppumkin Jul 13 '11 at 7:56
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An other couple of possible hardware solutions to look into (exact size & weight of the door will determine if they are appropriate or not)...

Cheaper end of the market, Chain Spring Door Closer:

Chain Spring Door Closer

High end of the market, Concealed (Automatic) Door Closer:

Concealed (Automatic) Door Closer

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There are a few things you can do:

  • Check the hinges and use a level to see that the door is square. A heavy door hung incorrectly can slam heavily. Check this guide at national contractors for how to level a door. Some tips from it: check that the hinges are tight, not too heavily greased, and the same distance from the frame.

  • Install a closer arm (can be expensive)

Door closer

  • If the door isn't closing too hard, but makes a fair amount of noise, try putting some small felt pads on the inside of the jamb to soften the closure.

Felt pads

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