Door Stop


January 20, 2008, 12:30 PM
One is advised to take preventative steps, avoid trouble, evade if trouble shows up to where they are, and if they cannot evade trouble - deal with trouble effectively and efficiently to stop the threat and survive.

Door Stop.

Yes the little wedge one uses on the floor and wedged under the bottom of the door to keep it positioned as they wish.
To keep a door open to allow one to carry items in or out more easily in moving for instance.

Many folks make one with scrap wood , one can buy wooden ones and rubber ones from bigger to smaller.

Two pack of small rubber ones at the Dollar Type store - $1.

Family is out and about, and "daddy, I really really need to go to the bathroooom!"

No Cracker Barrel, or Motel in sight, pull over to the Gas Station-Convenience store and Mom, daughter, use that restroom.
Not very clean, the lock is real cheesy if there is one, so mom or daughter drops a 50 cent door stop onto the floor and kicks it to wedge the door shut.

Prevention, it also also buys time if the shady characters milling around the Beer Box decide to act on impulses.

50 cent door stop kicked loose, left on that dirty , stinky , nasty floor and back on the road again.

Next time you see a Dollar store, in a grocery store, hardware store, pick up a few more to replenish the ones used and left.
These fit in purses, pockets, and ladies are not the only ones that can benefit- dad, son, grandpa can too.

Just one use of a very inexpensive still very effective defense tool.

Door Stop.

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January 20, 2008, 12:33 PM
Excellent idea.

January 20, 2008, 01:54 PM
Another incarnation of the Eternal Wedge -- man's best friend for centuries.

Thanks, Steve.

January 20, 2008, 01:58 PM
In my shaving/misc kit I include something I call a doorstop, that I use for additional security when I'm staying in hotels and motels.

It's an L-shaped steel bracket about an inch wide and .05" thick; the smaller end slips into the latch hole in the door frame and when the door is closed the longer end extends between and past the frame and door and has coarse saw-tooth edges that hold a slip-on spring latch. If you've never seen one of these, just look at the lockable version used to secure the sliding doors of glass showcases in many stores. I've bought a few when I've run across them at convenience stores and given extras to women friends when they're traveling alone.

Another handy item that you can find in the dollar stores is a little sonic alarm that usually comes in sets of six or eight. Smaller than a matchbox, these are battery powered alarms with magnetic switches: pull the magnet away and the piercing alarm goes off. Batteries are included and the alarms as well as the magnets come with double-sided tape to attach them to windows and doors. Your imagination can create plenty of other ways to use them, like using them with fine wires or strings to create a perimeter alarm when camping. And at less than 50 cents a piece they can be considered disposable.

January 20, 2008, 01:59 PM
You've been speaking to my sister, haven't you? She won't let her son use a public toilet without one of these as she's convinced someone is going to steal him. Hardly likely with her standing outside glaring at everyone. Too bad the kid keeps wedging them in so tight he struggles to get them out again.

January 20, 2008, 04:15 PM
These are really great ideas. I'd love to see this thread grow. I'm telling the wife to buy these things when she sees them. I'm not sure though where to find any of those cheapo alarms though. Would definitely be great to take camping for perimieter alarms.

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