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    Ideas for propping car door open?

    I wasn't sure where to post this but, does anyone have a solution for keeping a car door open when parked uphill?

    When I'm trying to transfer in or out the darn door keeps closing on me and I am wondering if I can use a wedge of wood or something to put inbetween the door and car to prop it open.

    Has anyone figured this out? I live where there are lot's of hills and the door closing on me is a real problem.

    Help please :-)

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    If you use a wooden wedge, best to put a piece of rubber on it so it doesn't slip. An old inner-tube would do.

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    I've got lot's of innertube around, thanks for the tip, I wouldn't have thought of that. I wonder about the wedge though, how large I should make it or if I should put some grooves in it. K.I.S.S., a big wedge with innertube on either side, that might do it. How do I attach the innertube to the wood, rubber cement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grommet View Post
    I wasn't sure where to post this but, does anyone have a solution for keeping a car door open when parked uphill?

    When I'm trying to transfer in or out the darn door keeps closing on me and I am wondering if I can use a wedge of wood or something to put inbetween the door and car to prop it open.

    Has anyone figured this out? I live where there are lot's of hills and the door closing on me is a real problem.

    Help please :-)
    This is very much like living where there is excessive wind (if you're in SF you might have both issues). I always have my chair ready to throw down as soon as I open my door and then it usually holds the door open. Of course, the inside of my door is shredded but what can you do. I also keep a 4ft bamboo rod (light and strong) in my car and use it as a reacher and prop for everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patton57 View Post
    This is very much like living where there is excessive wind (if you're in SF you might have both issues). I always have my chair ready to throw down as soon as I open my door and then it usually holds the door open. Of course, the inside of my door is shredded but what can you do. I also keep a 4ft bamboo rod (light and strong) in my car and use it as a reacher and prop for everything.
    I am in SF. If use my chair to prop the door open I can't lift the chair to put the wheels on or take them off, as soon as I move the chair in comes the door. On the hills it's really tough. I have been thinking that if I can just figure out a wedge that will hold, I can just jam it in between the door and car and I'm all set. I want to try Scott's idea. I would prefer if I could find something already made, like something I could find at a Lowes. I'm sure there's a simple solution I just haven't figured out.
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    Rubber cement would work, but a few small brads (tiny nails) or even thumb-tacks to keep the rubber from peeling off. As for size, if you wedge it near the door hinge, take a 2x4 and cut a triangle shaped piece maybe 6-8 inches long. If that fails, try a bigger/smaller piece.

    Actually, stores sell rubber door stop (home doors) wedges, but I'm not sure if it would be big enough. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott C4/5 View Post
    Rubber cement would work, but a few small brads (tiny nails) or even thumb-tacks to keep the rubber from peeling off. As for size, if you wedge it near the door hinge, take a 2x4 and cut a triangle shaped piece maybe 6-8 inches long. If that fails, try a bigger/smaller piece.

    Actually, stores sell rubber door stop (home doors) wedges, but I'm not sure if it would be big enough. Good luck.
    That's what I was thinking about regular door wedges. I'm gonna try your idea. I don't have a piece of 2x4 around but I do have a 4x4 and it might work better because it's a large space to fill when the door is all the way open.

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    I was gonna say 4x4 but didn't think you'd have one around, thinking a 2x4 would be more readily available. lol

    Good luck.

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    Well, those suggestions seem better than what I do. I wedge my left foot in the door (the weight of the door keeps it there) then transfer to my chair, open the door a bit and take my foot out. Its worked fine for five years...but I am not sure I would recommend it to others
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    Quote Originally Posted by aidan416 View Post
    Well, those suggestions seem better than what I do. I wedge my left foot in the door (the weight of the door keeps it there) then transfer to my chair, open the door a bit and take my foot out. Its worked fine for five years...but I am not sure I would recommend it to others
    :-)

    I took a piece of 4x4 and cut a wedge, covered both sides with two layers of innertube held with rubber cement and brass tacks. I tried it and if I wedge it right it works but I need to cut a couple inches off the point so I can get it further in. I'm sure there's something off the shelf in a hardware store that would do that job but I haven't figured it out yet.

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