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A doorstop (also door stopper, door stop or door wedge) is an object or device used to hold a door open or closed, or to prevent a door from opening too widely. The same word is used to refer to a thin slat built inside a door frame to prevent a door from swinging through when closed. A doorstop (applied) may also be a small bracket or 90-degree piece of metal applied to the frame of a door to stop the door from swinging (bi-directional) and converting that door to a single direction (in-swing push or out-swing pull). The doorstop can be a separate part or integrated with a hinge or door closer. Also called a tanogen. History Formally-produced doorstops trace their history to the 18th century in Europe, becoming widely manufactured in Europe in the early 19th century. By the mid 19th century, manufacturing had primarily moved to the United States. Despite their early manufacturing, credit for the invention of the doorstop is usually granted to Osburn Dorsey, an African American inventor, in 1878. The doorstop was Dorsey's most famous invention and he received a US patent, number 210,764, for the invention. Usage Holding doors open A door may be stopped by a doorstop which is simply a heavy solid object, such as a rubber, placed in the path of the door. These stops are predominantly improvised. Historically, lead bricks have been popular choices when available. However, as the toxic nature of lead has been revealed, this use has been strongly discouraged.Another method is to use a doorstop which is a small wedge of wood, rubber, fabric, plastic, cotton or another material. Manufactured wedges of these materials are commonly available. The wedge is kicked into position and the downward force of the door, now jammed upwards onto the doorstop, provides enough static friction to keep it motionless.A third strategy is to equip the door itself with a stopping mechanism. In this case, a short metal bar capped with rubber, or another high-friction material, is attached to a hinge near the bottom of the door opposite the door hinge and on the side of the door which is in the direction that it closes. When the door is to be kept open, the bar is swung down so that the rubber end touches the floor. In this configuration, further movement of the door towards being closed increases the force on the rubber end, thereby increasing the frictional force which opposes the movement. When the door is to be closed, the stop is released by pushing the door slightly more open, which releases the stop and allows it to be flipped upwards. A newer version of equipping the door with the stopping mechanism is to attach a magnet to the bottom or top of the door on the side which opens outward, which then latches onto another magnet or magnetic material on the wall or a small hub on the floor. The magnet must be strong enough to hold the weight of the door, but weak enough to be easily detached from the wall or hub. Preventing damage by doors Another type of doorstop is used to prevent doors from opening too far and damaging nearby walls. In this case a rubber cylinder or dome—or a rod or block of rubber-tipped metal, wood or plastic—is screwed into the wall, molding or the floor in the path of the door. If it is attached to the wall, it may be either a few inches above the ground, or at such a height as to meet the doorknob. A short, wall-attached doorstop, usually a rubber dome or cylinder, is sometimes called a wall bumper. On occasion, stops are used that are fitted at the midpoint of the door, as part of the central door-hinge. Such stops are known as a "hinge stops" or "hinge pin" doorstops and are often used to prevent damage to baseboard molding. Holding doors closed In his 1906 book The Right Way to Do Wrong, Harry Houdini recommends the use of a doorstop wedge to prevent a door from being pushed open from the outside, to deter burglars at night. Dialect usage In various British English dialects, including those in the south-west, north-east and north-west of England, the word "doorstop" is cognate with "doorstep" in standard English, being derived from door and stoop. References External links Media related to Doorstops at Wikimedia Commons. Discover the Nancy Stopper popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Nancy Stopper books.

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    Built to Last

    Allie Kincaid

    Jake Cooper has built homes for families in Laguna Beach for years, watching others make their dreams come true. Now it’s his turn to settle down, or so he thought. When his longti...

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    Chasing Dreams

    Nancy Stopper

    She thought she’d missed out on her dream… until she discovered a new one. Izzy Harper had it allthe career she’d dreamed of since she was a child and a man who loved her. Life w...

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    Family Ties, Books 1-3

    Nancy Stopper

    A combined volume of the first three books in the Oak Grove series of sexy, contemporary romance. ONE LAST RISK:A guiltdriven firefighter, a widowed mother, neither is ready for lo...

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    One Last Risk

    Nancy Stopper

    A guiltdriven firefighter, a widowed mother, neither is ready for love, but love has other plans. Firefighter Lucas Bennett had the carefree life he’d always wanted until a deadly...

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    Family Ties Books 6-8

    Nancy Stopper

    CHASING DREAMS: Izzy Harper had it allthe career she’d dreamed of since she was a child and a man who loved her. Life was perfect until an injury stole both from her. Shattered, sh...

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    One Last Gift

    Nancy Stopper

    Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but is ten years apart too long to fix their broken hearts? Jack Murphy left Oak Grove behind, along with his childhood sweetheart and the pain...

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    Chasing Trust

    Nancy Stopper

    A smalltown animal rescuer, a globetrotting perfect day on the boardwalk. Will a romance ten years in the making finally bring them together? Serena Harper leads...

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    One Last Objection

    Nancy Stopper

    Can a burntout attorney turn his friendswithbenefits relationship into something more when she finds herself unexpectedly pregnant? Dr. Margaret James is a successful psychologist ...

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    Chasing Hope

    Nancy Stopper

    How far would you go to save your marriage? Once upon a time, Justin Harper dreamed of marrying the girl he loved and having a house full of kids. But that dream died the day he mo...

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    One Last Chance

    Nancy Stopper

    She's escaped an abusive relationship, he's hiding from the horrors that followed him home. Can the two of them find the courage to face their pain, heal, and find love? Rachel Ben...

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    Chasing Strength

    Nancy Stopper

    A woman with a damaged spirit. A man with a wounded heart. Can love help both of them heal? The demons of Alexis Harper's childhood have turned her into the one person she hated an...

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    One Last Dance

    Nancy Stopper

    A sophisticated city girl, a small town guy. Will their differences drive them apart or will they discover that home is where the heart is? When the only girl Joey Bennett ever lov...