I’ve written specifications for many projects where the architect requested hinge-pin stops – door stops which mount on the hinge pin and are designed to stop the door when it reaches the desired open position.  In theory, these stops are great…no prep is needed in the wall or floor, there is no tripping hazard, and they’re almost invisible compared to the other options.

BUT, I’ve had enough problems over the years that I began fighting hard to avoid using hinge-pin stops except inside of residential dwelling units, and even with dwelling units I only used them when I absolutely had to.

I was recently asked about using hinge-pin stops on a health-care facility, because the hospital prefers hinge-pin stops rather than overhead stops.  While it’s true that overhead stops cost more initially, they are a heavy-duty product that will hold up better over time (IMO).

  • Do you have a strong preference one way or the other – hinge-pin stops or overhead stops?
  • If you do use hinge-pin stops, what are the conditions/locations where you prefer to use them?
  • If you don’t use hinge-pin stops, why not?  Is there any documentation that would help support one type of stop or the other?.


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