Temporary Door Control
Use this simple trick to hold doors closed during construction before installing locksets.
These simple-to-make stops allow us to install doors without locksets and tape drywall without an open door in the way. Open the door to 45°, and mark a point about an inch or two in from the door frame and a foot or so out from the door to locate a pivot screw. Arrange a 2×4 with a piece of 1x scrap below, and fasten to the subfloor with the screw as shown in the drawing. Place another 2×4 scrap at the end, perpendicular to the pivot—this piece drops into place so the door can be held closed and opened easily without being scratched.
—Jarrett Kravitz, Clinton, Conn.
Edited and Illustrated by Charles Miller
From Fine Homebuilding #297