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Old 01-25-2012, 06:24 AM
 
Location: NY
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I live in an apartment in Queens and the neighbor annoys me SO MUCH when she/he opens or closes her/his door. They just seem to hit open/close the door which translates into a BIG noise in my apartment. I'm right next door, so we share one wall. This is REALLY annoying to me. I don't know what to do. i've seem people come in and out of that house but not sure who does it. for them, it is a BIG function when they walk out. I'm really tired of this door slamming. No one does it on my floor. and my heart beat increases when this happens!
Can I just tell them? or tell the management may be? I'm not sure what to do.
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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The next time you hear it, go right out in the hall and if they are there, ask them firmly, Is there a reason why you have to slam your door so hard?

or if they go into the apartment, go right out and knock on the door and ask the same thing.

We had this problem also with a tenant and we left big notes on all the hallway floors for people to stop slamming their doors. We finally found out who it was, and when I saw her I asked her, why does your door slam so hard? She told me she can't get the door closed and has been telling the LL for months to have someone to fix it....after a few more weeks the LL must have fixed it and we no longer hear slamming. Because it is annoying...

So our problem was solved, maybe they are having a problem with the door, or maybe not.
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:36 AM
 
Location: North Eastern U.S.
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Yeah, sounds like the door on your neighbors apt doesn't close properly.
Here's an idea; ask your neighbor if they're having problems closing the door because you are having problems with yours as well. That way, you won't come off as rude, and you'll find out whether they have a problem with their door or if they're just inconsiderate.
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:19 AM
 
Location: New York City
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I agree with dapanza 107 completely. Maybe they have complained to the landlord who has done nothing. You won't know the answer until you approach the neighbor.

Do you need a key for your door to lock? Sometimes people slam their doors because when they leave they do not want ot use their key to engage the deadbolt.
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Last aprttment, junky "luxury" constuction, had a couple of slammers on the floor. I could see my PICTURES shake when the doors were slammed 3 apartments away.

The bulk of this problem is induced by the various building codes which mandate spring loaded front doors (a fire thing.) Some landlords play it safe and have them SUPER-SPRING loaded. It the door knob slips from your grip it goes CRASHING shut.
I disabled the spring on my door but the 5 year state inspection which just HAPPENED to be focusing on the door made me enable it again (for a while.) But that did nothing about my door crashing neighbors.

My current door is so tightly wound that if your hand gets in the way of its slammong shut, it can take off fingers. Alas, the spring is so painted over I cannot adjust the tension without jackhammering off 10 coats of paint. I try to be careful and not let it slip away from me. My new neighbors are pretty good about it too.

But I sympathize with the O/P, a crashing door can sound like a frightening howitzer, completely spoiling one's sense of relaxation,
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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yes talk to them in a polite way;
saying 'is there a reason you slamming your door?' will come across as belligerent and even rude.

Follow DaPanza's advice.
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Old 02-03-2012, 02:58 PM
 
Location: NY
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Hello,

Thank You for the ideas.

Yes, this ruins my relaxation and sometime I get a jolt . I did not get a chance to speak with anyone yet but I realied that the family has 2 kids and the older one is the guy who slams the door. The parents and the younger sibling are kind of ok.

I'm going to ask the guy the next time it happens. Surprisingly, it happened only a couple of time after I posted it here It was as though my neighbors heard me
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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When I lived in my apartment building, I put a sign in the hallway "Please be mindful of fellow tenants. Please do not slam your door." Or something like that. There was also a sign similar to that on the emergency staircase door. Turned out it helped. Some people don't realize that they're slamming the door. Since there are other people on your floor, you can be anonymous. Hopefully the door slammers won't be spiteful and slam even harder.
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Old 02-04-2012, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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When I lived in my apartment building, I put a sign in the hallway "Please be mindful of fellow tenants. Please do not slam your door." Or something like that. There was also a sign similar to that on the emergency staircase door. Turned out it helped. Some people don't realize that they're slamming the door. Since there are other people on your floor, you can be anonymous. Hopefully the door slammers won't be spiteful and slam even harder.
My friend moved into an apt building last month and they have a similar sign. The place seems quiet. As a hallway echos and amplifies sound this is good because a slamming door is LOUD esp in larger buildings.

Though I would take this over some of the folks in my building, Esp the gentleman who despite complaints, Likes to throw his trash containing beer bottles out the window into the courtyard. Some people need a private home in the woods with the way they live.
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Old 02-06-2012, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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My friend moved into an apt building last month and they have a similar sign. The place seems quiet. As a hallway echos and amplifies sound this is good because a slamming door is LOUD esp in larger buildings.

Though I would take this over some of the folks in my building, Esp the gentleman who despite complaints, Likes to throw his trash containing beer bottles out the window into the courtyard. Some people need a private home in the woods with the way they live.
Yeah, the doors in our building were heavy and there was no spring on them unless you put on one so when you opened or closed a door, if you didn't hold it, it would just SLAM behind you. And you're right, it does echo and seem amplified. We used to have this one guy who would shove an outdoor trashbag down the chute which was made to accomodate a small garbage bag or they'd leave the bag in the chute closet. I really don't miss apt living. People would let their dog pee in the elevator, kids would drop food/drink and parents wouldn't clean it up. Another person would leave their stack of newspapers that they accumulated for the week in the elevator. As for throwing stuff out the window...yup, we had someone in the attached building that did the same thing. She would throw anything out the window. One day she threw a bucket of hot water. It wasn't easy but they eventually had her evicted. She was a menace to the housing and other tenants.
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