Forum Title: Something to dampen noise from neighbor's sliding door?
I've had an issue in the apartment I live in for a while. The neighbor below me closes their balcony sliding glass door and it makes a loud thump sound that scares the crap out of me and shakes my floor. Is there some way I can add something to their door track or contact point to either slow down the force or make it sound more muted. I'd rather not have to move but I'm tired of dealing with this. thanks!
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: YVONNE CURTIS (Nashua, NH), 01/06/2019

The plastic trim on the exterior needs to seal to the glass AND seal to the door. This is just a guess, but if someone took the glass and trim off (such as to paint the door at a body shop) the seal between the plastic trim and the door was broken. It would need to be removed again so it could be sealed either with thin 2 faced glazing tape or sealant. You could leave it in place and caulk around the trim but it would probably look bad. The door will dry out so don't worry about that. If my initial guess is wrong, then maybe this is an issue with your air conditioning making the inside cold while the outside it hot and steamy... creating condensation between the door skins.

- THOMAS WILSON (Warwick, RI), 02/15/2019

Welcome to the forums! A felt or rubber bumper would probably help but you can't just go fix the neighbor's door. Pay heed to shorty's post.

- FELIX HIGGINS (Southfield, MI), 02/11/2019

It's a rental. I can get management to install something helpful for me. In the past, they have put bumpers in cabinets next door to dampen cabinet closing. So I'm looking for something to install that either slows down the sliding door speed at the end just before it makes contact, or some kind of cushion thing that absorbs the shock. I've asked the woman below me to close it with less force - she did for two days now it's back to the regular slam.

- DARRYL HALE (Pocatello, ID), 02/17/2019

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