Bumper News, Reviews, and "Off the Record"
Looks like there are some people that are having issues with their Browning Maxus shotgun. The factory seems to be shipping the forends a little lose. What some have suggested is using cabinet bumpers to stabilize the forend of the shotgun to minimize (or eliminate movement).
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Cabinet bumpers hold drawers and doors slightly off the face frame. This is necessary for even spacing on most hinges. European hinges make a slight spacing (about 1/8") from the face frame to the door, therefore a bumper of approximately 1/8" will keep spacing even all the way around the door. If you have a hinge that flush mounts with the face frame, a thin bumper will suffice.
Normally with inset doors, the cabinet door sets back all the way into the face frame. The face frame is normally installed directly onto the plywood case, and therefore there isn't any type of stop on the door. All hinges need stops, otherwise cabinet door hinges will get broken, and the cabinet is going to make a lot of noise when the door closes if you don't install bumpers to keep it from being wood-on-wood contact. What we normally recommend is to install a back stop onto the back of the face frame that extends out about 1/2 inch. On this back stop we recommend putting a small diameter thin bumper on this stop, (take a look at the WS-34SD, which is available in clear finish). The diameter is 3/8 inch and it is about 1/8 of an inch thick and works perfect for this application.
There are several choices out there for cabinet bumpers, foam, poron, felt, polyurethane (rubber), etc. But most installers that actually install cabinets choose the clear 'rubber' bumper pads for several reasons. One, they work as intended, they silence the cabinet tremendously compared to just a wood-on-wood strike. Two, they are resilient, they don't deform over time. In fact, they will outlast the cabinet. Three, they don't mark or stain.
In addition to these mentioned qualities, they can also be molded to many shapes that improve the use over other materials. Foam, felt are just flat, and that's all they will ever be, but polyurethane can be molded into shapes that deflect, distort, and bend sound waves to minimize noise.
I'm from the south, in a rural environment, where most people own a house that sits in the middle of a piece of property. But I've come to know customers that live in apartments with thin walls, and floors where their neighbor can hear everything they do, especially hear wood on wood collisions (ie. doors and drawers slamming). One of the best and quickest fixes for helping to mute this noise is to install kitchen and bath cabinet bumpers. These are little "feet" that stick to the back of a door or drawer and provide a soft noise-reducing material instead of wood. This helps mimimize or mutes the sound from your cabinet doors and drawers and can help keep neighbors happy in a less forgiving environment =-).
Well, nowadays, there are soft close cabinet hinges that help minimize the noise that is made when a cabinet door is closed and I have found that they work very well. They allow the door to close slowly by using a hydraulic ram that is in the hinge arm. This ram is active just before the door closes and gently lets the door move to the closed position without slamming so hard.
BUT, any time there is wood to wood contact, there will be noise, NO HINGE can eliminate the need for cabinet bumpers. Bumpers should be installed on the back of the door to provide a soft material for the wood to contact, therefore minimizing noise.
There are no substitutes for bumpers, they are must haves for kitchen, bathroom, and household cabinets.
I found this article in Popular Mechanics from 1971!
Back in the old days, the only thing that people used ... if anything ... was probably cork for their cabinet bumpers. These things were horrible (can you believe they are still used). It only took a few years to deteriorate, compress, or just fall apart, especially if you were in a high humidity environment. Cork is just not suited to be used in this application.
Popular mechanics came to the rescue to this reader though, suggesting that he find a sheet of cork and cut circles out of it and cement them to his cabinet doors. Popular Mechanics is a great magazine, but this just isn't a good idea ... Well, maybe for 1971 it was, but not today.
Nowadays, there are specially designed polymers and bumper designs to not only withstand over 100,000 cycles, but even capture sound from when the door closes!
I just love digging up old news.
The WS-58 is one of the few bumpers on the market today that is designed specifically to be used on household wood cabinets. There are a few features that make this bumper special compared to other multi-use bumpers. For one, the WS-58 is designed using soft durometer material. This means that the polyurethane is softer than normal polyurethane and therefore dampens the amount of sound that is created when a door closes. This parallels the difference between dropping a pen on a wooden floor verus dropping it onto a down pillow, it just doesn't make as much noise because the material is softer. In addition to the soft durometer, the WS-58 employs a special anti-wave design that captures the sound that is emitted when the door closes. This acoustic design has been used for centuries in auditoriums to focus or dampen sounds when needed. Only recently has this technology been applied to cabinet bumpers.
These bumpers come standard with a synthetic rubber adhesive that applies to just about any surface that a cabinet can be built out of. They are rated UL94 HBF fire retardance. And are NON-Staining and NON-marring.
Here at AnyBumper.com these bumpers are available in lots of 40 to 40,000+ bumpers. Whether you are looking to just apply them to your cabinets at home, or you are a cabinet shop that plans to install these bumpers on every job, we have the right amount at the right price.
They are available in 1/2" dia x 0.2" thickness.
If you have a light colored wall, it doesn't take much for that picture frame to leave a nasty dark mark on your wall. This happens when the edges of the frame rub the wall and scuffs some of it's color onto the wall. This can be relieved by putting bumpers in on the corners of the frame. We have non-marring, non-staining bumpers that virtually eliminate the possibility of a picture frame marking the wall.
When using any kind of bumper, there will be a slight or "more-than-slight" gap between the face frame and the door on the hinge side, but the other edge of the door will touch the face frame. Some people notice that this is unsightly. Although you can't do anything about the gap on the hinge side, you can even the gap on the pull side. Yes, this is yet another use for cabinet bumpers! If you find the right thickness cabinet bumper (or something close) that matches the gap on the hinge side, it even up the spacing and make the gap spacing look better.
If you've dented your wall with a door handle, you might consider installing an on-the-wall door stop. Wall Door Stop. These are great for homes, medical facilities, and mobile trailer homes. These door stops have a self adhesive and just stick to the wall. They provide excellent protection for walls that are hit constantly by door knobs.
We don't keep the iPhone 4 bumpers. That's about the only bumper we don't have ANY interest in selling.
Well, bumpers are used for all kinds of things, but one thing they are especially useful for are laptop feet. Why you ask? VENTILATION. Typically, some sort of air is drawn up from the bottom of the laptop, and it can do it very well if it's sitting directly on the surface, that's one of the main reasons why laptops come with bumper feet, to elevate the laptop enough to provide proper ventilation. Bumpers placed on the bottom of the laptop raise the vents off of the surface enough so air can be drawn from underneath the computer and into the vent.
You might not think, but bumpers placed in the proper area can provide adequate ventilation for electronic equipment when coupled with a fan or other air moving device. Most people think of cutting an obtrusive hole in an electronic device's cabinet. But we've found something that works better than that. In MOST cases a concealed hole cut in the bottom of the cabinet and bumpers placed on the bottom of the cabinet can provide proper inlet for ventilation fans. Bumpers placed on the bottom of the cabinet raise the cabinet off of the surface just enough to provide good air flow to the ventilation hole. That slight elevation will provide enough area for air to flow freely to the electronic device.
If you have an application for a bumper, standoff, foot, whatever you want to call it, we want to hear from you! We would be delighted to exchange ideas with you! We wil understand if you only need four bumpers, and we'll be glad to send them to you at a reasonable price. We deal in small to large quantities and treat most (lol) customers the same!
Email us if you don't see the quantity you need.
Blum Compact 33 Hinges require approximately 3/16" thick bumpers to keep a proper reveal all the way around the door. These hinges aren't really adjustable, so the best thing to do is get the proper bumper with the proper thickness.
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