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Pretty good UPDATE: Does not fit with 34.5" doorknobs, new bar taller than old one.
on August 26, 2012
This jammer feels solid. I own one and am about to purchase a second one. Like many people have posted, make sure the spring in the head is completely compressed. This takes an extra "umph" every time you install it. I generally fit the bar in extremely tight but I think I may have rushed a little too much when I went on vacation this week. The dreaded happened... I received a phone call from ADT halfway through my trip that several of the sensors in my house had been set off. The burglars demolished the door that this bar was jamming and were able to enter my house that way. They did minimal damage to the door jamb but splintered my 2" solid wood door to pieces around the handles and locking mechanisms. I noticed the knob was pretty bent up and damaged and at first I wondered why until I realized it was from them kicking the door into the head of this jammer. Any of the other cheap plastic models would have broken instantly but my door jammer is still in perfect condition. I'm giving it 4 stars because of two reasons: the burglars still got into my house, and it should be clearly stated on the bar in big bold letters to fully compress that spring. I know many people have removed the spring which I think is a bad idea. The spring helps keep added pressure between the door and the floor even while someone is kicking it. I feel if the spring was removed and enough jarring was introduced during a break-in that the bar would just fall. Leave the spring in place but ALWAYS wedge the bar in completely. I regret the one time I didn't so much. I was in a rush to get out the house but an extra two seconds could have potentially prevented them from getting in my house.
UPDATE: I just dropped my review from 4 stars to 2 stars. The new Buddybar I just ordered is taller than my previous bar and does not fit under my doorknob properly. The rubber foot no longer sits flat on the ground which makes it easier to kick in. Note that this is a new door I just installed as my old one was destroyed when I was recently burglarized. I tried using my old Buddybar, which is shorter, but even that bar is too tall for a 34.5" doorknob. The description says it fits doorknobs from 34" to 36" from the floor to the middle of the knob. Mine is 34.5" and the bar is too tall. This description is misleading and I will be returning this falsely described item.
(They have also changed the type of material used for the red grip to a rough foam which feels like it will not wear near as well as the material they used to use. Not a deal breaker, but thought I would mention it anyways.)