How To Install The Most Common Types Of Doorstops

A doorstop can help protect a wall, but it can also do more! Find out the common types and how to install them with these tips and instructions.

When you think about the purpose of a doorstop, you probably only think about protecting the walls behind the doors in your house. But, if you have small children, doorstops can also help to protect their little fingers and hands from getting pinched or caught between a door and a wall. Doorstops, (or door bumpers, as they are also called), can also offer a helping hand around your house. When you're moving a piece of heavy furniture, for example, and you need an interior door held open and out of the way, a doorstop can do that for you too!

All doorstops perform the same basic function in that they stop an interior door from hitting the wall behind it. But, if you visit your local hardware store, you'll see many styles and types of doorstops. The main difference, besides the looks, is in the way a doorstop is installed. Therefore, you'll need to decide what type is right for your home. There are three most common types, though, that you can choose from.

The most basic type of a doorstop is a straight metal post that has a rubber cap on its end. On the bottom end, is a thin threaded screw. Since the screw is thin, it's best turned into a piece of wood or other hard material. It won't hold well in a plastered wall.

As with all products, you should follow the manufacturer's instructions in order to achieve the best results. Basically, though, you'll first need to decide where you want the doorstop to be located on the baseboard behind the door. If you place it too far back, it will miss the door, and it won't provide any protection to the wall. The best location is about two to three inches from the edge of the door. To make sure the location is suitable, hold the doorstop on the spot you plan to install it on. Then, swing the door back and make sure the doorstop does its job well. Finally, all you need to do is to screw it into place securely.

A second type of doorstop is mounted to the floor, directly behind the door. There are many different styles, but an easy one to install is almost round in shape. It's usually made of metal with a flat rubber stop for the door to rest against. You'll need to position this floor mounted doorstop. Then, use a screwdriver and the included screws to secure it into place.

There is also a floor mounted style that resembles the most basic type. Except that the metal post is bent over in an "L" shape. Once it's installed by screwing its base into the floor, it looks like an upside down "L". The bottom part of the letter serves as the doorstop.

A third type of doorstop is one that should be used when two doors come together. It's a hinged device that has not one, but two rubber caps. This doorstop is mounted on a hinge of the door. Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions for the specific installation guide. It stops the doors from hitting the walls, plus, it prevents each door from hitting the other one.

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