How To Install A Door Stop

Installing that much needed door stop will save you costly repairs in the long run. Which type best suits your needs?

Purpose: To protect the wall behind the door and to prevent damaging it.

Types of Doorstops

1. Solid base- usually brass; comes in different lengths, with rubber tip to prevent marring wall or door. Can be mounted onto door or into the wall. Installation- just screws in once you have determined where you want it placed.

2. Flexible spring base- usually brass; comes in different lengths, with rubber tip to prevent marring wall or door. Can be mounted onto door or into the wall. Installation- This type is also screwed in.



3. Solid one piece- usually white, safety door stop. It does not have a removable rubber tip on the end. This is a good doorstop for households that have small children. It prevents a choking hazard. This type you can mount to the wall or door simply by screwing it in.

4. Hinge pin- usually brass. You remove the hinge pin in your door and insert door stop, then reinsert the hinge pin. This type is easily adjusted to limit door opening. The hinge pin is good to use when it is not appropriate to install a doorstop into the door or wall.

5. Floor mounted- usually brass. It comes in different styles. It also has a rubber tip to protect the door. It is good to use this kind of doorstop in entry ways; front and back door entrances.

6. Circular- usually metal with a protruding rubber ring. It is mounted to the wall behind the door, at the doorknob level; to cushion the blow of the doorknob.

7. Freestanding- usually made out of cast iron. It is decorative and sometimes antique. You place it in front of your door to keep it open or shut. A good place to purchase this type of doorstop would be an antique mall, flea market, or auction.

The most common types of doorstops are the solid and flexible spring. The good thing about doorstops is that they are inexpensibe and they are readily available at most hardware stores or large department stores. If you are not feeling too confident about installing your own doorstops, when you are in the hardware store or the hardware department of a large department store; ask the clerk or salesperson how to install it. Basically, you just screw the end into the wall or door at the most practical place to avoid letting the doorknob hit the wall behind the door.

If you choose not to install the much needed doorstop; it will be much more time consuming to repair the damages caused by the doorknob hitting the wall and possibly over a period of time, making a hole in the wall. So, take the time and invest it into looking at doorstops the next time you are out shopping. Better yet, write it on your shopping list so you will be sure to buy the much needed hardware for your home. By the way, if you rent your home or apartment, you might want to ask your landlord if he/she would mind if you install the much needed doorstops. Hey, who knows...he/she might buy them and install them for you.

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