how to install a door stop

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Tools Needed
1 Pencil
2 Drill
3 Drill Bits
4 Ruler
5 Measuring Tape
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Materials Needed
1 Ratcheting Wrench
2 Flathead Screwdriver
3 Phillipshead Screwdriver
4 Hammer
5 Safety Glasses
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Total Cost
$10-$25
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Estimated Time
20-30 Minutes
Skill Level: Beginner
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Project Overview

Baseboard Bumper type of doorstop

No one wants damaged walls. If your doors don’t have a doorstop, they can easily scuff the surface, chip the paint, and even punch a hole in nearby walls.

Luckily, installing a doorstop is simple and well within the reach of most homeowners. Once it is in place, you’ll no longer have to worry about people opening the door with some force as it won’t be able to slam against the wall behind.

All you’ll need is a few basic tools and a little time to install a doorstop. Here’s how it’s done.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Choose a Doorstop

magnetic door stop up close showing the door being held open

There are two kinds of doorstops. One attaches to the wall, typically on the baseboard, while the other is added to one of the hinges on your door. Both options are perfectly viable, so which you prefer may depend on aesthetics or whether you have small children or pets at home.

The wall-mounted version that resembles a spring may seem like an attractive toy to kids and animals, like dogs or cats, as the spring-based mechanism can be pulled to the side, allowing it to wiggle back and worth (often accompanied by a twanging sound). However, it may be easier to install. Solid post variants don’t tend to have this issue.

A hinge-based option may be less likely to be treated as a toy but does require some additional effort to install. It may also be less suitable for particularly heavy doors.

2

Prepare The Work Area

brass kick down door stop

Before you install a wall-mounted doorstop, you need to identify the right spot on the wall. Begin by opening the door until it is parallel to the wall. Once the door is in position, use a pencil to mark the spot on the baseboard that lines up with the outer edge of the door. Then, using a ruler or measuring tape to mark a point 1 ½ inches, towards the hinges of the door, from the previous spot.

Make sure not to mark a point that is any closer to the hinges than 1 ½ inches. Otherwise, the doorstop may damage the door if it has a hollow core.

3

Do The Install

nickel hinge pin door stop

After the point is marked, use a 1/8 inch bit and drill a hole into the baseboard where the doorstop will be installed. Often, you don’t need to penetrate more than the thickness of the baseboard, though you can use the length of the screw attached to the end of the doorstop as a point of reference regarding the required depth.

One side of the doorstop should feature a threaded end. Simply screw the post into the hole, by turning it clockwise, you just drilled into the base sits flush against the baseboard.

If you have trouble screwing the doorstop in entirely by hand and are using a post doorstop, you can use a ratcheting wrench to help the process along. Carefully pry the rubber stopper off of the end that impacts the door, and you should reveal an angled surface that can be placed in an appropriately sized ratchet wrench. Turn the doorstop clockwise until flush with the wall, then replace the rubber stopper.

4

Remove the Hinge Pin

black hinge pin door stop

For a hinge-based doorstop, you need the door in the closed position. This provides you with clear access to the hinges. Now that the hinges are accessible, you need to remove the top hinge pin. Begin by using a flathead screwdriver to gently lift the flared top of the pin away from the hinge. Take care not to apply too much pressure, or you may damage the finish or bend a portion of the hinge. Once the hinge pin is removed, set it aside.

A hinge-based doorstop features two rubber feet, but only one is adjustable, often featuring a threaded post that can adjust how far the foot protrudes. Locate the adjustable foot and make sure it points towards the wall surface (the non-adjustable foot will point towards the door). Then, center the open ring over the opening in the hinge.

5

Final Odds and Ends

Once everything is aligned, you can put the hinge pin through the ring on the doorstop and back into the hinge. Begin by inserting it by hand and see if it will go all of the way through.

If you experience resistance, you can use a hammer to tap the hinge back into place gently. Proceed slowly so as not to damage the door or hinge, using a light tapping motion. After the hinge pin is in place, you can adjust the doorstop to set the preferred opening distance. Simply twist the threaded foot by hand, opening and closing the door as necessary to test the distance.

If the foot doesn’t move easily by hand, a screwdriver may be necessary. Just remove the rubber end to expose the notch, rotate the threaded rod as needed, and replace the rubber piece.

Conclusion

After following the above steps, you should have a fully functioning doorstop that will prevent your door from damaging your wall.

Doorstops can be installed on any interior or exterior door, so you can repeat the process until every door in your home is addressed, and all of your walls are suitably protected.

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Questions And Answers

Can you replace the hardware on a garage door?
Yes, you can. However, there are springs that are used in a garage door and you want to be very careful. These springs require the use of a special tool and one little mistake can really injure you. Therefore, if you need to take extreme caution if replacing any hardware.
What are the black decorative pieces I see on some garage doors?
The black decorative pieces that you see on a garage door are a great way to add style to the garage. They create a bit of boldness to the garage door.
How much is a door sweep?
There are door sweeps for different kinds of doors. However, the average cost for a door sweep ranges from around $40 to $80. The price could be lower or higher depending on the size and type you are getting.
Is it hard to install a door sweep on a front door?
This would vary depending on what you get. There are door sweeps that just slide on. You can get snap-in place door sweeps. You can get ones that screw into place as well.
What kind of hardware is available for a barn door?
The main hardware of a barn door is the track and the rollers. You will also have any door hardware that you choose to add. There are many options for hardware, meaning if you are making your own door your options will be nearly limitless.
What kind of hardware is available for a front door?
There are many kinds of hardware available for a front door. You can get the faceplate, hinges, doorknob, deadbolt and various types of locking systems as well.
What is a door sweep?
A door sweep is used at the bottom of your door. It is used to seal any gaps between the threshold and the door. You can save energy with a door sweep and it protects you against insects, moisture, or dust entering your home.
Is it easy to change the hinges on a door?
It is not that difficult to change the hinges of a door. You just need to first unscrew the hinges and take the old ones off. Then, you will hold the new hinges in place and screw those ones in.
Can you buy locks for a garage door?
You most certainly can. There are many types of garage door locks available. Each of them will secure your garage but may do so in a slightly different fashion. Making sure your home is as secure as possible is important and these locks will certainly provide the extra security.
How much is the hardware for an interior door?
The price of the hardware for an interior door varies. Depending on what you need to get, the cost could be as low as around $10 and up to $150.
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