how to install hinge pin door stop

Person hammering in a hinge pin door stop to the top of a door
Tools Needed
1 Flathead Screwdriver
2 Phillipshead Screwdriver
3 Hammer
4 Door Stop Kit
Materials Needed
1 Safety Glasses
2 Ladder
3 Safety Spotter
4 Pliers
Total Cost
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Estimated Time
30-45 Minutes
Skill Level: Beginner
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Project Overview

No one wants holes or nicks their walls. We all want the cleanest looking walls we can, but everyone has had a door open too far and too hard. This often results in damage, and it obviously is not possible to patch and paint every time this happens. The easiest and most efficient option is to install a door stop. If you have lightweight interior doors, the perfect solution is a pin door stop. You would probably need a fixed post stop for any heavier doors, as the pin door stops are intended for only lightweight doors. However, if this is an option for you, they are very simple and inexpensive to install, and they are available at most hardware stores as well as online.

Step-By-Step Instructions


Remove the Hinge Pin

The first thing you will need to do is pull the hinge pin from the hinge. To remove the hinge pin, just take a flathead screwdriver and place the tip of the screwdriver below the pin head on the top hinge. Then, use the screwdriver to pry the pin upward and remove it from the hinge. If you find it difficult to get the screwdriver beneath the pin head, just lightly tap the end of the screwdriver with the hammer. You can also use the hammer to tap the screwdriver for leverage to carefully tap the pin upward. If you continue to struggle, you can place a nail into the bottom of the hinge, so that the nail is against the hinge pin, and tap it upward with the hammer. Continue to lightly tap the nail upward against the hinge pin until it pops out of the hinge.


Clean the Hinge Pin

side view of the hinge pin

Since your hinge pin is already out, now would be a great time to clean it. There are a number of ways to do this from sandpaper to steel wool. Just take the time to remove as much grime as possible from the pin, and even the hinge itself, so that your hinges can last as long as possible. Plus, there’s no way it can hurt to make the extra effort. This also would not be a bad time to lubricate the hinge with aerosol lubricant or petroleum jelly.


Insert the Hinge Pin into the Stopper

hinge pin stopper

You can purchase a pin door stop at most hardware stores or online, and they are very inexpensive. Most of them only cost around $3. Once you have purchased and opened your hinge pin door stop kit, you will see that it has a hole where you should insert the hinge pin. The hinge pin is what will hold the stop in place once you have installed it onto the door. Also, attached to the hinge pin door stop there will be a screw, for adjustment, with a rubber stop on the end. This rubber stop will minimize damage to your trim, because the stop works by pushing against your door and its trim, causing a lot of rubbing and wear. Now, insert the hinge pin into the door stop’s opening intended for the pin. Make sure that the rubber stop is facing toward the wall to protect your trim.


Reinsert Pin with Stopper

person putting the pin back into the hinge

It is finally time to reinsert your pin into the hinge with your new stopper attached. To do this, place the hinge pin back into the top of the hinge. Now, just tap it back down into position. Make sure the pin is inserted tightly and securely to ensure that your door stop functions efficiently. If the stop is loose, it will not only be ineffective, but it might also cause more damage to your trim.

When you look at the rubber bumper on your new door stop, you will see a threaded screw attached. Turn this by hand to adjust the distance the door is able to open. Before leaving the project, ensure that the adjustments are good and your newly installed pin door stop is working correctly.


Whether we are in a hurry or just stressed out, it can be easy to be overzealous and open a lightweight door too quickly, which can often cause wall damage. No one wants wall damage, but sometimes it can be difficult to talk ourselves into finding the time to make small repairs. However, this little problem can be remedied quickly, cheaply, and effectively by taking just a few minutes to install a hinge pin door stop. It does not take much time at all, and it is a far easier fix than patching a wall and painting over and over again. If your door is lightweight and you have a problem with it damaging your walls, a hinge pin door stop could be your perfect solution.

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