How to Install a Magnetic Door Holder

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How to Install a Magnetic Door Holder
Magnetic holders will keep even old doors open or closed. (door image by Charles Taylor from

Magnetic door holders are used to hold cabinet and very light screen doors closed, and stronger ones are used to keep heavier doors open. Installation is very easy and requires only a screwdriver, a pencil and possibly a drill. Most magnetic holders come with screws, and the only thing you need to check is that the screws are shorter than the thickness of the door.

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Things you need

  • Magnetic door holder
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Drill

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  1. 1

    Screw the magnetic part of the holder onto the inside trim of a cabinet or onto the door jamb of a light screen door that you wish to keep closed. The magnet should be flush with the outer edge of the cabinet or jamb. Screw the magnetic part of the holder to the outside of a door near the bottom or outside edge if you wish to use it to keep the door open.

  2. 2

    Put the metal plate onto the magnet, and align it so that it is flush with the magnetic holder on all sides. Close the cabinet or screen door, and mark the position of the plate on the door with a pencil. Open the door, align the plate with the pencil marks on the door and screw it in with a screwdriver. Close the door, and test the holder.

  3. 3

    Open the door fully if the holder is meant to keep the door open. Set the metal ball or plate on the magnet, and align it with a surface to which it can be attached, such as a floor, fence board or wall. Screw it into the surface with the screws provided. Open the door to ensure that the holder works.

Tips and warnings

  • If the wood is very hard, it's a good idea to use a drill to make pilot holes for the screws. Use a drill bit that is quite a bit narrower than the screw.
  • Don't attach floor mount door holders where they will be a tripping hazard.
  • Attach wall mount holders to studs in the wall or to the bottom plate if possible. If you have to use wall anchors, metal molly bolts are preferable to plastic anchors, especially for heavy doors.

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