How to hang a door knocker

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How to hang a door knocker
There are many types of door knockers you can use to accent your door. (Poign� ©e de porte en bois dor� ©e ouvrag� ©e. image by Bruno Bernier from

An old-fashioned door knocker can add class and presence to your doorway. A door knocker usually consists of a heavy metal ring, called a clapper, hanging from a decorative metal fixture that is mounted on the door. Guests lift the clapper and bring it down against the door, making a distinctive knocking sound that is hard to miss. It is important to install your door knocker correctly, though, or you may end up damaging your door, which you rely on for security. Installation of a door knocker on a standard wooden entrance door is usually straightforward.

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Things you need

  • Door knocker
  • Pencil
  • Drill and bits
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws

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    Stand in front of your door and determine at what level you would like to hang the door knocker. Place it in the centre of the doorway at about your shoulder level. Do not install it over the glass peephole that allows you to see your visitors from inside before you open the front door.

  2. 2

    Hold the knocker in place over the door and mark the location with light pencil strokes. Mark the locations where you will insert the screws as well. Remove the knocker from the face of the door and ensure you can still clearly see the marks you made.

  3. 3

    Step back and take a good look at the location you chose. Most door knockers require screws to anchor them in place, so ensure you like the location before you begin installing the knocker. If you change your mind about the location halfway through the installation process, you will have unsightly holes to deal with.

  4. 4

    Use the drill and a small bit to make starter holes for the screws, about 1/2 inch deep. Twist the screws into the starter holes about a quarter of an inch and then unscrew them.

  5. 5

    Ask a friend or family member to hold the door knocker in place. Reinsert the screws into the door with the knocker in place. Screw them all the way into the door, alternating between them until both are tight and the door knocker is firmly in place.

Tips and warnings

  • If screws are not supplied with your door knocker, follow the instructions that come with it the size and type of screws you need to complete the job.
  • Some doors are made of a fill material covered by a layer of wood veneer, PVC, fibreglass, aluminium, steel or other material. If you have one of these doors, check with the manufacturer or a retailer for advice on how to best mount a door knocker. You may need to use screw anchors to ensure a tight fitting of the door knocker to the door.
  • Some door knockers include a peephole, usually near the top of the fixture. If this is the case with your door knocker, you will have to drill a hole through the door for the peephole.
  • Some door knockers include a metal plate that is mounted on the door for the knocker to strike against. This should be positioned and screwed in with the same care you take with the knocker.
  • The steps in this article cover installation of a "surface mount" door knocker. Some door knockers are mounted using bolts that go through the door. Hardware used with this type of knocker varies, as do installation procedures, which are more generally more complicated than those for surface mount knockers.

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