How to Fit a Door Stop

Written by robert russell
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Doorstops protect your walls from doors and doorknobs by preventing the door or doorknob from coming into contact with the wall. Since doors come in different shapes and sizes, doorstops come in a variety of styles as well. Hinge-style doorstops work well with lightweight doors while baseboard-style doorstops are better for heavier doors. Floor style-doorstops are good for very large and heavy doors, and wall-mounted doorstops work well if your floors are too hard to drill through. The procedure for fitting the doorstops is basically the same regardless of the type of stop you use.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Power drill

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    Baseboard Style

  1. 1

    Examine the sweep of the door. Open and close the door a couple of times.

  2. 2

    Mark the spot on the baseboard with a pencil. The baseboard should be 1 1/2 inches from the edge of the door and 1 1/2 inches from the floor.

  3. 3

    Drill an 1/8-inch hole in the baseboard. Install the doorstop on the baseboard.

    Hinge Style

  1. 1

    Remove the top pin from the top hinge. The door should be closed.

  2. 2

    Place the doorstop on the pin at the top. The rubber pads should be sideways so the door hits the pads.

  3. 3

    Replace the pin. Lightly tap the pin in place with a hammer until it is secure.

  4. 4

    Adjust the doorstop. The hinge-style doorstop may be adjusted to the precise point where you wish to stop the door.

    Floor Style

  1. 1

    Locate the appropriate area on the floor. The doorstop should be 1 1/2 inches form the edge of the door and 1 1/2 inches from the wall.

  2. 2

    Drill the holes for the doorstop.

  3. 3

    Install the doorstop. The floor style has a rubber tip. The rubber tip should face toward the door.

    Wall Style

  1. 1

    Locate the spot where the doorknob touches the wall. Mark the spot with a pencil.

  2. 2

    Place the doorstop on the marked spot on the wall. The wall-mounted doorstop is a metal circular ring with a protective rubber ring to cushion the doorknob. Mark the spot for the screws with a pencil. The wall-mounted doorstop will have two or three holes.

  3. 3

    Drill the holes for the doorstop. Screw the doorstop into place.

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