Sunday, March 27, 2011

How to Use Door Stop and What are They For

This is the door spring back plate with a Phillip screw
Fig.1 Back plate
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Metal door kit
Back plate
Brass screw
Door spring with rubber cap

This post shows the four steps to install a simple spring door stop on a wall.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows all the parts to a wall door spring.

  • The round piece is the back plate which has a hole at the bottom.
  • The brass screw holds the back plate to the wall, or baseboard.
  • The spring wire is the actual door spring with a rubber tip.

Step 2: Fig.2 shows the back plate and the brass screw against the wall. Place the hole at the bottom of the back plate. The spring will need to go into the hole.
Phillip screw hold the back plate on the wall
Fig.2 Screw
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the spring is being turned into the hole.
Thread the spring into the door back plate
Fig.3 Tuning
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the spring completely against the wall ready for use.
The door spring needs to be tight
Fig.4 Spring
Step 5: Door stops have been used since homes have needed doors for protection and privacy. This post provides information and pictures showing the different choices available to the homeowner.  


Fig.5 shows a stubby spring doorstop.

This spring is small for tight spaces
Fig.5 Stubby
Step 6: The main use of the door stop is to stop the door from damaging the walls. Fig.6 shows the door stop is mounted on the door and prevents the wall or cabinet from being damaged.  

Sometimes its better to place the door spring on the door itself
Fig.6 Door mounted
Step 7: Door stops used for homes can be decorative and come in a variety of colors. Fig.7 shows this spring is colored aluminum perfect for the bath.
Door springs come in all colors
Fig.7 Bronze

Step 8: Baseboard door stops are attached to the bottom edge of the baseboard by a metal base with a screw in the bottom of the base, the spring is screwed into the baseboard to give the spring a firm foundation.

When there is no choice use the baseboard to install the door spring
Fig.8 Baseboard stop
Step 9: Floor door stops are attached to the floor and have a rubber base, usually used on heavier doors. Some of these are seen in business offices.
Step 10: Fig.9 and fig.10 shows a wall-mounted door stops are installed on walls and stop the door at the door knob. Fig. 11 and fig.12 shows circular wall mounted shield to prevent the door handle from damaging the wall.
Step 11: Hinge pin door stops stop the door out of the way on the hinge. The stop is usually mounted on the top hinge, and this combination stops the door from hitting the wall. The problem with this stop is it can pull the hinge out and damage the door.
Business doors are heavier so use the Rubber shield
Fig.9 Commercial
This shield prevent damage to the wall and the door
Fig.10 Wall mounted
Door plate is used for door knob damage, this shield prevents this
Fig.11 Package
The wall shield comes in different sizes and colors
Fig.12 Mounted shield


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