Hinge Pin Door Stop: When Wallstops Fail

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There are several reasons to use a hinge pin door stop. Baseboard door stops can be inadequate for larger doors, and some people find them unsightly.

A hinge pin offers an elegant replacement option to baseboard stops. Hinge pin stops are elevated off the ground, so they are less likely to be handled by children. They can also be purchased in a variety of finishes, to complement nearby décor.

Choose the Door Stop

The basic design of a hinge pin door stop varies little between manufacturers. The most important thing you’ll be looking for is a finish you like. Be sure to get a doorstop that matches your existing hardware, so the doorstop won't draw unwanted attention.

The weight of the door is another consideration. If you have a lightweight door, any stop will be adequate. If the door is on the heavier side, you'll need an accordingly heavier-weight hinge stop.

Step 2 - Remove the Hinge Pin

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Although many hinge pin instructions say to remove the door at its hinges, this is not usually strictly necessary.

Close the door on which you are installing the doorstop. Using a hammer and a screwdriver or small chisel, remove the pin on the upper hinge. Do this by placing the blade of the screwdriver or chisel under the head of the pin and tapping gently on the bottom of the screwdriver or chisel.

You may need the help of another person to steady the door, moving it slightly to remove the hinge pin easily.

Install the Doorstop

Holding the hinge pin in your hand, slide in the doorstop. It should have two rubber-tipped sides. Place the fixed side of the stop toward the door, and the adjustable side toward the wall.

Replace the Hinge Pin

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With the doorstop in place at the top of the hinge, slide the pin back in. As when you removed the pin, it may be necessary to have someone hold the door, wiggling and adjusting it to allow the pin to slide back into the hinge freely.

You’ll often need to tap on the head of the pin to seat it. It will not seat quite as low as it did before you installed the doorstop.

Adjust the Doorstop

After replacing the pin, adjust the back leg of the doorstop, the one facing the wall.

Turn the rubber end of the doorstop until it rests at the appropriate distance from the wall. You’ll need to open and close the door several times to determine exactly where you’d like it to stop.

For heavy doors, you may want to repeat the process and add a hinge pin door stop on the lower hinge as well for added security.