Whether you're aiming to enhance your front door's charm or need to swap out a dated and deteriorating item, installingdoor knockers andring pulls can be a simple DIY. In this tutorial on how to install door knockers and ring pulls, we'll guide you step-by-step, providing all the necessary details to ensure a successful and proper installation.
Purpose of Door Knockers and Ring Pulls
Door accessories are a decorative and functional part of your home. A door knocker offers a distinctive means for guests to make their presence known, while a ring pull is a fashionable and practical addition to your door. Selecting the appropriate embellishments can furtherelevate your home's curb appeal, leaving a lasting positive impression on your visitors.
Tools and Materials
- Door knocker or ring pull of your choice
- Screwdriver (Phillips or flat-head, depending on the screws)
- Drill with various bit sizes
- Tape measure
How to Install Door Knockers and Ring Pulls
1. Choose the Right Location
The placement of your door knocker or ring pull is crucial for functionality and aesthetics. A common placement for door knockers is at eye level, around 5-6 feet from the ground.
Make sure to position it centrally on the door and maintain a sufficient distance from the edge to avoid causing any harm to the door.
2. Mark the Drill Holes
After determining the perfect spot, position the door knocker or ring pull against the door where you want it to go. Take a pencil and mark the locations where thescrews will be placed.
Most Wild West Hardware ring pulls and door knockers come with mounting hardware.
3. Pre-drill the Holes
Utilize a drill bit that is just smaller than the screws you intend to use, and create pilot holes at the marked locations. This step is crucial as it prevents the wood from cracking when you drive in the screws.
4. Attach the Door Knocker or Ring Pull
Align the door knocker or ring pull with the pre-drilled holes, and use a screwdriver to secure it in place with the screws. Be careful not to overtighten, as this could strip the holes or damage the door.
5. Make Adjustments if Necessary
Before finalizing the installation, check to make sure that the door knocker or ring pull is level and adjust if necessary. Once everything is aligned properly, tighten the screws securely.
6. Clean and Polish
Wipe down the door knocker or ring pull with a clean cloth to remove fingerprints or debris. If your door knocker or ring pull is made of brass or another tarnishable metal, you may want to polish it with the appropriate cleaner to keep it looking its best.
A touch-up paint kit is helpful for future maintenance on black or matte bronze door accessories.