How To Fit A Door Knocker
How To Fit A Door Knocker
Save your visitor's knuckles with a well placed door knocker. Our DIY expert Mickey Puckey will show you how to add this handy finishing touch to your house, teaching you how to fit a door knocker with VideoJug.
Step 1: You will need:
- 1 Door knocker
- some Nuts and bolts
- 1 Battery or power drill kit which includes drill bits
- 1 Junior hacksaw
- 1 Tape measure
- 1 Pencil
- 1 Safety goggles
A door knocker. Choose one that matches your other door fittings.
It should come with nuts and bolts
You'll also need
a battery or power drill kit which includes drill bits like this one
a junior hacksaw,
a tape measure
and some safety goggles
Step 2: Choose a position
First decide where you'd like your door knocker to go.
Using your tape measure and a pencil, find the centre of the door and make a mark. Our door is 76 cm or 30 inches across so our centre point is 38 cm or 15 inches.
Step 3: Measure the door knocker
With your tape measure, find the distance between the bolt holes on the back of your door knocker. In our case it's 4inches or 10cm.
Step 4: Transfer the measurements
Use your pencil and the centre mark to transfer these measurements to the door at your chosen height. This is so that you will know where to make drill holes for the bolts.
Step 5: Select a drill bit
Before you start doing anything with the drill, remember drill safety. Put on your goggles. Make sure all loose items of clothing and hair are tucked away. Clear the area of any potential hazards and find a steady standing position.
Select a drill bit that is the same width as your bolts. Make sure the drill power is set to off before you attach the bit.
Step 6: Get drilling
Find the pencil mark, and start drilling. Make sure you are drilling in a straight line and not at an angle. Keep going until you have gone all the way through the door. Then find the second pencil mark and repeat. Blow out any sawdust.
Step 7: Trim protruding bolts
Attach the bolts and insert the door knocker.
If the bolts protrude too much on the inside of the door, you will need to trim them. Mark the point at which you will need to cut, leaving enough room for the nut. Check the depth of the nuts. In this case it's 5 mm or 1/20 inch, so that's how much space you will be leaving.
Remember that using any saw has its risks. Make sure that you are wearing safety goggles and clear the area of potential hazards. Find a steady standing position and remember to watch your fingers when you do start sawing.
Use the junior hacksaw to trim the bolts
Step 8: Attach the nuts
Once you have done this, screw the nuts onto the back of the bolts, like this.
Step 9: Test
Now you have fitted your knocker, test it a few times to check your handiwork.