Hinge Pin Door Stop: When Wallstops Fail Hinge Pin Door Stop: When Wallstops Fail

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

A hinge pin door stop can be purchased in a variety of finishes to complement the décor of the home and room in which you install them. They are off of the ground, so they are less likely to be handled by children as well.

Step One – Choose the Door Stop

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

The weight of different doorstops varies. If you have a lightweight door, any stop will be adequate If the door is on the heavier side, be sure to purchase a heavier weight hinge pin doorstop.

Step Two – Remove the Hinge Pin

Although the instructions may say to remove the door at its hinges, this is not necessary to install a hinge pin door stop.

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

Step Two – Install the Door Stop

Holding the hinge pin in your hand, slide the door stop. There are two rubber tipped sides to a hinge pin door stop. Place the fixed side of the door stop toward the door and the adjustable side toward the wall.

Step Three – Replace the Hinge Pin

With the doorstop in place at the top of the hinge pin, slide the pin back into the hinge. 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 door stop.

Step Four – Adjust the Door Stop


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

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

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