Manufacturer-Provided Fasteners, Anchors Generally Best for Doors, Hardware

  May 13, 2015

When it comes to getting the most out of your doors and hardware, paying attention to the little things can make a big difference. For example, the fasteners and anchors used for the doors and hardware. Most manufacturers provide the proper fasteners and anchors, but you can also buy non-manufacturer items as well.

While it may sometimes be cheaper to buy off-brand fasteners and anchors, Greg Drake, associate director of education and certification, Door and Hardware Institute, says you need to keep in mind that cutting corners can create problems.

"If you're anchoring into a wall for door stops or magnetic holders, or if you're anchoring into the floor for thresholds, if they're an inexpensive anchor they can move around and cause other damage," Drake says. An anchor that’s not up to the task, he adds, could lead to costly damage of walls or floors.

In addition, a loose anchor puts more strain on other parts of the door, which leads to more maintenance, repair, or replacement. One more thing to keep in mind: Regardless of where your anchors or fasteners come from, make sure the people putting them in or replacing them know what to use for the job.

"I've seen panic hardware installed with drywall screws," Drake says.

Today's tip comes from Casey Laughman.

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