Hi I’m Bob Schmidt with Home Remodel Workshop. So you decided you want a robe hook or something hung on the door, only to go to the door to tap on it. To find out that you have a hollow core door. You know if you just send a little bit of a wood screw in there into that eighth of an inch pressboard, it’s not going to hold very well every time. They make a product specifically for this that’s made to hold up to 40 pounds per anchor into this door. I’ll show what it is, let’s get to work.
And the product I’m taking about is this easy anchor; it’s a metal anchor and specifically designed for the right depth for a hollow core door which is typically inch and 3 eights. What makes this anchor work is A it’s soft drillings. See this two little prongs here that are coming out, they’ll actually cut through your press door or thin wood door and also but the most important part is up here. See how these real wide threads get really tide up here at the head, which is just perfect for synching it down on to a small surface.
What I have here is 1/8 inch pressboard. Pressboard or hardboard is not really known really beard for accepting screws but this is about as close as a typical thickness is to a hardwood doors there can be. Now what you do is with a corded screw gun or cordless screw gun, go ahead and get your hole started. Now at this point is where it gets a little shaky, you can over drill this. You only want to drill it down until it’s fairly close to go on in. Now see all this material that’s being pressed out, at this point I take this back out, I grab my knife and very carefully taking my knife, I shave away all the excess material that’s starts to be pulled out of this hole. Because my when anchor goes down, I want it to be as tight as this door as possible, I don’t want my or accessory or whatever it is I’m putting on this door sticking out away from the door on the finish.
Since this can be over tightened with a corded or power drill, I’d like to take my screw driver at this point and I’ll like run it in with my screwdriver, just gently letting it work its way in there. Now toward the end here it’s going to get a little bit tighter as those threads start tightening up on the finished surface. I’m very careful to stop at the point where I’m just flushed with the finished surface.
This represents the inside your door where you can’t see again using my hand screw driver, I’m going the use the screw that they provided because it’s already made to the proper length so that it doesn’t blow through the other side of the door. I’m going ahead to run it in with my hand screwdriver and at one point what’s going to happen is, this is going to bottom out on that anchor, and it will actually push the end of the anchor free and open that point up so that it will have enough room. I can feel it hitting it now. If you watch, see how it’s pushing that tip of that anchor off, it’ll blow it right off. Sometimes it falls free, sometimes it stays on, and then you just gently tighten this down until you got your bath accessory or robe hook or whatever it is you’re going to hang at this door hung. Now this should hang 40 pounds on it.
I’ve got to admit I’m not a real big guy on hanging things on door. The added weight and stuff can change the way the door operates and stuff. But there are some situations where this can’t be avoided. You know, you got small tight space you have to do it. I can’t tell you how many jobs I’ve went to where they have a robe hook hanging on the back side of the door with just a couple of screws in it, where it’s hanging loose, where the spine threads on those little screws just will not hold in to this thin surface. I generally go ahead and replace them with this and haven’t had a problem with problem with them since.
I’m Bob Schmidt with Home Remodel Workshop. I hope you appreciated this tip and we’ll see you on the next one.