Replacing a Door Ball Stop

Well, the laundry doors at the new condo wouldn’t stay closed. Straight up. After quick investigation, I noticed that the ball stop was missing from both the doors. there was still a brass casing in the door and a housing in the door frame, but no ball. So the door didn’t stay shut.

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    So I went out and bought two more for $12 at Lowe’s. Installation was pretty simple.

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First, pull out the old casing. Then just put the new piece into the pre-drilled hole (if you’re putting in a ball stop for the first time on a door, you may have to drill out your hole first) and screw into place.

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Your old housing should work, but if it doesn’t, simply unscrew those and drill in your new ones.

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Of course, like most home improvement projects, this one just simply couldn’t go right the first time. After easily getting the left door done, I found out the right door was set higher and when I put in the ball stop, it rested too high and the door wasn’t closed. Well, after searching my brain and remembering this post from Young House Love, I decided to shave down the area of the door where the ball stop needed to rest. First, use the drill to drill some shallow holes in a square. Then use the drill to shave out that area.

Shaving a door down - Charleston Crafted

I also used a file on a multi-tool to then more precisely cut away all the extra pieces.

Shaving a door down - Charleston Crafted

Then I was able to get the ball stop in properly.

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TADA! Simple as that. What little projects are you doing around your house?

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