There’s something about a creaky old house that makes you feel like there are secrets locked inside its walls. Even if your home doesn’t date back to the colonial era, it still might have some things about it that seem out of place in a modern dwelling. After all, what are the odds that both you and your partner would independently fall in love with the same fixer-upper? You may not know it yet, but those old-fashioned quirks will give you a unique insight into life in another time. Read on to discover how an old trick with new technology can help keep your home safe and secure!
Why Put Foil On A Doorknob?
There are a few reasons why you might want to put foil on a doorknob. One reason is that the foil will reflect heat away from the doorknob, which can help keep your hands from getting too hot if you’re holding the door open. Another reason is that the foil can help block electromagnetic radiation from entering or leaving the room.
Why You Should Put Foil On A Doorknob?
A doorknob can be quite dangerous
Doorknobs are dangerous because they’re not very secure. You could insert a key into a doorknob and turn it, but it would be very tough to turn a doorknob with your hands. Doorknobs have a little lever inside that makes it easy to turn the knob, but it’s also easy for a burglar to use that lever to turn the doorknob from the other side. A burglar might think it’s funny to turn the doorknob in the other direction and open the door from inside the room. Or, a burglar might try to slam the door against you and cause you to fall over. Doorknobs can also be dangerous because they have sharp edges. That makes it easy for a burglar to accidentally slice off his/her own fingers while trying to open your door.
Foil is easy to install
You can use crayon, tin foil, or aluminum foil to put on your doorknob. If you’re using tin foil or aluminum foil, you might want to wrap the doorknob with a piece of cloth first. This will make it easy to slide the foil over the doorknob and it will also keep the sharp edges of the doorknob from cutting you. If you’re using crayon, you don’t need to wrap anything around the doorknob first. Just press the crayon against the doorknob and slide it into place. Your doorknob will now make a scraping sound when someone turns it. This might scare away an intruder, or it might just make your doorknob more embarrassing to use.
The sound of a doorknob scraping against foil might scare an intruder
The noise coming from your doorknob might scare off an intruder. Lots of people don’t know that doorknobs make noise. If the doorknob has never made noise before, it’s possible that the burglar might not notice the noise. But, once the doorknob starts making noise, the burglar might notice. If the burglar doesn’t want anyone to know that he/she is inside your house, he/she might decide to leave. You can use aluminum foil or tin foil to make the doorknob make noise. You might want to wrap the doorknob with a bit of fabric first, so it’s not too loud and annoying.
It’s fairly cheap
You might be worried that adding extra security to your doorknobs will be expensive. But, you can easily put foil on a doorknob for about $0.08 per doorknob. If you have a lot of doorknobs in your house, you can easily spend $0.16 per doorknob. That’s not a lot of money. You might think about ways to add extra security to your house that cost more money: a security system, a dog, or a burglar alarm. But, adding security to your doorknobs is a much cheaper way to protect yourself.
You can use crayon instead of foil on a doorknob
Crayon is a lot cheaper than foil. You might not want to use crayon on your doorknob because it might be too messy. But, you can use crayon to mark your doorknob. You can also use crayon to draw a smiley face on the doorknob. This might make your doorknob less scary, but it might also make it more embarrassing.
There are other ways to make your door more secure, too
You can add a chain to your door so no one can open it. You can also use a padlock to lock the door. You can even add a doorstop so it’s harder to open the door from the outside. If you have an old-fashioned door with a doorknob, you can add more security to your door with a few cheap supplies. If you have a modern door, you can add security to your doorknob, too. You can replace your doorknobs with more secure door handles.
You can put a chain on your door, too
A chain on your door is another way to add security to your house. A chain on your door might cost a bit more than foil on your doorknob, but it might also be more effective. You can add a chain to your door with a few cheap supplies. If you want to add a chain with a padlock, you might need a few more supplies. It’s also easy to take a chain off your door when you’re done with it. You don’t have to worry about your doorknob getting more embarrassing as time passes.
How To Install Foil On A Doorknob
Decide Where to Place Your Foil
When installing foil on a doorknob, you want the foil to be noticeable, but not overbearing. Pick one doorknob to foil and decide where the best place for the foil will be. If you’re going for a more subtle look, you can place the foil horizontally along the shim. If you want the foil to be more noticeable, vertically along the shim (as shown above) will give you a more bold look. You can also choose to install foil on both or neither of the doorknobs. It’s completely up to you and will depend on the look you’re going for.
Mark the Location of Your Holes
Now that you know where your foil will be placed, mark the location of your holes where the screws will be placed. Depending on your door, you may have to place your holes in different locations. You want the shims to overlap the door frame on either side and leave about ½” at the top and bottom of the shim. If you’re installing your foil along the shim, mark two holes at the top and two holes at the bottom of the shim. If you’re installing your foil vertically, mark one hole at the top and bottom of the shim.
Drill Out the Shims and Install Your Shims
Depending on the type of doorknobs you chose, you may need to drill out the shims with a drill. If you’re installing your foil horizontally or vertically along the shim, you’ll want to drill a hole at the top and bottom of the shim. If you’re installing your foil along the shim, you’ll want to drill a hole at the top of the shim and another at the bottom. Install the shims with a hammer. Once you have the shims with the necessary holes in them, install them with a hammer. Make sure the shims overlap the door frame on either side and leave about ½” at the top and bottom of the shim.
Install the Lock and Handle
Before you install the foil, install the lock and handle. You can now easily lift the doorknob and shim up to install the lock and handle. Depending on your doorknobs, you may have to use a screwdriver to install the lock. Open the shim and screw the lock into place with a screwdriver. Now you can lift the doorknob and shim up to install the handle.
Cut and Install the Foil
Depending on the type of doorknobs you chose, now is the time to cut your foil. You’ll want to cut the foil about 1.5” longer than the shim on each side. Install the foil with a hammer. Place the foil on the shim and install it with a hammer. Make sure the foil overlaps the shim on each side by about 1.5”. Be sure to smooth out any wrinkles in the foil along the shim.
Add Magic Foam Strips to Help Secure the Foil
Now that you’ve installed your foil, add magic foam strips to help secure the foil. Foam strips are small, self-adhesive strips that help secure the foil in place. If your foil doesn’t stay in place while you install the remaining hardware, add a few foam strips along the shim to help secure the foil.
Paint the Shims and Door Knob Brass Covers
Now that you’ve finished installing the foil and additional hardware, paint the shims and doorknob covers brass. You can choose to leave the new hardware as is or paint it to match the rest of your home’s hardware. Depending on the type of doorknobs you chose, you may need to remove the doorknob from the shim to paint it.
There’s nothing like the feeling of being home in a newly purchased house. The lights are low, a fire crackles in the fireplace, but as you turn off the lights to go to sleep, there’s a creak, and you know that haunted house feeling all too well. As the brand new homeowners, you might feel alone sometimes, especially when you have no one to turn to for advice. You have to learn how to do things the right way from scratch. Even though you can’t see it, an unbreakable lock can be put on the inside knob of your front door.