I have a hollow-core metal door out to my car port, and it gets a lot of traffic. I'd like to add a kick-down door stop to the door. I think one option is to drill pilot holes and use self-tapping screws to secure the stop to the front part of the door. But I'm worried that this will bend the door's sheet metal. Should I instead drill all the way through the door and bolt the door stop to a plate on the other side? If so, is there any way to make that look nice?

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    You're going to install it close to the corner of the door right? You should have more strength there.
    – JPhi1618
    Jul 15, 2019 at 18:11

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If you make the plate with spacers combined with internal threads you should be able to arrange that the screws cause a clamping on one surface and just a bit of compression on the whole thickness.

  • What's a spacer?
    – Alex
    Jan 2, 2020 at 4:37
  • @Alex think of a washer but thicker as necessary.
    – Solar Mike
    Jan 2, 2020 at 8:02

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