I thought about those. It seems a good idea if I could figure a way to
hold them in place. The little piece of plastic that fastens around a
faucet won't work with a door knob. Or will it? My imagination isn't
what it used to be.
Well, the ones I got have a black plastic coated metal hook curved
about an inch and a half in diameter that does hook better around a
spigot, because my spouts bend down at 45 degrees, and my faucet
handle goes up at 90 degrees. I end up hooking it on the spout.
But the thing is metal and could be bent, or the curve could be opened
up more. So maybe the hook could be big enough to go around the shaft
of the doorknob, and at an angle closer to or at 90 degrees, to go
behind the ball part.
It's held on by a wing nut on the other end of the metal rod, which is
threaded, although I don't know how far down. The nut has to be
backed off an inch or more to give enough slack to remove the thing.
This mean the metal rod sticks out 2 or 3 inches from the styrofoam,
which isn't as neat and tidy as I would want, but I've gotten used to
it, especially at the rear faucet that I never see unless I look for
it. Even at the one I see everytime I come inthe house I don't dwell
on it. ;)
Make a mini-awning for the knob, like the eyeshade on an older traffic
light. For padlocks, farmers often use a flap of innertube, mudflap,
conveyor belt sheeting, or whatever is handy. The bottom 2/3 of a clorox
jug, with a hole in the bottom the right size to capture under the doorknob
plate, would work, but be kinda ugly. May need a weephole in the bottom to
prevent water buildup. Of course, you would always have to look to make sure
a bird or spider hadn't built a home in there before sticking hand in-
probably why traffic light eyeshades have no 'floor'.
The door and frame cost more than the knob. I'd look at putting a 3x4 awning
over the door, and enough concrete or paver blocks in front of it (if
currently dirt), to prevent splashback. Makes getting in the door in winter
or during rain, a lot more pleasant.
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