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Easy Installation Guide

Chinese brass hardware is easy to install. The first thing to get familiar with are commonly used joining pins:


Soft Joining Pins Hard Joining Pins Nailing Pins
Soft Joining Pins Hard Joining Pins Nailing Pins
Made of bendable metal tongs that can be bent and hooked into the opposite side of the wood. Normally used for pulls, handles, and other items where lateral pulling strength is required. Made of thick metal tongs that can be bent but not hooked around the opposite side of the wood. Normally used for bolts and hooks where vertical strength is required. Made of one long, straight metal spear that is nailed into the wood. Like hard joining pins, they are used for bolts and hooks where vertical strength is required.

You'll need a few basic tools:


  • Needle nose pliers (recommended - but any type of pliers will do.)
  • Hammer
  • Drill bit (same width as the pin you're going to install)
  • Power drill
Tools
Soft Joining Pin Thumbnail Installation of Soft Joining Pins

Soft Joining Pins Soft Joining Pins Soft Joining Pins
For this example, we've chosen a classic fish pull to install. Drill a hole the same width as the pin. In this example we're drilling a 1/4" hole for a 1/4" wide pin. Assemble your piece of hardware and insert in the hole.
Soft Joining Pins Soft Joining Pins Soft Joining Pins
Using the needle nose pliers, bend the tip of the pin over so that it's pointing towards the wood. Making sure that the display side of the piece is pulled tight, nail the end of the pin into the wood. Nail the pin flat.
Hard Joining Pins Thumbnail Installation of Hard Joining Pins

Hard Joining Pin Hard Joining Pin Hard Joining Pin
In this example we've chosen a cabinet face plate to install. Drill a hole the same width as the pins. In this example we're drilling a 1/4" hole for a 1/4" pin. Assemble your piece of hardware and insert in the hole.
Hard Joining Pin Hard Joining Pin Note that unlike soft folding pins there's no need to hook the end of the pin into the wood - just nail it flat.
Using the needle nose pliers, spread the pins flat against the wood. Making sure that the display side of the piece is pulled tight, nail the pin flat against the wood.  
Nailing Pin Thumbnail Installation of Nailing Pins

Nailing Pin Nailing Pin
In this example, we've chosen a cabinet strip pull to install. Drill a hole the same width as the pins. In this example we're drilling a 3/16 " hole for a 3/16 " pin. Assemble your piece of hardware. Hammer the nailing pin into the pilot hole. We recommend using a piece of wood as a buffer to avoid damaging the hardware.
Nailing Pin Nailing Pin  
It's usually a good idea to file or clip the end of the nailing pin down if it is protrudes out the opposite side of the wood (this can be done before installation as well). Nailing pins are as strong as very thick nails.