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How to drill a hook into our wood exterior door without ruining it?

2 months ago
last modified: 2 months ago

I want to put wrought-iron wreath hooks into our wooden front doors, but I'm worried about a few things. First, will the wood split? The hooks we got came with little self-tapping screws (photo below), but my husband is planning to drill a pilot hole first. We're concerned that either the screw or the pilot-hole drilling might split the wood. Is this something we should be concerned about? Are there ways to prevent this?

Second, do we need to do something to protect the rest of the door from the hole/screw situation? I'm worried about finding out a year from now that moisture got in around the screw and now the doors are rotting around the hook area. Is that a thing that happens? Is there some precaution we should take to prevent this?

Third, is rust on the wood something we need to be concerned about? The hooks are powder-coated and have good reviews (got them from Amazon here, photo below), but I don't really know if that's sufficient.


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