How many times should you knock when calling at a door? Everyone has their own style of knocking and I wonder if there are any guidelines on what is appropriate or not. When I asked around the Doorsan office, there was a range of styles and we all have a different idea of how many knocks are appropriate. Some people start with a gentle tap progressing to a louder, firmer knock, while others go straight in with a good strong bang.
Personally I would normally do a firm three knocks on a door in most cases, however if it is someone I know well, typically my parents house, then I may tap out a little tune on the door.
One of my colleagues said they do the "shave and a haircut" knock. This was a completely new phrase for me. Having said it and knocked as I said it, I understand the rhythm they mean, but I have never heard this term before. This seems like a formal knock to me, and one I might expect from a policeman or official of some kind.
Knocking on a door is a personal thing, almost like a signature and I suppose you could identify the caller by their knock if you know them well.
I always find it difficult to know at what point I should knock again after the first knock. It is hard to know whether the person inside has heard or not or whether they are not in or choosing not to answer the door. If I am calling at a house with a young child I am very conscious that the child may be just going off to sleep or there could be an all-important nappy change underway so I allow extra time and I am very conscious of my knocking.
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