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Topic by bhack posted 03-15-2012 10:42 PM 3543 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bhack

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03-15-2012 10:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question doors refurbishing

I have two doors with problems. One will not stay open (swings to the closed position very slowly) and the other door will not stay closed it latch is not engaged (swings open ever so slowly).

I think the hinges need to have shims put in them. If I am correct what do I use for shims. I do not think the shim will need to be very thick.

I have been on LumberJocks for almost 4 years but I need to visit this site more often.

-- If I knew Grandkids were so great I would have had them first.Bill, New Bloomfield, Missouri



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Grandpa

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03-16-2012 01:10 AM

Use playing cards for shims.There are other materials that are sold for this but cards will work fine and they don’t compress with age.

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bhack

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03-16-2012 01:18 AM

Thanks Grandpa, now this may sound stupid but should I shim on the jam side or the door side.

By the way I am a Grandpa also ( 3 times going on 4 in July).

-- If I knew Grandkids were so great I would have had them first.Bill, New Bloomfield, Missouri

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Grandpa

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03-17-2012 02:11 AM

I like to shim on the jam side of the hinge. I have 7 with 5 living. I love all of them and they are all special. just a delight every day. Thanks for sharing.

BTW I like to make the shims and punch the hole with a paper punch. Then I cut the hole into a slot with scissors and you can loosen the hinge and slide the shims into place without removing the door.

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bblogna

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03-19-2012 01:04 AM

An easy fix would be to bend the hinge pins. Remove the top one and set it on something hard (concrete) and hit it with a hammer it will bend it. It will look kind of like your finger just a slight bend. Put it back in and see if the door stops swinging. If not,remove it and bend it some more, or just remove the other pins and bend them. Its best to only remove one pin at a time

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dbray45

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02-18-2015 03:17 PM

Please do not bend the hinge pins -

This is far too common with the way people are building things of late -

If shimming does not work, put a level on the frame with the hinges and see which direction is wrong. What I had to do in my house was actually fairly simple but sounds hard to do. Remove the moldings around the door – I was replacing them anyway. Remove the door by pulling the hinge pins. I used a reciprocating saw and cut the nails holding the frame in place. Using a level, I re-shimmed the frame to be correct and renailed the frame – through the new shims. Once the door is hanging correctly, do the latch side of the door – never nail the top frame.

Replace the moldings.

-- Love woodworking and fixing most anything

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