shims on interior doors

elizawhyzaJuly 5, 2012

What is considered typical when installing doors? Do you shim on both sides, or just where the hinges are? What is considered desirable?

What do shims add to the party, in your opinion?


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Framing is rarely square, plumb, and straight enough for doors.

I always start on the hinge side of the jamb.

It needs to be tight on the stud at every hinge location, by luck or shim.

Make sure you use shims in pairs from opposite sides to keep the jamb square in every direction.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 11:15AM
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Ideally, you shim behind each hinge (usually three nowadays) and three places on the latch side.
Occasionally due to having to hold a jamb tight to one side or the other, you may end up using fewer shims on a side.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 8:32PM
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Thank you all for sharing your thoughts. On almost all of our doors, there are only shims on the hinge side. The trim is not on yet, so I guess I need to decide if it is worth going after with our contractor.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 7:29PM
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