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Old 04-29-00, 09:06 AM
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The doors in my house are shifing in their frames. The crack between the top of the door(the side opposite the hinge things) and the frame is smaller at the top and much wider at the bottom. We don't like little eyes peaking in at us and sometimes the door doesn't completely lock.

What can we do to fix this?
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Old 04-30-00, 08:15 AM
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Is this happening to more than one door? Are they all on the same side of the house? If your answers are yes, you need to have your foundation repaired. It is shifting.

If this is happening to a few doors randomly around the house, it is possible that they were installed without shims. You'll need to remove the casing (trim) and shim where it needs it most.

Make sure that the hinge side is plumb. If not, you'll have to fix it first.

Always use shims 2 at a time in reverse directions. Drive a 6d finish nail through the jamb and the shims.

There is no magic spacing for the gap between your door and the jamb. It does need to be uniform though. 1/8" is a good eyeball. Replace the casing and move on to the next door.

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