Can I shim this to fix or

Old 09-26-05, 09:54 AM
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Can I shim this to fix or

Our bathroom door will not stay open without using a door stop. I was thinking about adding a small shim to the bottom hinge. Hoping that would kick it out just enough to stay open? Is this wise? Or will I have to take the entire frame apart and shim from there?

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Old 09-26-05, 10:21 AM
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Putting a shim behind the bottom hinge is not the answer, because that would make the door tighter when the door is closed, and wouldn't help level the door when it is swung open. The reason the door goes closed is because it is not plumb (straight up and down) which is likely due to the entire wall being out of plumb. To correct the door, you'd likely have to take the trim off, cut any nails holding the door jamb, and rehang the door. That often creates another problem, however. If you move the door in on the bottom until it's plumb, it could be sticking in past the wall by a bunch! (which makes it quite difficult to retrim.

So for starters, if you have a level, check the door and determine how much it is out of plumb. If you use a 4' level and the door is 1/4" out of level in 4', then it would be 7/16" out of level in 7'.

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