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Pre-hung doors contacts side frame near top of the doors


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06-05-17, 06:39 AM   #1  
Pre-hung doors contacts side frame near top of the doors

Greetings. I have two interior pre-hung doors that contact (rub) the side frames near the top of the door. The doors are molded solid core and have three hinges. The reveal on both sides of the doors is fairly even - just slightly narrower at the top. I was thinking that shims may help, but not sure what type and which hinges to shim. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

 
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06-05-17, 06:45 AM   #2  
Did you just install those doors? It sounds like they aren't plumbed. Door shims are available at any big box store but they go on the outside of the frame not on the hinge. Use the level vertically to plumb the door.

 
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06-05-17, 06:53 AM   #3  
Check the hinge screws to see if there loose.
If not remove the screws in the top hinge to see if one of them is a lot longer, if not take one with you and go buy one the same gauge but at least 2-1/2 long.
Predrill a pilot hole all the way into the rough framing smaller than the dia. of the screw, then drill another hole in the jamb the same size as the screw.
The best way to insert the new screw is with an impact driver.
By doing the predrilling the way I suggested the screw will have more pulling power and less likely to round off the head before it goes all the way in.

 
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06-05-17, 07:32 AM   #4  
I meant to say that too. The screws have to be tight.

 
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06-05-17, 11:30 AM   #5  
Pre-hung doors contact side frame near top of the doors

The doors were hung by two different contractors - one recently. I trust both of the contractors to plumb the doors properly. I know that the door recently hung was tough to plumb due to the not-so-plumb rough framing. By shimming the doors, I meant adding a thin shim behind the lower hinge(s) to push the bottom of the door toward the frame and (hopefully) the top of the door away from the frame. Joecaption's suggestion may be a better option. Thanks for taking the time to respond to my problem.

 
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06-06-17, 09:06 AM   #6  
It's nice that you trust the contractors but check the plumb with a level anyway. I've never heard of the hinges being shimmed. The frame gets shimmed.

 
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06-06-17, 09:12 AM   #7  
As Shorty said, the frame/jamb is where the shim goes. You can shim a hinge after the fact although that could affect how the door seals [if an exterior door] If feasible it's best to remove the casing, pry out the jamb as needed and insert shims.


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06-06-17, 12:42 PM   #8  
Shims

If the top hinge is shimmed, the shim is too tight. Remove the shim and adjust.

 
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06-06-17, 01:55 PM   #9  
All he likely needs to do was described very well by joecaption.

 
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07-01-17, 06:01 AM   #10  
Top of interior door rubbing the jamb resolved

I appreciate all of the posters who took the time to respond to my problem. I resolved the problem by adding two thin cardboard shims behind the lowest hinge on the troublesome door. If the hinge shims did not work, I would have used jocaption's long screw method. For those who are not familiar with the hinge shim method can view the following links: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/how-to/...ir-skewed-door. How to Align a Door With Hinge Shims | Home Guides | SF Gate.

 
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