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Old 02-28-2012, 12:12 PM   #1
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16 years ago I moved into a new home that had a door that wouldn't stay in the open position. The builder had hung it a little out of plumb. Rather than fixing the plumb condition, the builder installed a spring steel shim between the hinge and door jamb (on the top and bottom hinges) that has 3 little plastic feet on it that rub on the barrel of the door side of the hinge. It has worked perfectly and silently for all of these years but is now starting to loose its effectiveness. The plastic feet are worn. Does anyone know where I could get these shims to replace the worn ones?

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I've never seen one.
Remove one of the hinge pins and set it between two blocks of wood and tap it with a hammer to slightly bend it and reinstall always works for me and it's free.

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joe, I'm not sure I understand what you are saying... Are you suggestion to bend the hinge pin?
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I have bent hinge pins to increase the friction in the hinge before but always end up with a squeaky hinge over time. These shims have been silent for 16 years. That is why I would like to find and replace them rather than bending the pin.
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Thats what I was thinking Marlowe. Its not a terrible "quick fix", but it could have consequences as you mentioned.
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