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ElizaWhyza 07-16-2012 05:47 AM

Need help with interior door shims
Hi everyone, '
Our contractor hung our interior doors and a friend commented that they were shimmed only on the hinge side, at each hinge. In their opinion, they should have corresponding shims on the latch side.

What is the conventional approach here? What would be the reason to shim only on the hinge side? If it were your house, would you have the other side shimmed? What does shimming on both sides provide, or protect against.

The trim isn't on yet, so we have a chance to change it.

Many thanks!

Just Bill 07-16-2012 05:50 AM

It should be shimmed on both sides to prevent bowing/twisting from fasteners and time.

ElizaWhyza 07-16-2012 07:15 AM

Thank-you! Makes sense to me.

oh'mike 07-16-2012 07:27 AM

What he said is spot on.

The slamming door will knock the latch side out of whack without proper shims and nails-

We call that 'a trim hung' job---common on cheap tract houses---

rubberhead 07-16-2012 07:48 AM

Unless the latch side is tight to the stud. Which is fine if the stud is plumb and square. If there is a gap then yeah should have shims.

mae-ling 07-16-2012 10:45 PM

Latch side should not be tight to the studs, if things twist, dry etc you may need to adjust.

ElizaWhyza 07-17-2012 02:22 PM

Thanks, all, for this input

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