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Old 07-16-2012, 05:47 AM   #1
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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.

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Old 07-16-2012, 05:50 AM   #2
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It should be shimmed on both sides to prevent bowing/twisting from fasteners and time.

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Thank-you! Makes sense to me.
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:27 AM   #4
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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---
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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.
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Latch side should not be tight to the studs, if things twist, dry etc you may need to adjust.
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Thanks, all, for this input

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