05:57PM | 01/07/05
Member Since: 01/06/05
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Hi all

I am installing new 6 panel hollow core doors in existing wood frames in my house. For some reason I cannot seem to get it right. I undersize the door 1/4" overall in width which should net me 1/8" on each side. Problem is the hinge side is tight and actually binding in a couple of places. The latch side has the entire gap. The hinges are new 3 1/2 round corner type. I have thought the hinge swagging is off but thats unlikely. I have done 2 doors with the exact same result and it's very frustrating.

Any help?


07:58PM | 01/07/05
Member Since: 03/21/04
173 lifetime posts
cross section of door view from top

latch ----------------------------- hinge

\ / |

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the door hinge side and latch side need to be tapered with a plane so that the door will not bind on the hinge side and not have an xcessive gap on the latch side. slightly less than 1/8 inch taper should do it




01:46PM | 01/08/05
Member Since: 04/10/03
116 lifetime posts
kinda sounds like hinge routes are too deep


03:24PM | 01/09/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1284 lifetime posts
You mortised too deep for the hinges. Shim under them with cardboard about thick as a matchbook cover on both leaves.

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