03:01PM | 03/09/05
Member Since: 03/08/05
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I Recently installed a prehung Exterior door and shimmed both sides of the door making sure its plumb, and screwed throught the shims. It worked Great for a while, and know the door rubs bad on the door knob side. It is still plumb, but there is more of a reveal on the hinge side than there is on the other side. what did I do wrong and how can I fix it. Please help!


04:43PM | 03/09/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Hi Ledmaster,

I'm no pro; in fact I generally try and get people to get professional help with exterior doors. I have watched pros and they sure do make it look easy.

One thing I've noticed the pros do is that they allow (in advance!) for that little bit of gravity that takes hold as soon as the door is installed. So there's an expectation, if you will, that the door will immediately sag (say, about 1/8") out to the doorknob side soon after install.

Don't know if this helps much, but my tendency would be that if the door is rubbing on the TOP of the knob side, to somehow allow for this on the hinge side. Perhaps a thin cardboard shim on the bottom hinge, or a LITTLE more cutting away of material on the upper hinge.

No guarantees here; as I said, I'm no pro. I have had to deal with my front door a time or two, however. It is more about "finesse" than "brute force". And another instance of where the pros earn their money--especially on heavy wood exterior doors. Hopefully your 'prehung' isn't quite so heavy, and hopefully some 'finesse' will do the job....good luck.


-k2 in CO

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