Fixing a door gap problem
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Photo 1: Loosen hinges
Loosen the hinge screws in the jamb and insert a
1/16-in.-thick x 3/8-in.-wide piece of cardboard
behind the hinge leaf. Push it against the screws and
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Photo 2: Insert shims
hinge. The gap
along the hinge
side should open
about 1/16 in. and
narrow the gap
on the latch side.
If you have a door that just barely catches the latch because the gap between the door and frame is too big, it's likely that the doors were installed poorly.
Your doors were prehung in their frames at the
factory and installed as a unit. The installer should
have adjusted the frame with shims to leave about a
1/8-in. gap along the latch side, about the thickness
of two quarters. If shims were forgotten or were not big enough, it results in a gap that's too wide.
To readjust the door frame, you have to remove the
trim along the latch side to get at the shims. This job
can be a hassle, especially if you have painted trim.
So try this trick first. Slip a 1/16-in.-thick cardboard
strip behind each hinge (Photos 1 and 2). This will
widen the gap along the hinge side and narrow the
gap along the latch side. Hopefully, it'll be enough to
make the latch solid.