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10-30-2010 11:32 AM

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Hi guys

Is there a general rule one should follow when hanging doors i have 30+ to do for a client

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#1 posted 10-30-2010 02:53 PM

For prehung doors, I generally check the plumb of the hinge side framing, measure the width of the RO, and install some shim spacers on the hinge side (if necessary) to center the door. Then, I remove the door and stop, stand the jambset in the rough opening, and use a 6’ level on the hinge barrels to get them dead-on plumb.

Once the hinge barrels are plumb, I reinstall the door and work my way across the top and down the latch side using shims to get the desired gap between the door and the jambset.

When the jambset is nailed off and solid, I put in the lockset, latch, and striker plate, make sure the door doesn’t swing on it’s own, then reinstall the stop. I like to use a folded business card to set the gap between the door and the stop.

This process sounds a bit complicated, but after 3-4 doors, it goes pretty fast. The trick is to get the hinge barrels plumb from the get-go so the door doesn’t swing on it’s own when you’re done.

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#2 posted 10-30-2010 03:11 PM

I would think that putting the hinges on the opposite side of the door from the knob would be a good rule.

Good luck. buddy.

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#3 posted 10-30-2010 03:20 PM

I tried that, and it works!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 10-30-2010 03:24 PM

thanks Gene

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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