Hold the shim against the bottom of the door and mark your cut twice. Take your wood shim and put it on the ground against the hinge side of the door. Hold the shim in place and mark the top of the shim on your door with carpentry pencil. Repeat this process on the strike side of the door.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best way to trim the bottom of a door?
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How much can you trim off the bottom of a door?
Removing an inch or so from a hollow core door to allow for a thicker carpet, misread tape measure or wonky doorframe will be fine. However, cut off too much – roughly over 2 inches – and you may notice that the edge of the door is no longer solid.
How do you cut the bottom of a door?
The hinge side is the side where your door meets the wall. You’re basically using the shim to determine how high you need to cut. You can’t measure this cut independently because the floor may not be perfectly flat. This is also why you can’t use a long length of wood to do this; if you do, the cut may not be straight.
Do you need to trim the length of an exterior door?
Older homes often have oddly sized door openings. Most exterior doors measure 80 inches, but if your home is older or your entry threshold is unusually thick, you may need to trim the bottom of a new door. Trimming the length of an exterior door is not difficult, but you must take care not to accidentally split the edges or splinter the wood.
How do you put a shim on a wood door?
Take your wood shim and put it on the ground against the hinge side of the door. Hold the shim in place and mark the top of the shim on your door with carpentry pencil. Repeat this process on the strike side of the door. Then, repeat this process on the back side of the door. You should have a total of 4 hash marks.
What should I do if my door is sticking on the bottom?
If the door is sticking on the top right corner,you would put the cardboard under the upper hinge,which would tilt the door slightly downward,hopefully letting the door work normally. If the door is sticking on the bottom outside edge,you would place the cardboard under the bottom hinge.