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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 8/13/2017

Well now, I think the door thing is my fault.  Dag-nabbit.

Way back when I was first the installing the door (seems like forever ago) and I put the frame in, I made a mistake.  It wasn't much of a mistake and I thought I was doing the right thing at the time, but in retrospect I figured out that what I'd done had to be the cause of the door refusing to close properly.

When I put up the frame I measured it seven ways from Sunday.  I checked level, and checked clearance, I checked position.  What I found was a slight slope upwards to the left side of the opening (looking from the inside of the house)-- it wasn't much but I figured it would throw off the door.  So I looked around at various construction webites and realized that a simple shim would give the frame that slight adjustment that it would need. I figured I'd need two and as it happened I didn't have any just lying around....I eventually found a couple in the garage.  They got put under the frame, the frame went up, and I honestly never thought about it again.

Until that is I tried repeatedly and couldn't get the dang thing to close properly.  I thunk and thunk, and I pondered and I pondered...and finally I remembered that little wood shim under the frame.  Surely that wasn't messing it all up, was it?

Yes, yes it was.  Sigh.

After berating myself for all of those months of work I took it out and then dry fit the frame to see if things would properly now.  I haven't actually put the doors back on yet...that will probably be next weekend....but magically there's no slope at all now.  Go figure.

So...that happened.  Dang it.

A picture of the unnecessary shim work below......


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I swear by Odin there was a slope when I installed it...but it ain't there now....


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