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Windows and Doors

Operating Problems

Problem: Difficulty in operating a door or window.

Cause: Inadequate fastening and support of doors.


  • Use shims at all hinge and hardware locations.
  • At least two screws per hinge should pass through both the frame and the shim and penetrate at least 1-3/16 inch(30 mm) into solid wood as shown in Figure 27.
Exterior Door Hinge Fastening Detail
Figure 27 - Exterior Door Hinge Fastening Detail
  • Don't drive screws with a hammer.
  • Consider using heavier-gauge ball-bearing hinges for wider exterior doors.