Plastic hinge shims
Quick align hinge shims
• Manufactured by EZ-Shim
• Cost of 18 pack (3-1/2 in. or 4 in.): $2
Sagging or binding doors most often are fixed by shimming behind one or more of the hinges. It’s a relatively simple fix, but certainly not without hassles. You have to remove the screws that hold the hinge leaf against the jamb, slide the shim into place, and then reattach the hinge and hope to end up with a better-fitting door. If not, you just repeat this process until you get the perfect fit (or until you run out of satisfying curse words to express your frustration).
The Quick Align Hinge Shim is a better choice. It’s made from thin plastic that won’t compress under pressure — a smarter option than the thin cardboard backing from the hinge or lockset package, which is what I usually use. Also, these shims are slotted so that they can be inserted without removing the hinge completely. The top and bottom screws still need to be taken out, but the middle one stays in place, loosened just enough to slide the shim into position.
Each shim is tapered from about 1/32 in. to 1/16 in. and can be inserted from either side of the hinge leaf to move the barrel inward or outward.