• In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains how to repair a skewed door.


    1 Close door and check the spacing at the top and latch-side of the door.
    2 Determine which hinge must be shimmed to adjust door and create even spacing.
    3 Remove appropriate hinge from door and jamb.
    4 Hold door hinge against cardboard and use utility knife to cut around hinge; cut several shims.
    5 Set two or three cardboard shims in the hinge mortises on the door and jamb, then replace the hinge.
    6 Install shims behind other hinges, if necessary.
    7 Close the door and check the spacing.
    8 If necessary, add or subtract shims until the door latches properly and closes without binding.
    See products and services from this episode
    • Difficulty: Easy
      You won't even break a sweat.
Ask TOH users about Doors

Contribute to This Story Below

      Video Directory

      Selected Topic/Section

      Tools List

      • drill
      • utility knife
        Utility knife,
        used to cut cardboard shims

      Shopping List

      1. Cardboard shims

      2. Cutting board or scrap plywood,

      used to protect floor when cutting cardboard shims

      3. Canvas drop cloth,

      used to protect the floor