I just installed new swing clear hinges on one of several doors in my home.
This is for a bedroom door that opens into the room.
The hinges are on the right as you stand in the bedroom facing the closed door.
I needed the wider opening to accommodate easier wheelchair access.
The 'swing clear' hinges work wonders with increasing the effective door opening.
The new hinges were slightly thicker than the original hinges,
so I had to deepen the mortises slightly so they would lie flush.
In addition, I had to notch the mortises slightly because the original
hinges had rounded corners, where the new hinges have square corners.
I installed the new hinges using the original screw holes.
I used the screws that came with the new hinges.
They are about 1/4" longer than the old screws and are all tightened snugly.
My problem is that the door now rubs on the side jamb at the bottom of the latch side.
The horizontal clearance along the top of the door on the latch side is greater than that on the hinge side.
I know I can shim the hinges; and have purchased plastic, tapered shims to do that.
My question, is where do I install the shims? Top hinge, or bottom hinge,
or top & center hinges, or bottom & center hinges?
Is there a rule that tells where to shim depending on whether it rubs at the top edge or bottom edge?
Since I have to install these hinges on several more doors I'm sure I will encounter rubbing
problems at tops and/or bottoms of the rest of the doors. Thanks for your help.