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Doors and windows can be tricky. With a little forethought and a few slick tricks. Anyone can debug their mystery.
1- Buy quality name brand doors/windows, made by a respected manufacturer. Doors are used A LOT, don't "cheese out" on your doors and windows. The peace of mind that comes with the fact they will cover their product should you discover a defect, should be enough to cover the higher price.
2- Check the threshold for level! This is the root to many door and window problems. Watch for the hinge side being low especially. If so shim accordingly.
3- The closer the opening is to plum and square the better. If that's not the case shim accordingly. (Always make the hinge side Plumb.)
4- Replace one of the top hinge jamb-side hinge screws with a 2"1/2. (Forgetting this is the most common reason for door malfunction!)
5- Make sure there is an even 1/8" reveal around the doors/windows slab(s)
6- With the door almost shut look for any variance between the slab and jamb. If so orient the jamb at the hinge until it matches the jamb on the strike side.
7- On doors adjust the seal at bottom threshold until it holds but doesn't tear a piece of printer paper (see image below)
Those are some simple ways to improve the function and efficiency of your openings, hopefully you've found this helpful.
Thanks for reading!
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