If you’ve ever been in the process of remodeling your home, you’re probably already familiar with the term “shims.” A shim is a tapered and usually wedge-shaped piece of plastic, metal, wood, or other material, which is used to fill up small gaps or spaces in various objects. Shims are usually used for more aesthetic purposes, such as to support a sloped ceiling, give a more level surface, or support a beam. They are also sometimes used as a means to avoid damaging the surrounding structure of your house. Some common uses include fixing door jambs, repairing sash cords, adjusting ceiling tiles, and supporting wooden floorboards. In addition, most commonly, they are used to make doors and window frames more stable by preventing the panels from collapsing.
How to Hold and Bore Out Thin Shims
The most common shims that are used today are metal materials. These are available in different shapes and sizes and come in a variety of prices. The materials that are used for shimming are usually either plated with various colors (like bronze or brass) or coated with a substance called urethane. The most common use of shims is for decorative purposes. For example, a wooden door frame that has a groove in it can be smoothed by using a metal shim. On the other hand, a door that is made out of glass may benefit from shimming.
If the door’s glass gets too distorted, shimming the edges can be a great way to fix the problem.