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Shimex

Q: Will I really save time with the Shimex anchoring system?
A: Absolutely, the system can save you up to 2/3 of the time required when using the solid shim method. And it’s accurate every time!


Q: Why not secure and fix the unit through the brick moulding?
A: The brick moulding is a finishing trim that should not be used as a structural element. For wood windows, the moulding is usually added on.


Q: Can I use Shimex on my vertical wood slider windows?
A: The Shimex anchoring system can be used with wood, PVC and aluminum windows. Most window styles are compatible with Shimex, including vertical slider, horizontal slider and casement windows. Plus, the Shimex anchoring system makes all of your installations a great deal easier.


Q: How much space do I need in the rough opening?
A: The rough opening should be 7/8” wider and 3/4” higher than the window.


Q: Is Shimex compatible with brick moulding?
A: Yes, the Shimex model SH-111 (black / black) is made specifically for brick moulding. It is installed on the side of the window or door jamb using the anchor strap in the same way as the standard SH-101 model (yellow / black). Though the two models are virtually the same, they differ in the direction of the tooth and are manufactured in different colors to highlight this difference.


Q: Can the tooth create problems in certain situations?
A: It might. If so, use the SH-102 (yellow / yellow) leveller which has no tooth. This model can be used under the sill or on the side of the jamb, depending on the application.


Q: With the rough opening being 7/8” (2.2225 cm) wider and higher than the window or door, does this create too much of a gap?
A: Allowing less than this may increase the chances that a corner of the jamb will be in contact with the frame (rough opening). As the rough opening is seldom square and level, it is important to eliminate any potential load transfer and provide good insulation around your windows and doors.


Q: Why is there a steel spring on the Shimex?
A: Structures tend to move a little because of the humidity in the studs, or various other reasons. If you use solid shims, they will either become loose or tighter. When they become tighter, a load transfer may occur directly on the window or door jamb.

The steel spring acts as an absorber. It compensates for any movement by substantially reducing the load transfer and preventing any binding or squeezing of the moving parts such as window sashes or door slabs.

The anchor strap allows the jamb to float in the rough opening so that you are free to secure the unit by fastening screws through the anchor strap.

We recommend using fibreglass insulation all around the unit to allow for compression and expansion of the insulation.


Q: Can I use Shimex with steel studs?
A: Absolutely. Because metal studs around the rough opening are usually filled with wood, you will benefit from the same advantages.


Q: How about concrete walls?
A: Again, although you won’t get any movement in the rough opening, you will have to deal with out of square openings in many instances. The Shimex concept allows you to plumb, square and level your unit before or after fastening it to the structure through the anchor strap.

You will gain tremendous time since there is no need to drill and fasten the unit through the jamb, but rather behind the jamb, through the anchor strap.


Q: How can one person install a window or door alone?
A: Since the critical part of any installation is holding the unit in place while fastening it, two people are usually required. With Shimex, as long as one man can lift up the unit and push it in place, the pressure of the spring will hold it in place. You can then stand back and examine the unit to determine your next step.

If the unit is too heavy, two people may be required to push it into the rough opening, but the second individual is then free to do other things on the site as the rest of the installation can proceed with the one person.


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