Hanging very heavy carriage doors

Hi – I was lucky enough to find a great Amish builder who made me two pairs of solid mahogany carriage doors for my garage. Each opening is 8×7 and my contractor added additional studs for extra support. The builder estimates them at 130lbs each but it took 4 guys to get each door off the truck and I can barely lift a door a few inches.

 
 
 
 

My GC is a bit nervous about getting the install right since its hung on hinges that are lag bolted to the underlying structure. The frames aren’t perfectly square so he will need to do some shimming to get it just right. The issue is that he can’t shim the jambs because the lag screws go deep into the supporting frame. So I suggested that he build a temp support to hold the doors in the exact closed position he wants it and then use that to line up the hinges.

 
 
 
 

Anyone try anything like this before? Given the weight we are worried that they will shift a bit and then will be out of alignment. Or over time they will sag. The lags have a out a 1/32 of an inch of play within the hole of the hinge. Plus the hinges are mounted on the face of the building frame so he can’t shim it horizontally.

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Hanging very heavy carriage doors

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