How Do I Repair this Door Damage?



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I wouldn't do anything unless the dog gets trained. Otherwise this is a fruitless endeaver.
Once that happens you can address the door issue. The trouble with scratches is that it compresses the wood fibers. Even after sanding, the issue will be there. If you just try to stain it, it will end up staining the compressed scratch areas darker then the surrounding wood. Take the door off the hinges and lay it on some saw horses. Look at the side of the door to see how thick the door skin is. Older doors have a fairly thick skin that can be sanded a little more then newer doors. You want to sand enough to remove the visible scratchs, but not so much as to put noticeable low spots on the door sides. The stain color will be close to a wealnut base from the pictures, but matching an older stain will be trial and...

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A door latch/lock that does not line up with the latch plate/hole has a couple of things that could be causing the problem. If you can lift the door by the handle to latch/lock the door, it may be that a hinge is loose. Try tightening the screws on the hinges and see it that helps. If the screws turn but don't get tight, you may need to remove the screw, put some glue on a toothpick or three, use them to fill the hole, let it dry, then put the screw back into door jamb.

Another possibility may be the house has settled and the door frame is a little out of true(level). This may take a little more effort to shim the door jamb back into square. If the latch-plate needs to go up, you can try placing a shim under the latch side of the jamb. If it needs to go down, you can try shimming the hinge side of the jamb up.

if the door frame is no longer square, you may need to plane the door to fit in the frame so it wont rub or wedge itself into the opening. You can determine...

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Last Updated September 30, 2016 08:09 AM

After the brutal winter, my wife and I found several locations on our driveway where the concrete is crumbling. This is the worst of them:

In the past, I have used self-leveling concrete caulk similar to this to fix damage like this:

However, I am concerned that due to it being near the edge that the caulk will fill in the crack between blocks and possibly make the damage worse due to expanding and contracting of the concrete.

How should I repair this damage, short of replacing the driveway itself?

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The technical term for what happened to the concrete on your driveway is that it "spalled", and sealing it with caulking isn't going to do much toward repairing it at this point. What you'll want to do is clean out all of the loose debris (a shop-vac and wire brush work pretty well) and then pressure wash it. After it is completely dry, inject or force...

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There are several different ways to repair furniture water damage. Relatively simple methods maybe used to remove small rings and stains while more extensive procedures are usually required for flood-damaged pieces. A soft cloth heated with an iron will usually repair small areas of furniture water damage. Toothpaste, mayonnaise, and citrus oil can also be utilized for small rings and stains. Flood damaged furniture usually needs to be dried, cleaned, repaired and refinished.

Furniture water damage can range from small stains and rings to pieces that have been completely submerged in flood waters. Milky water stains on furniture are usually the result of moisture trapped beneath the finish. This type of furniture water damage can generally be repaired by drawing the trapped moisture to the surface with heat or oils. Larger areas of damage can sometimes be repaired by gluing separated pieces back together and refinishing the surface. Heavily damaged furniture probably need to...

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Laminate flooring is typically resistant to water damage, but a large amount of moisture can still eventually destroy the floor. Fortunately, since this type of flooring is made up of several sections locked together, you can usually repair water damage on your own without having to peel the entire floor up. The first step is to dry the wet area so that there is no more water on the surface. You can then remove the parts that are damaged, and then dry the floor underneath. The final step is to put down new laminate in place of the damaged sections.

In many cases, a laminate floor becomes flooded when a dishwasher, washing machine, or refrigerator leaks, though of course standing water of any kind can cause damage. Once the source of the water is determined and fixed, the laminate floor should be dried thoroughly. This task can usually be completed by mopping or using a wet-dry vacuum, depending on the amount of water. Once any excess water is dried up, a fan should be placed...

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Because that's a textured surface, you'll have to mimic the surface after you repair the problem. Assuming you've addressed the water issue, cut the sheet rock away from the studs, exposing half the stud. Nice straight lines and square edges makes the job easier.

Lowe's sells small patch sheet rock for just this purpose. Only don't try to get a piece of sheetrock that will bring you level with the existing surface. You actually want it to sit slightly low, 1/16 to 3/32 below the surface would be ideal. Then before you put anything on it - paint it with a primer paint. This will help seal the surface and give the next step something to stick to.

Next step is to apply wallboard compound. Not the same as joint compound, no, actually it's a plaster. And you're going to have to put plenty of it on. I've never done any textures like that so I can't really tell you the best way to texture it. But if it were my project I'd try different methods like a rag or a sponge or paint brush...

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How do you repair a hole in a hollow core door? I need to repair a 2 in. x 4 in. hole in door. Can it be done without resurfacing the whole face with veneer? Thanks in advance.

Al from Collinsville, IL


Repairing a Hollow Core Door

Yes, we repaired ours with a wall patch from the hardware store over which we put compound. You will have to paint it through. (02/03/2009)

By angellface

Repairing a Hollow Core Door

We were moving furniture and put a hole in the face of one of our hollow core doors. Couldn't figure out how to fix it, so I went to Zellers and bought a full length mirror for $12 and mounted it on the door with mirror hangers. They are like the old black "thingies" that you mounted photos into albums with; one goes on each corner and one or two on each side and bottom, that mirror is mounted solidly! Got the hangers at the dollar store in a package. The whole cost was under $15. Cheaper than a new...

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I got a call about fixing a door. The lady said she went jogging and locked herself out. It was October and all the windows were closed and locked. Her only recourse was to break in, so she chose the patio door in the family room. She told me a couple of good kicks did the trick.

The homeowners told me that they had received one repair estimate, to replace the entire door (which was a 6' wide hinged patio door) for over $1200. They seemed pleased that my repair only cost them three hours of my time plus one piece of wood.

Thoughts On Making Doors Sturdier:

Many locksets and deadbolts come packaged with tiny 3/4" long wood screws to attach the striker plates to the wood jamb. I look at that hardware as something of a joke. I routinely discard these puny screws and replace them with much longer deck screws, long enough to penetrate into the framing by at least one inch. Then if the door is kicked, the jamb could...

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I need to fix a hollow wooden door, quick and fast. Is this possible? I only need it to look unnoticeable. Doesn't have to be perfect.

posted by bluelights to Home & Garden (23 answers total)

I have no idea what the easiest way to fix your kicked-in door is. If you have a way to transport a door you can probably find one that will fit for very little money ($25ish) at a

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posted by foodgeek at 9:28 PM on January 5, 2015 [5 favorites]

With the wood grain pattern on the exterior and the nature of hollow doors in general, I don't think a quick, cheap, unnoticeable fix is possible.

posted by infinitewindow at 9:37 PM on January 5, 2015 [2 favorites]

thank you! or, alternatively, would Craigslist be a viable option? what about the time/cost/supplies needed to actually install a new door?

posted by bluelights at 9:37 PM on January 5, 2015

Sharp drywall screws in each of the major pieces to...

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A creaky hinge lets the entire house know that you are opening and closing a door. The heaviness of the door leads to the hinges getting out of shape, most of the times. The screws of the hinges either loosen or the holes broaden, due to the strain put on by a heavy door. Such a condition leads to a sagging door which not only gets on the floor, but also on your nerves. It is advisable to give your old doors time to time hardware updates, for them to swing like new doors. It does not require a carpenter to fix or repair an out-of-shape door hinge. All that you need is a bit of patience, time and a little strength. Though squeaky hinges can be fixed with lubricants, the problem should be permanently solved to avoid any further damage to the door. In the following lines, we have provided step by step instructions on how to fix the door hinges to make them just like the new one.

How To Fix A Door Hinge

Before you go in for purchasing a new door hinge, it is better to remove...
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Danny Lipford: Rain and snow can harm your home in a number of ways, especially if you have an overhang—like this—that allows water to drip down and splash back against the doorway. Now it’ll cause mold and mildew, like you see here, but even worse, water seeps under the door frame and can damage areas just like we had here.

Now, we’ve already repaired it, not by replacing all of the damaged pieces, but replacing some and repairing the others with special exterior wood putty. The first thing we did is to remove the brick mold.

I start removing the brick mold by first cutting the caulking with a razor knife, then prying it off the frame with a flat bar. Now for its replacement, I used a vinyl brick mold that’s resistant to any type of water damage.

I predrilled all of the holes for the nails, then used a galvanized finish nail to secure the new molding to the frame. Then I cleaned out all of the damaged area and installed a piece of folded wire mesh using several...

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There are two main components to a garage door: the door itself and the opener. In this article, we'll tell you how to make repairs to both things. We'll start with the actual door.

Repairing a Garage Door

Overhead garage doors, whether they roll up in sections or swing up in one piece, operate on spring tension. The door moves on metal tracks on the garage walls, and a heavy spring or springs provide the power. In most cases when the door doesn't work easily, repairs are fairly simple. Here are some helpful repair tips:

Step 1: Check the metal tracks inside the garage. Look at the mounting brackets that hold the tracks to the walls. If they're loose, tighten the bolts or screws at the brackets. Working inside the garage with the garage door closed, examine the tracks for dents, crimps, or flat spots. If there are any damaged spots, pound them out with a rubber mallet, or with a hammer and a block of scrap wood. If the tracks are badly damaged, they should be...

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Hey mariannatexasus,

Thanks for joining us here on the community!

I'd say it would be easier on your wallet and effort to simply repair the scratches. Even if the cats scratched the door repeatedly, there's very little chance that it would be damaged beyond repair.

First, I would recommend to use a sanding sponge or fine steel wool to remove any gouges caused by the scratches.

Once the scratches are smoothed out via sandpaper/steel wool, you can then apply a high quality spackling to fill in the scratches. Any loose pieces of the door need to be removed so the next item can effectively go on it.

One I recommend is shown below. Apply if with a flexible putty knife to ensure it goes into the voids caused by the scratching.This isn't typical spackling for drywall. This can even be used on metal, its that tough!

Click on the picture for more information.

Once this is applied and it is dried, you will then sand it down...

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How do you repair pocket doors? My bathroom door jams and sometimes goes off the track.

Since there are different hardware styles for the rollers on pocket doors, each case is unique. From a "generic" standpoint, the major problems faced by pocket door owners involve the adjustment of the rollers, their attachment to the door, lubrication and defects or looseness in the track. I suppose toys jammed into the pocket can be added to this list, too!

Problems with the rollers...

Some types of rollers are made of two parts... a base attached to the door and the roller itself screwed to or threaded into the base. With time and use, these parts can actually separate from each other or go out of adjustment. If the door is not hanging straight, one of these problems is likely. Compare the functioning and malfunctioning rollers to decide which problem you have. 99% of the time, the problem roller is the most difficult to get...

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Water events happen, and never when you expect them — a pipe bursts. The rain pours into your house through a hole in the roof. The sewer backs up. A flood takes over your finished basement. It’s part of home ownership, albeit not a homeowner’s favorite experience by far.

The key to recovering is to assess the damage done and make repairs as necessary. This includes checking all your door frames, also called door jambs. Many people overlook door frames in favor of more obvious items, such as carpets and furniture. However, door jambs are just as susceptible to water damage, mold growth and rot.

Consequently, you need to take the following steps to ensure your door frames are all safe to operate — and not about to give you another headache.

Check Each Part of the Door Frame

Do a once-over by visually and physically inspecting the door frame. Sometimes, it’s obvious to see where the damage is. Many door frames suffer water-induced rot around the bottom, where...

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After some 200 years of “hard knocks” and spotty maintenance in the harsh climate of coastal Maine, our Federal-period home’s frame-and-panel doors exhibited a range of problems—from gaps and loose joints to outright rot. Repairing them without compromising their integrity required patience and an understanding of their mortise-and-tenon joinery.

Frame-and-panel (or rail-and-stile) doors became popular in the early 1700s due, at least in part, to the design’s clever solution for dealing with dimensional wood changes caused by fluctuating temperature and humidity. Because wood expands more across the grain than with it, the frame design minimizes the effect of expansion and contraction upon the door’s overall dimensions. The grain runs lengthwise in each frame member, which means that the frame contributes little to the door’s overall expansion, while the panels float freely in grooves, allowing them to expand and contract as necessary without distorting the door or...

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Sliding glass doors add elegance and light to your home.

The main cause of a sticking sliding glass door is debris in the track of the door. This debris can cause friction between the door and track, which causes it to stick. If you don't clean out the door track regularly, the debris can cause your door to remain stuck in its track. Cleaning out the sliding door's track regularly helps to prevent sticking. .

Close the door. Clean out the lower and upper tracks with an old stiff toothbrush . Wipe away the debris with a cloth

Open the door all the way. Scrub the lower and upper tracks with an old stiff toothbrush to remove debris. Wipe out debris with a cloth.

Inspect the track for bent pieces. Replace damaged pieces if needed by removing the door and unscrewing the damaged track.

Apply a greaseless lubricant to the door's rollers according to the manufacturer's instructions. Avoid spraying the track with the...

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Many of our customers have found our instructions to be helpful in repairing their garage doors. DIYers, this is the page for you.

Not sure which tutorial to use? See our troubleshooting page to see possible causes and solutions your garage door problems.

Introduction To Garage Door Springs

Garage door springs counterbalance the weight of the door to make it easy to open and close. They serve the same purpose of counter weights used to balance doors in centuries past and in many doors today. For example, if a garage door weighs 100 pounds, a spring force of 100 pounds needs to pull against the weight of the door. This can be accomplished with springs that either stretch or torque special parts to assist in balancing the door.

Introduction to Garage Door Spring Video.

Introduction To Garage Door Counterbalance

To safely repair garage doors it's necessary to understand the forces at work. In this video you'll learn how the door system is...

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Then repair it with one of our sliding glass door track repair kits!

Our sliding door track repair kits will overlay your damaged slider track with a specially designed high grade stainless steel roller rail cover. This replacement rail cover installs directly over your worn and damaged sliding glass door track sill. These kits are an economical alternative to a complete sliding glass door track replacement.

Once installed, your patio slider track will slide like brand new again. Our sliding glass door track kits make repairing damaged and worn slider tracks very easy and fast. Our do-it-yourself kits will repair virtually any damaged sliding glass door track.

Nearly every home in America has a sliding glass door installed. Sliding glass door tracks often develop dips, waves and areas of damage along their length. These tracks are what your sliding glass door rolls on and a damaged sliding door track will make your sliding patio door very difficult and...

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Why do a garage door repair? Your garage door is the largest, most direct way into your home – which also makes it the most important entry point. Having a faulty garage door is not a joke, and calling professionals to take care of your garage door repair should be the first step.

It is quite common for homeowners in Toronto, Markham, Oshawa and Barrie to live with a faulty electric opener, or a slow loading overhead door – not because they don’t care but merely because they are uneducated towards garage door repairs and don’t realize that help is around the corner.

Below you will find a few garage door problems with the corresponding solution:


Garage door will not open or close properly, or at all.


9 times out of ten a problem with your garage door not opening or closing has to do with your electric opener. Double check the batteries, as well as the keypad for any damage. Often a remote reprogram usually works!

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