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Old 12-07-02, 11:43 AM
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I have a 3 bedroom home the doors to these rooms need repair or replacement. They are hollow door that have damage(holes about 2 inches in diameter) on at least one side. Can they be repaired? If they can, can someone tell me the best way to repair these doors.
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Hollow Door Repair

Hollow Door Patch
Help Around the House : Episode ARH-212 --

Help Around the House host Henry Harrison shares tips for making a patch in a hollow interior door left by a doorstop (figure A). On his elbow grease scale of one to four, Harrison gives this task a one.


80-grit sandpaper
wire cutters
wooden stick
flathead screwdriver
putty knife
dust mask
quick-setting wood filler
spray primer
manila folder or other stiff paper
hinge pin doorstop


1. Use the hammer and flathead screwdriver to pop out the hinge pin and remove the hinge-mounted doorstop. If desired, replace the doorstop when finished patching the door.

2. Sand around repair area to rough up the surface and give the wood filler a better grip.

3. Cut a circle out of the manila folder just larger than hole to be patched. Bend a piece of wire into a hook and stick the hooked end through the center of the patch. Insert patch into the hole using looped wire (figure B).

4. Pull the patch back until the circle rests against the inside of the door ( figure C).

5. Mix the wood filler according to directions and start filling in the hole ( figure D). Use a disposable item such as a frozen dessert stick to spread the wood filler as it will harden and stick to tools.

6. Once the filler sets, use wire clippers to cut off wire as close to the door as possible (figure E).

7. Put on dust mask and sand down patch until flush with door. Hit it with some spray primer to keep the dark filler from showing through your topcoat (figure F).

8. Paint door once primer has dried.


Hollow Door Patch
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Hollow door repair

Most post-World War II homes have hollow-core doors. The core of the door usually consists of pieces of cardboard crisscrossed on end for rigidity and modest acoustic value. The door is then finished on both sides with a one-eighth-inch layer of veneer plywood or hardboard.

The method used to repair a hole in a hollow-core door depends upon whether the door is painted or stained. Patching a painted door is easier because the paint does a better job of concealing the repair. That doesn't mean, however, that patching a stained door is impossible. And although a replacement hollow-core door isn't particularly expensive, replacing one (mortising for hinges and drilling holes for the hardware) can be complicated.

Thus, before tossing the damaged door, try repairing it first.

Begin by removing as much of the damaged material as possible. Use a utility knife with a sharp blade to trim the edge of the hole. Next, loop a cord through a piece of wire screen that is slightly larger that the size of the hole. Push the screen into the hole and use the cord to pull the screen flush to the inside of the door. Holding the cord taut, use a putty knife to apply a quick-drying patching compound to the surface of the screen. Trowel the material to just below the finished surface of the door. Tie the cord to a small wooden dowel or to a pencil that is long enough to bridge the patch. This will prevent the wire screen from moving.

Once the patching compound has dried, cut the cord and remove the dowel. Apply a coat of spackling compound over the base repair, allow it to dry, and then sand. Since spackling compound tends to shrink, a second coat usually is required. Sand the second coat smooth, spot-prime the area and paint the entire door.

Our second repair technique uses expandable foam in a can in place of the wire screening. Start by removing the damage, as described earlier. Shoot some minimum-expanding foam into the hole. Use enough to fill the hole, but don't overdo it. Be prepared for some of the foam to ooze out. When the foam hardens, carefully use a sharp razor blade to trim away the excess so that the foam is slightly below the surface of the door. Finish the job by applying a coat or two of spackling compound over the foam. Sand, prime and paint.

Both of these repair methods can be used to repair a wood-veneer door that is stained -- with one exception. Instead of priming the patch and painting the entire door, spot-prime the patch with a primer tinted to match the stain color. Use a small artist's brush to "faux finish" the patch to match the grain and stain of the existing finish. Also, wood filler can be used in place of spackling compound when patching a wood-veneer door. Wood filler, however, won't take stain exactly like the wood around it.

If a door is badly damaged or you aren't happy with your repair, apply a new veneer to the door. This is called "re-skinning" the door. Simply pop the door off the hinges and lay it on a couple of saw horses in your garage or workshop. Remove the hardware and hinges, rough-sand the damaged face, and apply contact cement to both the face of the door and the back side of the veneer. Allow the contact cement to become tacky and then place the veneer over the door. Cover the surface with some heavy books to allow the adhesive to set up, then trim the excess with a utility knife or pin router. Sand the edge smooth and stain to match the rest of the door.

REPAIRING THE DAMAGED DOOR. Home & Garden. Retrieved 07 December 2002.
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Hollow door repair

Hollow Door Patch
Help Around the House: Episode ARH-143

Help Around the House host Henry Harrison shows how to patch a hole in a hollow wood veneer door (figure A). On his elbow grease scale of one to four, Harrison gives this job a three.


flat-head screwdriver
utility knife
pencil and pen
masking tape
wood chisel
medium-grit sandpaper
wood glue
piece of replacement veneer
stain or paint supplies (optional)


1. Remove the door from the hinges using a screwdriver and hammer (figure B ) and place across sawhorses.

2. Measure the size of the hole and draw a light reference line on the door bisecting the hole (figure C).

3. Draw an irregular shape large enough to encompass the hole on a lightweight piece of cardboard (figure D). Make the shape about 1/2-inch beyond the dimensions of the hole. The reason you want an irregular shape is that a square or circular patch on the veneer would be much more noticeable. A football-shaped patch works well.

4. Cut out the shape and attach a few doubled-up pieces of masking tape to the back (figure E).

5. Place the cardboard shape over the hole in the door and line it up with the reference line (figure F).

6. Score along the edge of the cutout (figure G). Go just deep enough to score the veneer, do not try to cut through the door, and be sure not to cut into the cardboard.

7. Mark the top of the cardboard and carefully peel off the door, being careful not to bend it (figure H). You're going to use it as a template for your new patch.

8. Carefully deepen the score line on the door a bit, cutting just through the top layer of veneer.

9. Now use a chisel to remove the top piece of veneer within the scored area ( figure I). Take a piece of medium-grit sandpaper and smooth out the exposed area.

10. Hold your piece of replacement veneer up to the hole and try to match the grain pattern with that on the door (figure J). You probably will not match it perfectly, just get as close as you can. Stick your cardboard template on the area of veneer that matches best.

11. Cut around the template using the utility knife to create your veneer patch (figure K).

12. Test fit the patch on the door and if it fits then coat the back of the patch with all-purpose glue (figure L). Spread the glue out in an even layer.

13. Stick the patch on the door, twist it slightly to work it securely into place, cover with a piece of plastic and place a heavy book on top (figure M). Allow the glue to set for 30 minutes.

14. Sand the patch to smooth the edges. Use a light touch and sand with the grain. Touch up with a light coat of stain and give it a few minutes to dry (figure N ). Just replace the door and be amazed at the nifty, almost invisible patch.

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