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03-16-14, 09:28 AM   #1  
Rotted wood at bottom of door.

I have a front door that the wood at the bottom is rotted out at. I was wondering if I could section the wood at the bottom or would I have to replace the whole frame? Could I cut away the rotted out part and fill it with epoxy or something and put a piece of wood over top of that section? It's about 8" of rot at the bottom.

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03-16-14, 11:04 AM   #2  
Pics would let us know exactly what you are dealing with but cutting out the bad and just replacing a section is an option.


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03-16-14, 11:22 AM   #3  
Are you talking about the wood on the door or the jamb? Jambs are easier to fix than doors. Maybe pictures would help. http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...your-post.html

 
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03-16-14, 02:22 PM   #4  
Yes it's the door jamb. I will post some pics as soon as I can.

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03-16-14, 02:52 PM   #5  
While we are waiting on pictures, you can buy exterior jamb pieces at the box stores. I usually cut out the offending pieces at a slight angle with a multimaster, then match the cut on a new piece of jamb, putting it in place with glue and finish nails. Then, if it is called for, I epoxy over the seams to make a smooth finish when it is all sanded down and painted. It doesn't matter whether you buy a left or right jamb, since you will be making individual cuts custom made for your application. One piece will do.

If the damage is not that bad, then poking out the old rotted wood down to good wood, and epoxying it up is sometimes a good way to go if the damage is not too bad, or big. I use Minwax Epoxy wood repair, or plain old automotive Bondo.

 
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03-16-14, 05:25 PM   #6  
Thanks Larry I think I will try bondo.

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03-16-14, 06:58 PM   #7  
When you put the bondo in, attaching some scrap screws or nails in the bondo and about an inch into the stud will locks the bondo better in place. Also, leaving about a 1/8" gap at the bottom of the jamb will allow for air movement and keep you from having to do the repair again in the future.

 
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03-16-14, 09:08 PM   #8  
All interesting suggestions. Without that picture where all going to have to guess what the cause is.
Main thing I see is no step down from the threshold. If it's flush with a stoop, deck, patio ECT. the splash back is going to rot it out.
Most new doors are shipped primed, if no one kept up with the painting it's going to rot.
Patching, filling are all ways to cover it up but it will always show.
Replacing the whole door with a no rot bottom jamb (PVC finger jointed into the bottom of the door) ordering a door with PVC jambs, or wrapping the jambs with coil stock will get rid of the whole problem for ever.

 
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03-19-14, 05:58 PM   #9  
I will post some pics as soon as I can get back over there.

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