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Fixing hole in hollow core door

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11-13-16, 03:23 PM   #1  
Fixing hole in hollow core door

On my bathroom door, we have hooks mounted for bath towels. However, apparently the loop on my wife's towel got twisted on the hook so when she grabbed it, it ripped out the hook, and some paint. I used wood filler for the tiny screw holes. I thought about sanding it down, painting, and trying to mount it again. Are there any better suggestions on a fix? Attached is a pic (sorry its sideways)

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11-13-16, 03:32 PM   #2  
Any repair you attempt is going to look like a flat spot on a textured door, so...

If you are asking about putting the hook back up, remember that you are threading the hook into what is basically 1/8" thick pressed cardboard... so it isn't going to hold very well or for very long. You could put a little polyurethane construction adhesive behind the hook when you screw it in... that way it would be glued to the surface of the door and would be less likely to pull out.

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11-13-16, 04:08 PM   #3  
You may be able to copy the grain affect. As you make the patch with filler you might try getting some type of paper or vinyl with a similar pattern and press it against the soft filler to imprint it. If must use another hook that screws in to the door try using a mollybolt or toggle bolt. Better still use those over the door hooks.

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11-14-16, 03:56 AM   #4  
I'd scrape/cut off the jagged edges and use a filler. As Norm said you can texture the wet filler to make it blend or at least not stand out as bad. I'd probably use a sponge for the texture and whatever works to add the grain lines.

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11-16-16, 05:50 PM   #5  
I have used drywall patches on backs of doors too....


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11-19-16, 10:48 AM   #6  
XSleeper, thanks! I was going to put the hook back up. I wish I had the extra cash when I installed these doors s I would have gotten solid doors.

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12-20-16, 06:58 AM   #7  
What about something like this?

E-Z Ancor 1-1/4 in. Hollow Door and Drywall Anchors (4-Pack)-25125 - The Home Depot

All molly bolts or toggle bolts seemed too big.

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12-20-16, 05:15 PM   #8  
Hi, Patching a hole on the door is hard to make look good. Try to find a good looking piece of wood about 6x6" in the molding section at a big box store. Glue it over the the hole and mount your bracket on it.
Good Luck Woodbutcher

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