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Fix Punctured Screw Holes in Solid Door for Bathroom

Fix Punctured Screw Holes in Solid Door for Bathroom


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Old 03-25-20, 01:14 PM
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Fix Punctured Screw Holes in Solid Door for Bathroom

Moved into a brand new construction recently. All doors like bathrooms and closets are solid wood doors, inch thick I'm guessing. However, despite using flat-head 3/4" wood screws, it punctured through a bit on the outside when I was installing towel holder. Is there a trick on how to fix this somehow? Obviously touching up with white paint will hide the grayish look but not the bumps. I don't want to try to sand it down until some pros here confirm best remedy. Thank you.
 
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Old 03-25-20, 02:08 PM
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First I would back out each screw and use a pair of dikes (wire cutters) and nip the tip of the screw off and reinstall. That way the tips will be decently below the surface on the other side.

Next there are a couple options. If you have some thin CA (super glue) you can put a drop on the cracked area and immediately tap the raised area flat with a hammer. You have to move sorta quick as you need to squish it flat before the glue kicks. You can also just hammer the raised area flat and not bother with the glue.

Another way is to pick out the raised area leaving a divot. Then you can fill it in with wood putty and then touch-up the paint.
 
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Old 03-25-20, 02:10 PM
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Just a heads up, door is 1.5" thick and screw is 3/4" long.
 
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Old 03-25-20, 03:48 PM
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Just a heads up, door is 1.5" thick and screw is 3/4" long.
That can't be. If the screw is going thru the door then it needs to be at least 1.5" long.
 
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Regardless of how a 3/4" screw could pierce a 1 1/2" door, that doesn't look like solid wood, it looks like some kind of paper or particle board facing. If it was solid wood, it wouldn't crack and bulge out like that - the sharp tip of the screw would just come through the wood. I don't think that is a solid wood door you've got there (more likely hollow core), and if not, it's not going to hold up a towel holder. And you also won't be able to repair that with putty.
 
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Old 04-21-20, 02:17 AM
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Ya, it looks like a masonite door to me. Once the screw is removed or replaced with a shorter one you'll need to cut/shave the bulged out part off. No bigger than the hole is it shouldn't be a big deal to patch it.
 
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Old 04-21-20, 02:47 AM
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Carefully knock the raised areas back into the door.
I usually use a Phillips screwdriver.
You do not want to break/snap them.
You just want a divot in the door.
Then fill and sand.
 
 

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