One of our bedrooms has a 32x 80 door which was damaged by our chihuahua
dog. He scratched at the inside bottom of the door until large pieces of the
veneer were peeled off. Don't know what wood it is on the damaged veneer,
it looks like pine (same light color), but there are no knots, and it is
varnished. The outside has the same finish. Can I get a new veneer large
enough to cover the whole door? It would have to be the size of the entire
door, so I wouldn't have to match the door color. It doesn't matter if the
inside is different from the outside.
Or should I replace just the door itself, or knock the whole door including
the jamb out, and install a new pre-hung door?
Repairing the damage is time consuming, difficult, and iffy at best.
You can take a blank door, which is cheap, and duplicate all the
fittings exactly and put it right in. A plane may be necessary to trim
it in tight spots. You will be more pleased with the results.
You'll probably have to take down the door and reinstall it after
gluing a new veneer to it! The new veneer may, ever so slightly,
thicken the door so you might have to adjust either the hinges or
the door stops as you reinstall. If the veneer glue has to dry
over night you may be doorless for 24 hours or so!
Therefore a new door may be a quicker fix and cheaper! Obedience
training the dog is likely to cost more!
Depending on at what height the dog damage is maybe one of those
metal 'kick plates' sometimes used on commercial doors might be
the answer? But, if for example, brass are expensive, costing
more than a typical interior door. Use of a prehung door/box
suggests ripping out the existing and adjacent wall refinishing,
another cost and time/repainting?
Build a dog kennel? Leash the dog?
On Mon, 18 Aug 2003 23:02:18 -0500, "Jim Caldwell"
I disagree with other responders. I have put new veneer on
doors. It is not that hard a job.
There is an easier fix, however. Get a piece of wood large
enough to cover the damage, perhaps cut it in a pleasing shape, finish
it nicely, perhaps put molding around the edge or router the edge, and
install it over the damaged section. Make it look like it belongs
there. If you use oak, the dog will have to work a lot harder to
damage it again.
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