I have an exterior hollow core wood door with a couple of holes punched thru
the skin. The holes are about 2 inches wide and 3/4 inches high. The door
permits access from the carport to the back yard, so it doesn't have to look
Does anyone know of any tape or something simple I can use to repair the
holes before I paint the door? I don't want to replace the door just for
two little holes.
Unless you live several hundred miles away from the nearest criminal or have
nothing in side your house protecting (you, you wife, your kids, your
possessions, e.g.), you should replace that hollow core "door" with a solid
core unit and a strong dead bolt lock with a good strike ;-)
Sure. The trick with most of these repairs is to
make the repair a decoration. Put a 4" x width of
door minus 2" masonite over the holes. Or
depending on the positions make three or four
3"x4" blocks and put them in a decorative pattern.
Attach with contact glue or just use yellow
carpenters glue with weight. Paint the blocks
before you attach, if you aren't going to paint
the door, or paint after you attach if you will
repaint the door.
while you can fix it, with methods most have already posted.
Is the door usually subjected to fair abuse ?
You might want to consider cutting a chunk of at least 1/2 plywood and
nailing it over the existing door.
Won't look pretty, but may save you further patching down the road.
I tend to agree, a solid or steel door is the proper item for exterior use.
But if you are gonna paint it anyway, and are just looking for a
quick'n'dirty repair, I'd use Bondo. That is what the greenshirts used at
work on the hundred-year-old doors when they dropped the old high brass
knobs to modern ADA compliant low-mount levers, and it has held up quite
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