The door leading into the garage was slightly damaged yesterday when
the moves bumped a furniture against the edge of the door.. The damage
is about 2 inches in length. If I hire a handyman to fix this, what
needs to be done to restore the door?
I got some pictures of the damage here:
You can use Plastic Wood or Bondo to patch the divots, sand the patch
flush, then just touch-up paint it. It's no big deal, but a handyman
might charge you twenty to fifty bucks depending on where you are. I
think this is a perfect opportunity for you to save yourself some
money and learn how to make a simple repair.
On Sun, 31 Aug 2008 09:00:02 -0700 (PDT), " firstname.lastname@example.org"
This damage does not affect the strength or operation of the door. You
could use a little Bondo, sand and paint. The biggest job might be
painting the door. Hiring a handyman to do this may cost more than
the cost of a new door.
I do this type of repair all the time.
* Apply wood filler. Make sure it extends higher than the original
surface of the wood. I like Elmer's brand, because it's easy to work
and readily available.
* Let it dry overnight, or as long as the instructions say.
* Use fine sandpaper to sand the filler down to the original surface
level. Put in some grooves to match the existing fake wood grain if you
feel artsy-fartsy. :)
* Clean off all the dust.
* Paint it. You'll obviously get the best result if you paint the
whole door, but you can do a pretty good job if you thin out the paint
some and feather the edges.
* Put on another coat of paint if you can still see the filler through
the first coat.
This would only take me half an hour or so, but I would have to make
two trips to your house, so I would charge you for two hours ($80
total). I would, however, offer to fix other stuff to fill out the two
Too bad you aren't up here in SW Michigan. At those rates, I have a
whole list of piddly repairs that I'll never get around to, that you
could take care of for me.
aem sends, not entirely joking....
I drove through there once on the way east, but we didn't have time to
look around. I hear it's a nice place.
Being from Texas/New Mexico, the Winters in Holland were fun. Growing
up, I never saw more than six inches of snow at one time. Since Holland
is downwind of Lake Michigan, it gets lake effect snow, and they
average seven feet a year. One winter I had to plow my driveway every
night for two weeks. A shopping center plowed up a snowpile bigger than
my house, and it didn't melt until the end of July.
Thanks for the memories.
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