On Tue, 24 May 2011 08:08:02 -0700, "Edward Hennessey"
:> :Wet the gap with a solvent like Naptha to loosen
:> :up any accreted gunk. Get right after it with whatever
:> :thin, raspy and long tools or abrasive paper you have to
:> :clean the sprung surface.
:> The naptha (I have a gallon can, most of which I still have), will
:> evaporate? Or will it absorb into the wood and eventually evaporate?
:> Seems to me I don't want to apply epoxy to wood that is somewhat
:> saturated with napthta. In my experience it is volatile but slow
:> Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net
:You are going to take the door off the hinges
:and do this, right?
Yes, I already removed the hinges, latch and magnetic plate, i.e. all
:Naptha has an odor. Women generally have
:a better sense of that then men. When you
:are finished with your solvent phase, let
:you door sit in the sun for an hour outdoors.
:Have someone with a good nose smell it.
:When the odor is gone, the infiltration is
:gone, without a residue of anything that
:will disturb ensuing steps.
I have what I think is a very keen nose... and no women around :)
I think I'll be able to tell when the naptha has _totally_ evaporated.
:However, you will find repairing this in
:the detailed, finicky and correct way
:specified a real misinvestment of resources
:compared to a new door. If you are indisposed
:to fabricate one yourself with a tablesaw or
:with a router and tablesaw, the cost of having
:a skilled party do this would be efficient unless
:you will treasure the restoration experience.
I'm very dedicated to DIY, but I'm not nuts. However, I'd like to try a
:Call glass shops and ask who does their
:custom doors. Buy the wood. Call cabinet makers.
:Put an ad on Craig's List. If your edge step
:has an uncommon profile, perhaps a particular
:router bit will be needed. That will be about
:as complicated as this simple problem can
:get. The choices are yours but most people
:here would wisely start over. Trust me, after
:you've gone the hindsight route, you, regretfully
If I decide on a new door I'll try to make it myself. I think I'm up to
it, although I've never used a router. There's a tool lending library
(free) a 2 block bike ride from my house and I can borrow a router
there. They are also very nice friendly guys generally speaking and I
can bring the door to them and get opinions on both how to repair (if
feasible) or how to make a new one. I might do that before trying the
repair just to get another set of opinions, WTH. What I'm not inclined
to do is enlist the help of a professional for something on this order.
I have zero disposable income and am constantly brainstorming how I can
live more frugally. It's something I like, actually. Well, it forces me
to be creative a whole lot.
The table saw I do have is home made from a bunch of scrap wood, a few
hardware odds and ends, and a used clothes drier motor I bought for $5.
It also functions as a grinder, it's more typical function, however I
have used it as a table saw many times (with a 7 1/4 inch circle saw
blade). I made an adjustable fence for it.
Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net