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Old 07-30-2012, 12:39 PM   #1
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I have an old garage door that I'd like to repair



Reason I want to repair is because the ground is unlevel and a new door wouldnt sit right at the moment (I think the concrete foundation has raised sunk with the frost thaw cycle here in new york)


door is still functional and opens/closes without issue

I've tried to repair some of the rot but its gone too far and would take a lot of mud and shaping to get right

anyway I was thinking to just veneer the entire door and make it completely flush with something thin like hardboard, plywood or formica?

It needs to be thin and weather resistant to last us another few years... what would be the most cost effective repair beside a new door? I'm talking maybe $60



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That door is just not worth fixing!
A new door with a scribed to fit shim screwed to the bottom of it to get you by until you rip out that drive would work far better.

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While I would love to see the finished effort and what comes of it, I just don't think there is anything to even nail to there.
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First of all, thanks for the replies! I appreciate any criticism on this problem.

well, heres what I have got done so far



I cut a strip of wood and filled in where the rot was.

Replaced the rotten panel. Added some paint.

I figured if I was going to make it flush Id have to fix some of the rot

I like the result so far... I've only got about $20 invested

Probably just going to finish it up with another tub of wood filler and paint the whole door until I get another door.

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Some more feather sanding out of those undulations and a finish coat of paint might get you a pretty nice finished product.

Good work.

Post up the final pictures.
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wasnt able to feather it the way I would have liked because of time constraints but it did come out pretty decent.... looks even better from far away

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Good work.

Should buy you some more time before you swap it out.
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I was kinda hoping to see the formica option... Looks decent though. I'm sure that you realize that it is nothing more than a short term band-aid, but in that capacity you did a nice job.

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