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Old 05-15-2011, 07:00 PM   #1
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Caved in hollow board door.


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My closet door caved in for an area of around 10X10 cm. It seems to be hollow which is a surprise to me. Is there anyway I can pull out the caved in part and finish so as to hide this. I dont want to spend for a new door now.Suggestions pls.
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Also any idea on how much a new door of this type would approximately cost. It measures 8X4 ft.



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Old 05-15-2011, 07:33 PM   #2
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Hollow doors are very common in homes nowadays. There is a corrugated cardboard honeycomb to help keep the door faces rigid, each "cell" of the honeycomb is something like 1/3 square foot, the exact shape varies.

You could fill the dent with drywall joint compound and paint the entire door.

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If it is painted, or you plan to paint it, you could use the rigid wire mesh patching material or even mesh tape if the damage is small as you describe. Or just try drywall compound as suggested if you have enough honeycomb structure behind the hole. Use the hot mud type you mix yourself though. It is sold be set-up time from 5 to 120 minutes or so. 20 minute is a good starting point for a dyi.

Be sure you prime the patch before painting.

If you want to keep a wood look you could try tinting epoxy and using that to fill. Epoxy is expensive though. I knew hollow core closet door will not be especially expensive.
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Hi,
My closet door caved in for an area of around 10X10 cm. It seems to be hollow which is a surprise to me. Is there anyway I can pull out the caved in part and finish so as to hide this. I dont want to spend for a new door now.Suggestions pls.
https://picasaweb.google.com/maheshn...eat=directlink

Also any idea on how much a new door of this type would approximately cost. It measures 8X4 ft.



Thanks,
Mahesh
Pulling it out doesn't address the problem of no back support, so it will just cave in again.
What skill set do you have in the fixit skeem of things?
I would remove the pieces to expose the hole
I'd cut a small piece of wood wider and longer then the hole.
Fill the hole with crumbled up newspaper so it pushed out of the hole.
Work the interior wood patch inside the door so it covered the hole.
With a tube of wood glue in one hand, I'd gently push the wood back so you could apply the glue around the wood patch and the door.
Once the glue was applied, let the wood go and the pressure from the paper will hold the wood against the door until it dries.
Apply successive coats of a spackle to fill in the 1/8" depression.
Sand, prime and paint the whole door.
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A new, hollow-core door at local Lowes for example is $26:
http://www.lowes.com/pd_10710-42734-...Dhollow%2Bdoor
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