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Old 12-05-2007, 06:16 AM   #1
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My air condition vent was leaking in my bathroom. It leaked so much that water got on the bottom corner (side that latches) of the door. Now that corner has expanded and drags on the floor and you have to push hard for the door to latch closed. Is there a way to repair the door or do I have to buy a whole new one

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Depending on the severity of the damage, I wouldn't rule out replacing the door altogether.

Do you have any pictures?

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Replace the door....
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Thank you.
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You might just consider waiting. Wood expands when it gets wet but then contracts as it dries. You may not have a problem at all. Try to just leave the door open so as not to potentially crack the joints from forcing it while it's in it's expanded state. I had a pipe break in my home that expanded several doorways to where you could not close them....they dried out with no visible damage.....and it's been like 7 years. The doors close fine.
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If you choose to wait and see, get a few tubs of Damp Rid (dessicant) or another brand in the meantime and place them in the bathroom near the door. It's readily available at supermarkets, hardware stores, home centers, etc.
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It is true that wood should be given a chance to shrink back to it's shape.....assuming that it is a solid wood door.
However, by the sounds of the problem, I am ''guessing'' that it is an MDF door.
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I really don't know if it's a solid wood door or not. The door was here when I moved in in March. It think all the doors in the house were just replaced in Februry or March. I will try the Damp Rid to see if it works.

Spyco, about how long did it take for your door to get back to normal? I have waited 3 days now.
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My doors took about a month to close properly again. I just left them open for the duration. If you want to check if you have wood or MDF doors get on a ladder and check the top surface. Most painters don't bother to paint it. If it looks like compressed sawdust (no grain pattern) with 2 "skins" or outer surfaces glued on the door is a composite and probably never return to it's former dmentions. If it looks like solid wood then I'd wait.
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My air condition vent was leaking in my bathroom. It leaked so much that water got on the bottom corner (side that latches) of the door. Now that corner has expanded and drags on the floor and you have to push hard for the door to latch closed. Is there a way to repair the door or do I have to buy a whole new one
Most interior doors are so cheaply made that repairing it is usually pointless. I guess you could plane or cut a little off the bottom.
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I looked at the top of the door. It was painted, but I knocked on the door and it sounded hollow. So, I am assuming it is not solid wood. I guess I will just need to replace the door.

I did put damp rid in the bathroom and I noticed that it has taken the moisture out of the bathroom. It smells a lot fresher.

The only thing now is I am starting to see mold on the bathroom wall. I need to know how to get rid of that now.

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