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Old 06-02-2009, 07:39 PM   #1
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had to break down a door, how to repair splintered wood around lock area?


I had to break down a door, and a long piece of the door frame around the lock area almost completely splintered off, as well as the part of the lock attached to the door came off (however, it seems to be reattachable--it was held in place by two screws, and I can fit the screws back into the holes in which they were. They are along the line where it started to splinter. When I try to push the piece of wood back into place, it juts out a little, probably due to errant splinters of wood in the area where it splintered off that are now sticking out and preventing it from lying flush. Should I sand this down? Would I then just glue the screws of the lock back into place, and what should I use to reattach the piece of wood? I snapped a picture of the piece of wood using my cell phone, sorry the quality is so bad.

I realize this all sounds a bit shady, but as you might be able to tell from the picture, this was just a door inside my house that I stupidly managed to lock from the inside.


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New prehung door.

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er...that's a bit out of my price range. What if I just sanded it down, glued the screws back in place, used wood glue to reattach the chunk of wood, and filled in the gaps with wood putty?
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How about just buying a new piece of jam and replace it..
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You can try to glue,patch etc. lotsa work. as far as replacing that jamb ya gotta take to door fram out to do it right at that point new door is easier
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Sure, just glue it. It won't lock anyone out, and will look like someone tried to repair it, but didn't quite pull it off. It may not latch or even close right from the kick. Put more paint on it to hide the repair but it may stick or rub there. Be safe, G
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If the casing is separate from the frame, how about glue in the piece broken from the frame and replace the casing? Use a good wood glue and some clamps.
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er...that's a bit out of my price range. What if I just sanded it down, glued the screws back in place, used wood glue to reattach the chunk of wood, and filled in the gaps with wood putty?

If it is a interrior door you are looking at $30.00-50.00 depending on size, brand, where you are at. Exterrior doors start at about $100.00 at hd or L. Look ok too.
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There are many ways to open a locked interior door without breaking it down. Remove the hinge pins or unscrew the knobs and turn the latch .
This is for next time.
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You made me think, Ron. The hinge pins and screws to the lock are usually on the same side (inside) as the lock. But even in the 70's when I first installed privacy locksets, they had the center hole in the knob for getting a child out having a bad day. And the current ones have a slotted button in the knob. It's a code thing. Hopefully the Op's has one. Be safe, G
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If you absolutely have to destroy something to get through a locked door...use a 1/4" drill and take the center out of the key way, letting the pins fall out. Replace the key way and pins an you're back in business. DAMHIKT...had to do it on my own house...once.
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You made me think, Ron. The hinge pins and screws to the lock are usually on the same side (inside) as the lock. But even in the 70's when I first installed privacy locksets, they had the center hole in the knob for getting a child out having a bad day. And the current ones have a slotted button in the knob. It's a code thing. Hopefully the Op's has one. Be safe, G
You can usually find some thing to go into the hole. I've used a paperclip on occassion for the push ones or a 6d finish nail. Small electronic screw driver for the ones that turn.
It would have to be a real emergency for me to break open the door.
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It's all those darn cop shows that teach these things you know.

Personally, I have used those wooden BBQ skewers to rescue the daughter from the bathroom. Poked it in the little hole in the doorknob.
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First sign up for Anger Management Classes. Cause accidentally locking the door wasn't what you did stupidly - it was the way you unlocked it.

I suppose you could try to clean up the splintered edges enough to glue it back together but it's going to be very weak and probably not look good unless you're very patient - and I think we've pretty much figured out how patient you are.
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The picture is not all that good but it looks like you busted out the jamb and trim on that one side. You can buy a new jamb and trim to replace the busted ones and fit them in.

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