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Old 04-05-2008, 10:55 PM   #1
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had to replace an interior hollow core door in an apt my daughter rented. Actually, it was 2 doors, one of which needed a new jamb, repair a 16 inch whole in wall, repair 2 bifold doors, replace a wired smoke detector and numerous other little repairs. Turns out one of the doors was less than 32 inches wide,didn't notice this until I set hinges and tried to hang the door. Ooops! So, being a little tired and not wanting to drive an hour back and forth to get the correct tools, I proceed to lop off 1/2 inch. Ok, I learned my lesson, door slipped a little and now I have a door that is 31 1/2 inches in most places except for a 6 inch area that is 31 inches. Is there any way to glue some sort of veneer or strip of wood over the area to bring it out to the correct width?
Thanks, I appreciate any help anyone can offer.
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Screwed up in Miami.

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Your'e honestly better off just buying a new door, the correct size.

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Old 04-06-2008, 08:25 AM   #3
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There are 5 doors in the apt and 4 of them are 32' wide. It's just that one door that's 31 1/2" Do they make such a size?
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"MY" question is,,,your daughter 'rented' an apartment,,,where is the owner in this?? WHY are you doing it??

Is this all damage done by your daughter living there?? IF thats the case she should HAVE to work it off,,,so she learns not to do it again!!

Sounds to me like you have a toasted door!!better try to buy a new solid wood edged one and shave that 1/2 carefully off the hinge side!!Unless its not prebored,then off the lock side then bored with right setback!! THIS is a GOOD place for a big table saw so you get a good STRAIGHT cut!!
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ok, here's the story. It's my step-daughter who should be on the Jerry Springer show. She picks all the losers. The latest one destroyed the apartment. She moved back to our house. The owner is being nice and allowing us (me) to fix everything. She doesn't have the money to hire someone so I guess I'm it. In a perfect world, the alcoholic, drugged ex would pay for repairs. Estimates were for over a $1000. He doesn't have two nickels to rub together.
I was thinking of putting 2 shims, thick side to thick side, gluing them and then sand to even it out. I'm looking for any easy way to avoid having to buy a new door, transporting it, cutting etc. I have a week before she has to hand over the keys.
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Phil, You need 31 1/2 correct? And you have 31 in a 6 in area. I would cut the entire door at 31 and then glue and nail on a 1/2 inch strip of whatever matches your door best and re-hang.
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PS. That's if it's a solid door, if not , just fix the 6 in area with whatever.
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You're taking responsibility for the damage to someone else's property that your daughter and/or her ex is responsible for. You're trying to do the right thing by the property owner, but how is it right to cobble together a door that will look and act cobbled together from now on?

You can buy hollow core slabs quite reasonably. Get a new slab and do it right this time. Do a good job, the property owner is doing you a favor. Don't take advantage of them by leaving them a problem they will have to deal with. Fix it right or pay for the repair, but don't screw it up all in the name of bailing your daughter out. Don't add insult to injury.
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I would agree with Rakuz on this one for a cheap fix. Certainly more labor involved, but cheaper. Clamp a straight edge on that baby and rip her down evenly.

HOWEVER, I should also add that Double A said it right and I personally don't think I could sleep at night knowing I did some funky job on these people's place after they were kind enough not to take me to court and sue for damages.

That's just me.
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Just got back from the apartment. I decided to change the door. I guess I have lived in Miami too long. They fix everything down here. You should see some of the vehicles that are on the road. A little baling wire and plywood and you have a dump truck!
You guys are right about doing the right thing. Thanks for getting me back on the right track.

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