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Old 10-13-2013, 12:17 PM   #16
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Today is the day. I had to wait to get a chemical by mail that was specified in the termite inspector report. Now I am doing the bondo. I would go with oh'mike's suggestion in a heartbeat, if it wasn't that the destroyed area is into the profile and where the panel inserts fit into the groove in the streamers. So it's bondo.

The termite guy even came by yesterday to show me just how to do the job and saved me a lot of work on something else that I didn't understand. (An easy job in another area.) I was going to get this Wood Filler from bondo, but he said just use the automotive stuff. I also called Bondo the other day and was told by a tech, not a salesman, that they are basically the same thing.

I will let you know how this progresses. I do have to do it in layers as I build it up from the bottom.

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Spent most of the day trying to find supplies that I wanted, which was mainly the mini-wax wood hardener. At the last minute I decided I wanted it for added strength. I also placed the single screw to help add strength. The original doors had joints fastened with a dowel, glue and staple. After the hardener cures, I am going to surface the area with some sandpaper to ensure that the bondo isn't just in contact with a layer of hardener.
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If you have a multi-tool and a router. you could cut out the bad wood neatly --then make some replacement parts and glue them in with Titebond III--a bit of wood filler to hide the edges---
that is exactly what i was going to say. seems a no brainer to me.
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that is exactly what i was going to say. seems a no brainer to me.
Maybe down the road, but this has to be done quick and dirty in order to pass an inspection and close on a refi. While I have a 2 HP router that was recently left me, I don't have a table for it but that would be one way to do a quality repair. Basically I would fashion an upside down "T". Meanwhile, the bondo looks like it will do the trick until I have time to take that door section apart and do it right. (The money I will save on getting new doors will more than pay for a decent router table.

The problem then is that one section will be standing when the rest of the three doors is falling apart, but that is a problem I would like to have.

Here is a pic of the mess after I started layering on the Bondo. This is just the regular automotive product. Tomorrow, I should be ready to prime and paint.
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your way is going to take way longer than splicing in wood.

but, i wish you luck
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I am slowly putting down layers of bondo and almost have the holes filled in. Job would have been done if not for having to spend most of the day on emergencies for the women. [The bottom pic is the damage on the right side of the same panel, which was less extensive.]
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Other than giving it a second coat of paint, it's done.
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You do excellent work. Don't be surprised if a few auto body shops ring your phone.
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Termites are very harmful for the wood specially doors or windows, try to replace with new door otherwise termites will harm the whole wooden material of your house.
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There aren't any termites. At least in California, a termite inspector reports if they find dry any rot that would make a tasty treat for termites. The areas of soft wood were removed, the good wood treated and the holes filled with bondo epoxy, after treating the area with bora care. Bora care kills termites should they ever much on treated wood. Consequently, the old wood is a better termite preventative than new wood.

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