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Old 01-30-2014, 10:31 PM   #1
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The edge of the door, from garage into laundry room, has these grooves. Today priming the other doorway in laundry room I found 2 more areas like this. They're about 2' up from floor and the areas are about 16" tall.

On the other side of the doorway (inside laundry room) I see definite scratches like from a pet that was closed up in laundry room. But that can't be reason for the gouges outside the laundry.

I had a clean termite inspection when I moved in.

The wood is 30 yo oak.

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Not likely.

Is it soft? If it is near the base, the wood can draw moisture from the bottom but that doesn't look like what is happening there.

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Looks like claw marks to me.
Not worth taking the time to sand. Want it to look better? Just replace it with new wood.
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There is no reason you'd get rot on trim like that in just a 16" area and a couple feet from the floor. It looks like claw marks to me.
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Poke it with a screwdriver. Does it go into it?
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There is a possibility that it's old termite damage. I've seen them tunnel just under the paint surface - when you take the paint off, it can look like that.
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I poked it with screwdriver and wood is hard.

I'd go with scratch marks but it's also on edge of door going into garage. Strange that it's on both sides of doorway and up fron floor same distance.

I don't blame home inspector for not seeing it or the termite guy as this hallway is a bit dark.

For now I'll paint over it. Somedayll try to replace the wood.

When my wallet recovers from Xmas I'll be calling the termite guy to get on schedule, as he suggested when I moved in.

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On a new subject regarding wood..........the reason I won't try replacing wood now is that I can't hammer straight.

I replaced a short PC of baseboard behind dryer. Not much space to work in and it was so hard to nail. For every strike of the hammer I only hit the nail 1 out of 5 times. What is the secret to hitting the nail? I bent many nails. And, I dented the baseboard terribly. Finally I just hit the nails at the side and wrapped them up on the baseboard since I couldn't get them in. I hate that it's do sloppy looking but as it's behind the dryer I won't have to look at it.
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Nail holder may help.
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Pneumatic nail gun.
I never would, but you can also predrill the hole in the trim.
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Never heard of a nail holder before.

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You can get a compressor and nail gun for pretty cheap. I got this one new for $50 on sale from sears:

http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-e...p-00915206000P

Great for chair rail, crown molding, baseboards, etc.
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From the pic it looks like old wood with raised grain.
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^^^^That pic looks a bit more suspicious, perhaps some termite damage, although I hope not, SO.

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