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eskimo42 08-15-2006 09:49 AM

Drilled wrong spot in my door
Ok so I had to install a door lock and knob and everything new. So I drilled except i drilled too close to the left and the latch does not go in all the way. So what is the best way to do this, can I fill it in with wood putty let it dry and then re-drill more to the right in the correct spot? How about bondo? Then I would have to drill through the bondo or wood putty for the latch and I'm not sure that's possible?

Any help would be much appreciated!


scorrpio 08-15-2006 10:58 AM

Did you use a hole saw? If so, find the piece you drilled out and epoxy it back in. Then, cut the new hole.

AtlanticWBConst. 08-15-2006 11:20 AM

Scorpio has it right.
There's not much you can do beyond that, outside of buying a new door. It sounds like you are painting the door (Hopefully).
You should do as Scorpio wrote. Use wood glue to re-install your cut out round (again, assuming you used a 'hole-saw').
If the 'round' is non-usable', cut out a new one from scrap wood and install.

As was cited already, you can use wood-epoxy or bondo. skim Coat the repaired area, let dry, & sand...then repeat, until it looks right. Then - recut your hole at the right location. (Yes, you can drill through the wood epoxy/bondo)

Good Luck!

Daryl 08-20-2006 07:26 PM


does your door have a texture to it or a smooth surface?

if there is a texture (wood grain) to the door you are looking at a new door as you will not be able to match the texture.

the 2 above posters have it right. :thumbsup:

good luck


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