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Repairing Doors

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    LESLIE: Yvonne in Texas is dealing with some damaged doors. How can we help you?

    YVONNE: Well, I have hollow core doors; they’re the oak kind from the 70s.

    TOM: Right.

    YVONNE: And they have holes in them from the previous owners of the home.

    TOM: Mm-hmm.

    YVONNE: We’re going to eventually replace them, so I don’t want to put a lot into them but I would like for them to look better.

    TOM: OK …

    YVONNE: So is there anything I can do to repair them?

    LESLIE: Cover them with wallpaper.

    YVONNE: Oh, that’s a good day.

    LESLIE: (chuckling) Hide it.

    TOM: Yeah, but even if you do that you’re still going to have like sort of the depressed-in area where the holes are. Are these big holes; like fist holes or foot holes or are they little, tiny ones?

    YVONNE: They look like fist holes or foot holes.

    TOM: Ugh, that’s hard.

    LESLIE: Angry previous homeowner.

    YVONNE: Yes.

    TOM: You know what you might want to do? Why don’t you pick up some luan plywood, which is sort of the material that many of those hollow-core doors are made with …

    LESLIE: Are framed with, yeah.

    TOM: … and just put another layer on the top. You’ll have to reset the hinges to make up for the thickness of the plywood …


    TOM: … but you could essentially relaminate those door slabs with some very thin luan plywood and they would look great.

    YVONNE: Alright. Thank you very much.

    TOM: You’re welcome, Yvonne. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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