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Anyone Have Any Experience With Wood Filler Around a Doorknob?
Posted by: chopper
Date: December 13, 2008 09:53AM
The area around the doorknob on the interior of our front door looks like a machine gun was shot into it. We've tried to re-mount the plate several times with not very lasting results. I guess at this stage I am looking for plan B, but don't exactly know what that is.

Wood filler seems to last about two months.
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Re: Anyone Have Any Experience With Wood Filler Around a Doorknob?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: December 13, 2008 09:59AM
I take it the doorknob was remounted many times, or it got picked on a lot. You have three basic alternatives, stretching downward in price:
1- new door
2- Escutcheon plate (essentially a sexy looking washer that covers over the holes, like a switch plate)
3- Epoxy wood filler. But when you put it in, you have to make sure that it has enough stuff to grip onto to hold it together.
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Re: Anyone Have Any Experience With Wood Filler Around a Doorknob?
Posted by: billb
Date: December 13, 2008 10:02AM
The two screws that hold the escutcheon and knob assembly onto the door keep loosening ?
Loctite on the screws.
and put some graphite on the turning parts while it's apart, too.


If you're using wood filler like dry wall mud - that won't work. :-)
Routering or milling out to a consistant depth and filling with a new piece of hard wood will work better.
Epoxy might work if the door is painted and you can hide the epoxy.
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Re: Anyone Have Any Experience With Wood Filler Around a Doorknob?
Posted by: lafinfil
Date: December 13, 2008 10:38AM
Not sure that I understand 100% which part of the problem you are trying to tackle but it sounds
like you have been using wood filler to plug the screw holes which have become oversized and will
no longer hild the mounting screws for the face plate - is that correct ?

If that is the case then there are solutions like suggested - epoxy filler etc ... but you might try this old trick.
Remove the screw and take a wooden match stick and put a little yellow carpenters glue on it and try to
squirt some into the hole. Tap the matchstick into the hole and snap it off flush with the door surface.
After the glue dries then reinstall the plate with the screws - the wood matchstick will fill the void and allow
for a better grip.

I used this many times over the years and it always does the trick.



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Re: Anyone Have Any Experience With Wood Filler Around a Doorknob?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: December 13, 2008 11:38AM
Oh, fil is absolutely correct. If it's a screw hole, you need to put some fiber in there with it. I use toothpicks. In fact I have a bottle of toothpicks and a bottle of wood glue in my 'fix stuff' toolbag.
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Re: Anyone Have Any Experience With Wood Filler Around a Doorknob?
Posted by: Black Landlord
Date: December 13, 2008 01:37PM
Great tips!



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Re: Anyone Have Any Experience With Wood Filler Around a Doorknob?
Posted by: slbett
Date: December 13, 2008 04:52PM
Do not use Loctite Red. You would need Loctite Blue (242) so you can take it apart again. Wood toothpicks are the trick.
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