How to Repair Door Rot


Door rot is a common aggravation and causes many people to replace their entire door frame. The rot generally occurs low on the frame, near the ground where it suffers from rain and other damaging elements. Most people think that once door rot sets in there is no fix other than ripping out the frame. Yet there is an easy and painless way to deal with an isolated patch of dry rot that doesn’t require expensive door remodeling.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice pick
  • Drill-powered wood rasp
  • Two-part wood repair epoxy
  • Utility knife
  • Take an ice pick and puncture the rotted wood. Insert the ice pick until you reach the good wood underneath.

  • Chisel out the punctured dry rot with a drill-powered wood rasp. Grind into the wood until all of the rot falls away and the clean, healthy wood is exposed.

  • Prepare a batch of two-part wood repair epoxy. Follow the directions on the package to make enough epoxy to fill the gap left by the dry rot.

  • Press the epoxy into the wood until the entire gap is filled. Let the epoxy cure for an hour. Work quickly while the epoxy remains pliable. You will have about 10 minutes to get the epoxy into place in the wood.

  • Smooth down the epoxy so it blends into the rest of the wood. Trim away any excess epoxy with a utility knife.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the epoxy is in an exposed area, paint it over to match the rest of the frame.
  • Keep your hand away from the tip of the ice pick when gouging out the dry rot.

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