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Old 02-04-2014, 10:54 AM  
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Oh I thought it was the door jamb of a pre-hung interior door that had been shimmed and all that, with the hinges and lock set etc. If it’s just a strip of MDF then I agree just replace it.



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Oh I thought it was the door jamb of a pre-hung interior door that had been shimmed and all that, with the hinges and lock set etc. If it’s just a strip of MDF then I agree just replace it.
Well it might be. In spec houses they install all kinds of junk and call it prehung door frame. To me it looks like a 1x5 mdf with a shoe molding for a door stop
. but it looks strange when you look at what didn't swell up. I would lean toward having a new frame built for the door but if the rest of the house has this and he wants them to match ??


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No way I would try to patch that. It will look like a patch no matter how you do it. It's just a cheap piece of MDF. Must have been a really really cheap prehung door to have a frame made out of that junk. It's not even good MDF. I have MDF get wet and not go bad like that. Almost looks like cardboard paneling stuff we used to call beaver board.
Buy a new prehung door or build a new frame for the existing door out of real wood.

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Took a look this weekend, the door hinges are attached to that same peice of mdf for those wondering.

07 was the peak of "how fast can we build a house" in Alberta, so I don't doubt they cheaped out on the doors.

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Truth is, the patch will always show. Even if this is a flip, it will not look right. For all the time and trouble, you may as well rip out the entire piece of MDF and replace it.

This does not look like it is on the hinge side, so it is a simple pry and replace. If the hinge side is exploded too (MDF and water do not get along) then rip out the entire frame. For a weekend warrior, it might even be better to rip out the entire door, get a pre-hung replacement, and put it in ... The time spent trying to patch might produce an inferior outcome.

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That’s what I thought you had there. No one can know what your plans are for the place. Sounds like you got a good deal on it. You have lots of good advice here I think the two options I would look at would be buy a whole new pre hung door and do a patch on the part that’s bad. Chances are if you swap doors the new one will look different if that’s a problem change them all. Are you trying to make a show place or just fix it up and flip it? I know Chip Foose could patch the bottom and make it look like new, and I’m pretty sure I could also. It’s just a patch up if you are just trying to get going on a budget patch it and replace when you get ready to do more major work.

I have a fancy oak newel post and banister leading to the upstairs of our new house that the previous owners cats used as a clawing post and another cat would sit on top of the newel cap and claw at the banister. The gouges on the handrail were a good 3/16 deep. Its 100 years old and handmade and the question was replace or repair? I thought I would give the repair a try. I mixed oak floor filler with stain and matched the wood color and spread it on. Sanded it out to shape and went just a little undersize so that some of the higher old wood surfaced a little bit of faux graining and some stain over everything and then varnish and it doesn’t look new but it looks nice and looks like something 100 years old and well maintained. If I was just planning on painting it I would have used Bondo and it would have been a fairly simple fix. Was a lot cheaper than a new stairway and I’m all about cheaper.

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then it's likely some cheap pre-hung, if the rest of the house is the same you wil want to match it. Take you photo to a Windser Plywood or Home Hardwear and see if they know how made it. Or if some one can duplicate it with wood.
And no there hasn't been any bargains in Alberta.

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Have same problem. Would like to hire a contractor to come fix. Who does this kind of work? What should I look for in the phone directory? Does Home depot come out to home to replace the door frame and baseboard that was damaged from water logged?
Let me know thru here. A Senior on fixed income.

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Welcome to the site. HD will likely do that for you. How bad of flood did you have and has that been dried out properly?

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Rule One: Once MDF explodes with moisture, there is no "fixing" it. Tear out and replace.

Rule Two: Chances are sectioning the MDF will leave a line, no matter how hard you try to blend it. Therefore, the best bet is to replace the entire piece.

Rule Three: Neal is almost always right. Diane Neal, of course



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