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Cheap patches (by Pat [VA]) Nov 23, 2021 11:35 AM
       Cheap patches (by Robert J [CA]) Nov 23, 2021 12:24 PM
       Cheap patches (by Pat [VA]) Nov 23, 2021 12:31 PM
       Cheap patches (by Small potatoes [NY]) Nov 23, 2021 12:36 PM
       Cheap patches (by Busy [WI]) Nov 23, 2021 1:02 PM
       Cheap patches (by WMH [NC]) Nov 23, 2021 2:03 PM
       Cheap patches (by Pat [VA]) Nov 23, 2021 2:28 PM
       Cheap patches (by Steve [MA]) Nov 23, 2021 8:45 PM
       Cheap patches (by don [PA]) Nov 23, 2021 11:27 PM
       Cheap patches (by Ken [NY]) Nov 23, 2021 11:37 PM
       Cheap patches (by Smokowna [MD]) Nov 26, 2021 5:07 AM
       Cheap patches (by MAT [PA]) Nov 27, 2021 12:52 AM

Cheap patches (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Nov 23, 2021 11:35 AM

In the book purchased thru this website, Section 8 Bible, the guy talks about cheap fixes, etc. He says don't use hollow core doors, I second that. In the "sex offender" house with bad water we have been working on and trying to rent, one of the bedroom doors had a small hole in the bottom where someone obviously kicked it. We didn't really want to spring for a new door, just a quick fix. I searched the possibility of a kickplate, but decided that would look funny on an inside door.

So I bought a roll of brown duck tape with the intention of just covering it. We then decided to purchase a round plastic disc like you use to repair a door knob hole. We tried a brown magic marker & it didn't work, too thin, the white shone through. Paint would have been better but sine we were 25 miles from home, he tried the brown duck tape over it & then attached it to the door and it worked.

I'm not proud of having a door with a hole in it, but at least it is not so noticeable now. Your eye does not go straight to it.

Cheap patches (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Nov 23, 2021 12:24 PM

With hollow core doors with holes, you can stuff them with news paper then use regular wall joint compounds to fill in the hole. Let it dry, sand, add one more coat. Sand then prime and paint. Or sometimes I'll use expanding foam, let it dry and cut off the excess, spackle, sand, prime and paint.

Cheap patches (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Nov 23, 2021 12:31 PM

Thanks Robert. Another good idea if you have time.

Cheap patches (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Nov 23, 2021 12:36 PM

I still have some hollow core doors. I just patched 2 holes bigger than my thumb w Adhesive backed spackle tape and feathered out compound over a 2 ft area. not noticible at all. I'm see how it holds up. bondo is also excellent for repair but way more involved process.

Cheap patches (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Nov 23, 2021 1:02 PM

Been there, done that. My husband taught me to patch small drywall holes by tying a string around a piece of wood that is longer (wider ) than the hole. Gob glue on the two ends of the thin slip of wood, insert wood in hole, pull taught with the string, and weight the string. When dry, cut the string out and patch with mud. Also works on hollow core doors.

Another ‘cheap patch’ we use is to give wood floors a very good cleaning, then simply add two coats of polyurethane. Not a complete refinish, or even a partial refinish, worn traffic patterns are still evident. But really brings back the beauty. One new tenant commented that she loved that the floors weren’t perfect, but still looked good. She said they will still be careful, but now they won’t stress with worry over dinging a perfect floor. (And, so far, so good, years later.) Key is to test the poly in a closet first. If it applies nicely, good to go. If it bubbles anytime in process, stop there, do more research.

Cheap patches (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Nov 23, 2021 2:03 PM

Most holes in doors can be covered with a white board, a chalkboard, a cork-board, a full-length mirror or even a series of round mirrors placed sporadically on the door in a random pattern.

They are usually punch or kick marks. We've found that if they are on the outside of the bathroom door, usually kick marks and it's domestic violence as one person locks themselves in the bathroom and the other tries to kick the door down. If on a bedroom door usually punch marks.

Cheap patches (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Nov 23, 2021 2:28 PM

This was at the bottom, but a door that leads from a dining room into a bedroom (I know, these odd 30's bungalows, 2 bedrooms on left side of house & LR/DR on right side, kitchen on back side of house) so very noticeable.

Cheap patches (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Nov 23, 2021 8:45 PM

Spray foam with a topping of joint compound works.

Cheap patches (by don [PA]) Posted on: Nov 23, 2021 11:27 PM

Years ago my partner and I were replacing yet another hollow core door on our Sec 8, with an obvious kick hole in it. Tenants squabble, lock someone out of the bedroom, they kick a hole in the door. Four hours later they are lovey dovey again, and the hole is my problem.

I suggested to my partner that we should go to solid doors. He said no, if the door is solid and they kick it, then the frame will split. The frame is harder to replace than the door. He was right. We simply replaced the hollow core doors. We had it down to a science. Two "non-mortising" hinges screw it right up. Cut the holes for the knob and put it in. Done. Stopped bothering with any type of paint or stain, why bother?

Cheap patches (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Nov 23, 2021 11:37 PM

I have patched hollow core doors with joint compound and tape.This is kind of pathetic,everyone of us has had multiple tenants punch holes in doors and walls but probably very few holes in doors or walls of our own residences.They are tenants for a reason

Cheap patches (by Smokowna [MD]) Posted on: Nov 26, 2021 5:07 AM

Outsiders would ask Why do these types of repairs? Yet, this helps the tenant often. The person on a schedule to get into a place, or the unavailability of a handyman to swap out a door.

There are a couple things to watch for, however you can also laminate a door with Formica. Only works in a few instances where the decor blends.

You know those terrible Bi-fold doors that always show their problems? I've taken them all down in closet opening. I let the teni buy a shower curtain or ? If they so chose. No more of those doors allowed.

Cheap patches (by MAT [PA]) Posted on: Nov 27, 2021 12:52 AM

I do what Busy does, albeit with a screw threaded into the strip of wood instead of a string. When the glue is dry, I just unscrew the screw and patch. --100.34.x.xx

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