Locksmith Richardson can assist you with repairs or replacement parts for your commercial or residential doors. Various types of locks including deadbolts, lever locks, and smart locks, door jabs, and frames are among the door hardware they can fix.
However, repairing a wood door after the removal of a deadbolt latch, on the other hand, is a difficult operation. The lock cylinder leaves a nearly 2-inch-diameter hole in the door, as well as a hole through the door frame where the bolt used to be when the door was locked. With no physical support for the patching material, that’s a lot of space to fill.
Regular wood fillers are suitable for shallow repairs, are available in several wood types, and can be colored to match. Unfortunately, the huge gap in a wooden frame or door needs a more tough filler that is difficult or impossible to remove or pull out. Products based on polyester or epoxy resin are among the most weather-resistant and long-lasting. These two-part mixtures are often mixed in smaller quantities and stacked to conceal the hole. They resemble auto body filler, which is widely used to repair major holes in wood. Although some of these heavy-duty fillers are stain able, the results can vary widely, so test the color beforehand to see if you can live with the result.
When it comes to durability and structural integrity, real wood is hard to beat when it comes to filling a large hole in a door. For the rounded hole in the door edge left by the bolt, a dowel of the appropriate diameter works well. A large dowel, however more difficult to come by, works nicely as a filler for the lock cylinder hole. The exposed end grain of the dowel will look rather different and stain considerably deeper than the surrounding wood, so you’ll probably have to paint the door. Cut a piece of wood with the face grain exposed, known as a dutchman in woodworking vernacular, if you’re handy and have a router with the right templates.