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Topic: Repairs & upgrades

N Syk asked:

Jun 21, 2019
Jun 29, 2019

Its painted; go to hardware store.  Buy spackle and sand paper.  Sand it down, spacke the scrapes.  Sand the spackle.  Repeat again, though after this spackle prime the door.  Then spackle and prime and paint.  You are looking at spackle 3 or more times, priming it more than once and then paitning two coats.  Alot of work.  But less expensive than a new door.  

Apr 28, 2019
May 1, 2019

Good afternoon,

The picture of the door looks to have polyurethane applied. If this is the case, that’s most likely an oil based finish. If you are trying to apply a latex base interior paint it will not work unless the finish is completely stripped off.

With out physically seeing this myself I can only speculate this to be the issue. The proper tradesmen to contact would be a Painter.

Apr 28, 2019
May 1, 2019

Thank you for inquiring with Ferris Home Improvements but unfortunatley this is not in our scope of work. Feel free to contact us with any questions or future projects. Have a great afternoon

John Ford asked:

Feb 17, 2014
Feb 19, 2018

If you do not know what you are doing, hire someone who does!  

C E asked:

Jul 16, 2015
Feb 19, 2018

I'm actually not seeing a wire sticking out of the wall to connect to (in either picture).  There should be a wire sticking out somewhere, unless they also clipped that off, or stuffed it behind the window.  Also, did they leave behind the other half of the sensor?  As others said, wireless may be an option if all else fails in your scenario. 

Apr 6, 2017
Sep 18, 2017

As with the previous comments, you can use sandpaper to smooth out some of the damage, but be sure to rub the scratches along the grain of the wood. Next, apply mineral spirits (these are solvents made from paint thinner and petroleum) over the sanded area. Spread on wood filler with a Spackle knife to the damaged parts and allow it to dry as per the filler’s directions. After the wood filler has dried, lightly sand the area once again and brush away any dust before priming and painting your door.

While the image shows damage to the inside of your door, your pet may try scratching on the outside of door and its weather stripping in an attempt to be let inside. In order to prevent future damage to that part of your door, you can add a piece of vinyl lattice that matches the color of your doorframe. Cut the lattice to the length of the doorjamb. Place it over your foam weather stripping. Check to see that your door continues to close properly. Use finishing nails every foot to tack the vinyl lattice securely in place. A small amount of spackling will cover up the nail heads. Now the lattice will protect your weather stripping from further damage.


The right type of door for your home can make a huge difference. We install ProVia doors and they offer DuraGuard Series Storm Doors, which are ideal for keeping pets safely inside with their non-removable stainless steel screening.  

Best of luck with your dog and your door repair! 

May 1, 2017

Zack Huston of GuildQuality PRO answered:

Sep 11, 2017

I have seen a lot of great DIY carpenter bee traps that fill up with bees. I have friends that say the traps keep them out of the house. 

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/carpenter-bee-trap/

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