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Anonymous 07/18/14(Fri)13:55 UTC+1 No.669455 Report

alright /diy/. I am an idiot and punched my bathroom door awhile back. What is my best option for repairing/covering it up without buying a new door. I live in an apartment, so at some point I need it to look near perfect.

>pic related
Anonymous 07/18/14(Fri)14:13 UTC+1 No.669461 Report

>hollow core door
>wood grain veneer
>wants to repair it to look perfect
Anonymous 07/18/14(Fri)14:37 UTC+1 No.669470 Report


yea i fucked up. I may be able to get by with a wood fill type fix, given the property has switched owners since i moved in, just try to convince them it was like that before. still any pointers etc. would be appreciated
Anonymous 07/18/14(Fri)14:53 UTC+1 No.669475 Report

pic related until it's filled - do it in thin layers
set of 'magic marker' stain pens for a few dollars
it will never look 'right' but it may get you by

hollow core door slab costs $25 at local hardware store
stain costs $5
top coat $7
your labor - priceless
Anonymous 07/18/14(Fri)15:24 UTC+1 No.669481 Report

put a dab of wood filler on it spread in even let in dry sand it to surface then go to a places that sells home d├ęcor type shit and find either contact paper of wall paper that matches wood grain of door and paper over door
Anonymous 07/18/14(Fri)15:37 UTC+1 No.669488 Report

>need it to look near perfect
Your first solution would have been prevention: Learn to control yourself and your anger. Your next solution is to replace the door, since you can NOT 'repair' it and leave no trace. Basically you're fucked, pay for a door, hope they don't notice.
Anonymous 07/18/14(Fri)16:33 UTC+1 No.669507 Report

You fucked the door you are renting. Just tell the landlord. Chances are they will appreciate your honesty and give you a chance to make it right. You might just learn a lesson about breaking other peoples shit
Anonymous 07/18/14(Fri)17:23 UTC+1 No.669534 Report

Just tell the landlord you slipped in the bathroom and knocked your head into the door and cracked it.
Anonymous 07/18/14(Fri)17:28 UTC+1 No.669537 Report

>Chances are they will appreciate your honesty and give you a chance to make it right.

Former landlord here, and while that might be true for a private landlord renting his own house,
apartments are almost always owned and run by soulless bureaucratic management agencies
who will probably charge OP an arm & a leg for replacing a cheep ass hollow-core interior door.

OP is better off replacing the entire door himself, as any patch job will look like shit and be
immediately noticed by the soulless bureaucratic manager, whose job is to look for patch-jobs
like that (and who will instantly charge OP an arm & a leg for replacement).
Anonymous 07/18/14(Fri)18:30 UTC+1 No.669548 Report

tfw living in ontario where tenants' right override the landlords'

Anonymous 07/18/14(Fri)19:07 UTC+1 No.669559 Report

>living in ontario where tenants' right override the landlords'

Here in the U.S. there are "pro-tenant" states (California, obviously) and "pro-landlord" states
but even in Canukistan, tenant rights don't include trashing the residence.
Anonymous 07/18/14(Fri)19:55 UTC+1 No.669569 Report

Put in a peephole
Anonymous 07/18/14(Fri)20:31 UTC+1 No.669585 Report

Purchase some termites online. Stick them inside the door, mist some water inside the hole, let them do their worst. Call landlord when the door starts to show deterioration clearly caused by termites.
Anonymous 07/19/14(Sat)19:49 UTC+1 No.669982 Report

You dropped your Nokia?
Anonymous 07/19/14(Sat)22:22 UTC+1 No.670032 Report

>but even in Canukistan, tenant rights don't include trashing the residence.

not sure if you're trolling or not but...

tenants don't have the right to damage the property, but when they do, the landlord has little recourse

in ontario it can take months to kick out a tenant, some game the system to extend their stay to half a year after the landlord goes to tribunal. meaning the landlord is out of rent for that time plus the damage to the property that these types of tenants cause.
Anonymous 07/19/14(Sat)22:58 UTC+1 No.670043 Report


That's why deposits exist.
Anonymous 07/19/14(Sat)23:02 UTC+1 No.670045 Report


Security or damage deposits are illegal in Ontario...first and last months rent is all they can collect...
Anonymous 07/19/14(Sat)23:20 UTC+1 No.670052 Report

>in ontario it can take months to kick out a tenant
>Security or damage deposits are illegal in Ontario

I hate it when shitty law like this gets put into place for the sake of renters, when instead it ends up fucking everything up for most renters and only helps the shitty human trash renters who intentionally game the system.

Make it hard/take months to get a renter out, so landlords increase deposit amounts and require more last months' rent up front to avoid getting screwed when someone stays in the property for 6 months rent free and damages it the whole time.

Put restrictions on deposits (either amounts or not allowing them) or last months rent (either amounts or not allowing them) and rent increases to match the increase in risk in renting to someone.

Put price restrictions on rent amounts charged, and it becomes a hassle to rent from anywhere because they'll require a full background check, credit report and 4+ references from previous landlords to even consider renting to you. Getting a place to rent becomes as difficult and time-consuming a task as getting hired into a well paying job in your field.

Put restrictions on what a landlord can require as part of the pre-rent screening process, and all of a sudden people start only renting to other people they know or have people who can vouch for them, or skirt the law and do the background checks anyway, or just don't rent to anyone that could possibly be a risky renter. If the area is thorough about going after people that turn risky people away from renting or do background checks, expect those renting opportunities to disappear too.
Anonymous 07/19/14(Sat)23:21 UTC+1 No.670053 Report

When all the above restrictions have been put into place, enjoy having the only rental areas available be barely-habitable just-to-code shitholes that rent for the maximum legal amount per month since they know they have you over a barrel as they and others like them offer the only available housing after other restrictions have driven everyone else out of the market since it's too risky to be worth it to rent for them. What are you gonna do, not move to that city where your job is located? Ha. And by the time you've saved enough to be able to mortgage a house of your own and move out there's 4 more like you ready to rent. The shitholes don't care if you damage things because there's nothing there to damage hardly, and if you somehow do they're already making enough by renting far above what they could normally charge in a regular market that it doesn't matter to them anyway.
Anonymous 07/19/14(Sat)23:25 UTC+1 No.670057 Report

If its a slab it would e easier to just buy a new one from Home depot for like $25.
Anonymous 07/20/14(Sun)00:45 UTC+1 No.670073 Report


Anyway OP...there is no 'easy way' to fix your fuck up...sorry to say...

Go to HD...a mahogany slab door is $27 for a 30x80...get someone to install it for you, get a litre of varathane, and a decent brush, a couple sheets of 220g sandpaper and get to work...

I hope this helps...
Anonymous 07/20/14(Sun)02:52 UTC+1 No.670125 Report

Buy a new door, these shittty hollow core things can't be fixed.
Don't make the attempt to fix it. But, if you do you'll need to buy a new sheet of veneer to throw on.
Learn to control your anger.
Anonymous 07/20/14(Sun)03:21 UTC+1 No.670137 Report


Not sure how you think that was "trolling" but a pro-tenant bias =/= right to destroy property.

Sure, it may be a pain in the ass for the landlord but tenants can be sued for recovery of damages.
Anonymous 07/20/14(Sun)04:25 UTC+1 No.670160 Report

thats pretty small OP. in most normal places they have laws like cosmetic damage isn't counted as damage.

In western australia it just has to be left as livable condition.

put a scratch on the polished wooden floor? no you dont need to sand it back and recoat it to get it perfect again.

walked past some flaky paint on the wall outside and it brushed off? no you dont need to repaint the whole house.

In queensland though, they can fuck you for 300$ out of your deposit to hire professional cleaners on the grounds of "dusty walls" even if its not dusty.

its all about understanding that you are going to live in the house and so you're paying money to do so. obviously if you're living in a house there is going to be minor wear and tear over time.

its not your responsibility to have the house in perfect condition so it rents for more at the next open house.
Anonymous 07/20/14(Sun)04:33 UTC+1 No.670164 Report

the trolling part is based on answering me based on the unreasonable premise that tenants have the right to destroy the landlord's property.

you obviously have no real world experience with problematic tenants or using the court system. the likelihood of recovery from tenants through small claims court is basically nonexistent. it also costs time and money.
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