Wood Putty and Wood Glue Make a Formidable Compound

Wood glue with diluted water can enhance a wood putty formula in many ways. It can increase adhesion, tensile strength, and flexibility. The formula won’t shrink and is less likely to crack. Another benefit is that the compound is paintable/stainable.

Simply add wood glue to the mixing water and stir thoroughly. The ratio can vary, but you can easily judge your mix by the color and consistency of the water.

After the glue-water is stirred, add the powdered putty and mix well.


The oak saddle which divides the wood floor from the ceramic tile is sitting on an un-level surface. The saddle had to be raised an inch and a half on the left side in order to be flush with the tile. After some wood shims and finishing nails were installed, the wood putty/wood glue mix was used to fill the entire gap between the oak divider and the floor. (Tape was used to mask it off.)

The saddle and the wood putty were both stained with the same color: Golden Oak.

When the heavy-set new tenants moved in, they initially gave the whole apartment the stomp test. So far the repair has held up.


Wood Putty and Wood Glue Make a Formidable Compound

Annoying Doorknob Holes

A Quick fix for those annoying doorknob holes

It makes no sense to spackle over a doorknob hole when the metal knob continues to make contact with the soft gypsum. This problem can be easily rectified with a few common items likely to be found on the bottom of any average tool box: An  anchor, a pan head screw, and a flat washer.


Simply ream a hole at the exact location where the knob strikes the wall with a drill bit or hand tool. The diameter of the hole should accommodate the anchor being used. The anchor should not be loose, nor should it be too snug. You want to be able to hand push ninety percent of the anchor into the hole and tap the remaining section flush with the wall using a tool, or piece of scrap wood.

If you wish to paint the wall guard to match the existing walls, be sure to use a metal based primer.

*  If the knob strikes the wall guard with excessive force,  that knob is more likely to sustain damage from impact. It is recommended that you avoid slamming doors whenever possible.



Annoying Doorknob Holes