Wednesday, November 14, 2012

How to fix dried up wood filler.


Wood filler is great for filling in gaps- cracks- and filling in countersunk holes. But sometimes, we leave the lid off and  it dries up and can not be used. Essentially, all wood filler is glue and sawdust mixed together.

My favorite is this one:

Elmer's wood filler 




But here is what happens when the lid is left off overnight:
(sorry my pics are so bad- I think I had something on my phone lens)

Dried up crumbly wood filler. 
Don't throw it away! Resurrect it!

Here's how:

First, I used my "insta-hot" water filler to add about 2 tbsp hot water to the container.

If you don't have an "insta-hot" you can boil 2 tbsp water and add it. Don't add cold water. The point is to turn the filler back into a "hummus" like texture, cold water won't get the crumbles to move. 

Bad pic- sorry!

Then take a paint stirrer- or knife or scrap piece of wood and scrape and stir the crumbles with the water. 

Scrape dry pieces from side and stir.
Then- Put the container in the microwave and microwave for about 1 minute. Don't walk away watch it through the glass!


Microwave it until small bubbles start to form. Don't let it boil over onto the microwave plate!

Then stir, stir, stir. You want the consistency of hummus or a tiny bit thicker.

Ok-

Voila!

See back to the way it was?


Now get back to work!

You are welcome. Happy Building!

Kristen

9 comments:

  1. Thank you! Just saved me a trip to the store and paying for another container of filler.

    :))) Brilliant!

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  2. going to try this tomorrow - glad I saved my old dried up filler! thanks.

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  3. Tried it - but did not work. The filler did not adhere; the water spread around the gap & left a stain. However sawdust mixed with wood glue should do the trick.

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    1. If you had water in it, you probably didn't mix it enough. I jumped off from this idea (my filler was completely dried out to the point of a chisel almost being useless to break it apart) and while I had to use a bit more water and time in the microwave, it not only brought it back to proper consistency it adhered exactly as it should have. I used it immediately to fill in screw holes in a bookshelf I was making.

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  4. It worked like a charm! Thanks for the great tip! :-)

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  5. Revital MitchellJuly 31, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Thank you so much! I almost discarded a full container because the lid was not on tight. I had to add more boiling water to get it to work because it was more to work with. I also made sure to transfer the contents to a glass jar and covered it with plastic and a tight screw on lid. Thanks again for sharing.

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  6. I had a large full container that was dried out, I threw it away yesterday. I ran across your video today, I took it out of the trash and tried to bring it back to life. It worked like a charm and the microwave did all the work for me. Thank you very much for the info, you saved me $11-12 bucks.

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  7. Its All About the RufflesJanuary 8, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    I'm all for saving money. Thank God for the "Google". and yes I know it's not called the Google and Google is just the search engine. But that's what so great about being your own person. You can act a fool and not care. But what I do care about is keeping stuff out of land fill and ground water. So I call this remedy a triple threat to pure waste. Got to love it.

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  8. This saved my hyde big time
    My father let me borrow his wood filler to fix the door I punched holes through
    With big scissors (rage issue, long story) but he forgot to tell me the stuff is in chunks.
    This definitely saved me the hassle, thank you! lol

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