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Hi,

I have a home in a historic district. On my front entry door, the strike plate is loose mainly because the wood on the door frame behind it is chipped and rotted. Is there a way to repair this without replacing the door frame? If I'm unable to do this myself, who would I call to fix this? Seems like the doors and windows people will only install/fix the doors that I would have to purchase from them.

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You can buy a product that turns rotten wood into a solid piece of wood again. There are many companies that sell the product. Here is one of them. http://www.loghomestore.com/c55-epoxy.php. Home Depot may sell something like this. I know Menards does. There is a liquid which is applied in one step. But I believe the 2 part epoxy works better. I used it many times when remodeling a home with rotten window sills. You should be able to do it yourself.
Another option is to cut out the rotten section and put a new solid wood in it's place. Then buy a door plate large enough to cover the new wood so it doesn't show. i have used one of those sleaves that go on the edge of the door that is sold as extra security against someone trying to break in. http://www.menards.com/main/doors-windows/door-window-hardware/security-entry-do

Your last resort would be find a cabinet maker or a wood shop that makes custom wood items.  

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