05:46AM | 02/12/03
Member Since: 02/11/03
3 lifetime posts
I live in a house that was built in 1905. Many of my solid wood interior doors have cracks. Could this be because they hung improperly? Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help.


03:20PM | 02/18/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
You might need to describe these 'crack' a little better.

Are they joints that are openning up from the old glue losing it's umph or are they splits in the wood of the panel sections in the middle of the door?

The former requires good judgement, glue, and clamps

The latter can have several causes - Paint lock, dry climate, porr constuction, misuse, etc. Are these painted or clear finish?


03:36AM | 02/19/03
Member Since: 02/11/03
3 lifetime posts
The interior panels are cracked or split. I painted the doors with a good quality Porter oil base paint and primer. I think these are the original doors which would mean they are almost 100 hundred years old. Most of the cracks have occurred recently. I don't live in a dry climate. I live in the Midwest and it is actually more humid than dry. Any more thoughts?


02:09PM | 02/19/03
Member Since: 06/03/01
327 lifetime posts
I lived in an old (1926) home for many years and thought my doors were cracked. Decided to strip them and see about filling the cracks. Turns out it was mostly the old paint shrinking and cracking. Of course, there were also some small cracks and holes that had to be filled but turned out well. Suggest you strip one and see how tough a job it is. Then can see about filling any real cracks & dings before starting priming & painting.


05:34PM | 02/19/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
I do renovation on old homes and repair this situation often.

Panels in doors are intended to 'float'. This is because wood will expand and contract with the seasons. If the panels are glued so as to be fixed in place, they will either puch the other joints apart or split when shrinking. When building a door, you always seal the edges of the panels to help keep moisture out and then be sure not to get glue on it.

I suspect that when you painted, you inadvertantly securedthe panel in place, ofrcing it to split instaaed of moving with shrinkage. It can be as simple as some paint getting into the rail runway and acting like glue. Or you may have done some repairs that led to the same condition.

Try using a sharp utility knife to barely slit the paint edge where the panel meets the frame. Then wait for a few days.


05:43AM | 02/20/03
Member Since: 02/11/03
3 lifetime posts
I think you are right on the money with the theory that my recent painting "glued" the panels in place. I will remedy this situation immediately. Thanks for your help!


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Even if you turn off your electronics whenever you're not using them, they continue to use energy until you unplug them. S... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... For some decorative recycling, consider burying old bottles upside down to create edging for your garden beds and walkways... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon