05:46AM | 02/12/03
Member Since: 02/11/03
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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