Just happened to notice light (and a narrow, cold breeze) coming
through a small crack in one panel of my 50-60 yr old front door.
A) quick remedy? Masking tape? Duct tape?
B) recommended caulk or semi-permanent solution? This is a door with
about 1000 layers of paint on it. And *extremely* limited budget for
repair. I.e., no "get a new door."
<< A) quick remedy? >>
Some kind of non-hardening caulk or maybe blue painters tape would be best for
now. The reason the panel cracked is because all the panel edges are glued down
by old paint and when it dried out from winter low humidity it couldn't move.
Cabinet makers get around this problem by allowing panels to float freely. The
crack will tend to close up over spring and summer. Removing the old paint will
help the situation until a new door and your budget coincide. Good luck.
I had a crack like that in my front door. Obviously caulk or putty will
stop the air blowing thru (not that you are going to get all that much air
thru a hole that size), but basically you can't get a permanent fix by
plugging the crack--it will continue to open and close, though taping over
it will last a long time, just look like hell. You probably can't get the
panel to go back to floating if enough paint has gotten into the edges of
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