My brother has recently let a house to some rather pernickety folk.
The front door, 6 panel hardwood, has hairline cracks through two of the
panels. The cracks are dead straight and obviously where the glue joint
between the two boards has failed when the timber shrank.
Cracks are less than 1mm in width. No way to fit a sliver of wood in the
New tenants are moaning about this and want a new door. This to me seems way
I was thinking of mixing up some fine sandings (of similar colour) with pva
and possibly water then applying this to the cracks. Clean off and allow to
dry. Then lightly sand as reqd and apply matching finish.
Do you think this is a goer or have any alternative suggestion?
Panels in panelled doors are supposed to be a loose fit - they fit
into grooves to allow for shrinkage and expansion. So that when the
wood shrinks the only problem should be a strip of unstained or unpainted
wood which may appear at the side.
This is also something to take into account when painting panel
doors. Don't paint over the joins if this will hinder movement
in the panels.
If you don't believe me check it out on the web.
... is the right answer.
They expand and contract every time humidity and temperature changes
the moisture content in the timber. Paint or varnish at the panel
edges will stop the panels working as they were intended to.
If you want to paint a panelled door, buy a molded one rather than
a real one. Likewise, don't varnish them, but stain or wax instead,
so the timber can continue to move.
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your statement is entirely false.
First of all the ability of water to penetrate is down to the path
length and width and the wind velocity. If these are in fact beyond some
lints the water never gets to te other side,.
Secondly a sliding fit is not a loose fit. Its just not tight enough to
split the wood.
I have 3 solid oak doors that are made with T&G panels with no glue
involved and no water gets through.
Everything you read in newspapers is absolutely true, except for the
rare story of which you happen to have first-hand knowledge. – Erwin Knoll
Speaking as someone who regularly fits slivers of wood in 1mm cracks
if he can't persuade the two faces to butt up, the technique involves
planing a long, tapered shaving of wood from a matching or similar
piece, straightening out the curl and teasing it, thin edge first,
into the gap. That's not the way I'd fix a door, though.
But I agree with the others on here: those pernickety folk can leave
as soon as their agreement expires if they don't like it. Unless there
is a clause about door-cracks in the contract. Or unless this is one
of those thousand-pounds-a-week-type luxury lets where everything
ought to be totally impeccable and they are within their rights to
Stand your ground if it aint causing issues (leaks etc) You will fix
problems but not aesthetics, if they want to replace the door (their
expense) then it will be inspected after installation and if it does not
come up to standard they will pay for a replacement.
That depends on how long you want it to last and whether its exposed to sun
I notice on my old door this and other things like split paint around the
edges of the beading keep on happening after about a year or so of this
temperature cycling. the door is fine otherwise of course.
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