Panel door stile expansion

taylorswayDecember 9, 2008

An age old problem I know... but despite my best efforts

to glue the offending stile to keep it from expanding each

summer, I am now faced with the same problem , same interior door, again. Before I take the clamps to the door to tighten it up (now that drier air exists in the house), so the door will close efficiently, does anybody have any long term solution to this problem apart from replacing

the door. (Fyi, we're dealing with a four panel clear

pine, stained, urethane coated interior door.


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

The usual solution is to seal the top and bottom of the door so moisture can't get in.
I've been in 80 year old houses that have never had these sealed.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2008 at 8:20AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

It's probably not the stiles expanding but the panels in the door. They are too big or glued to the stiles. The panel need to be able to float in the door so that they can expand and shrink.
If the stiles and rails can be pulled apart then do it and adjust the panels so they float in the door.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2008 at 8:38AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Roof leaking due to antique bricks? (X-post with Bldg a Home)
Good morning! We are having a problem with our new...
Insulating an inaccessible crawl space?
My 1940s bungalow style house sits on a crawl space...
Big shelving project part 2
This is a follow up to this thread: This...
What type of wall is this and how do I fix it?
The bottom part of my closet interior wall is crumbling,...
Water Drip Stain on Roof Fascia?
My roof edge on the corners of the front porch is leaving...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™