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Filling crack in a wood door is easier with a putty stick

Q. Is there a way to insert wood filler in a crack in an exterior door? Can it be done without removing the door?

Mrs. Elsie Bousquet Ashland, Ore.

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A. It's likely that the wood door shows no crack when the seasonal rains keep the wood expanded. Right?

Come summer and drier weather, rub a putty stick on both sides of the open crack until the crack is filled. Select a putty stick in color matching the paint already on the door. Then you may not have to repaint the door.

Applied with a putty knife, plastic wood might also be used, but then you'd have to repaint the door. Also, this process is fussier than the putty-stick method.

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