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spec3oh
Restoring 1926 Windows Sills
spec3oh

My wife and I are in the process of restoring our (what seem to be) original windows in our 1926 house. We have stripped most of the paint with chemicals, taking numerous safety precautions, and are removing a bunch of old caulking. My question is, when you're dealing with a small (1/8 or less) gap between two pieces of wood, is wood filler or caulking better to use?

Also, this is only for the wood work around the windows. The windows themselves have been replaced with vinyl ones. We will be using caulking for that seam. The joints in question are the multiple joints between the wood work around the window.

Thanks... first time poster. This forum looks great.

A. Spruce
Re: Restoring 1926 Windows Sills
A. Spruce

If you're referring to corner and butt joints in trim, it is better to use caulk, as it remains somewhat flexible and will allow movement of the wood during temperature and humidity changes. Wood filler is for places where there is no movement of the materials in question, otherwise the filler is going to crack, leak, and fall out in fairly short order.

spec3oh
Re: Restoring 1926 Windows Sills
spec3oh

Ah, that makes sense. Thanks for the info, A. Spruce!

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