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cracks in the walls

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07-18-06, 08:12 AM   #1  
cracks in the walls

I just bought a home in an area known for foundation problems. We did get the foundation repaired before closing and I went around and marked all of the cracks in the walls so I could make sure there wasn't any further shifting for a few months and now I'm ready to get rid of all of these cracks so I can repaint. Question is, is there a general rule of thumb for which ones need to be cut out and replace the sheet rock (one room is sooooo bad the sheet rock is pulling away from the window) and which ones I can just band aid w/ tape and mud and then retexture? All walls will be completely retextured because I hate what is in there now, so I'm hopeing that will mean the litte ones I can just cover but wondered when I should decide to actually repair.


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07-18-06, 10:35 AM   #2  
As long as the rock is sound and securely attached to the wall it can be repaired. Loose rock can sometimes be rescrewed to the studs. Basic rule of thumb is to only replace the rock when it would take more work to fix it than to replace.

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