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Clay soil, presistant drywall cracks

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04-25-09, 07:08 AM   #1  
Clay soil, presistant drywall cracks

Is there a product that can be used to fill drywall cracks, up to 1/8" wide, that wil expand and contract somewhat to help eliminate drywall cracks due to movement of slab on clay soil?

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04-25-09, 07:21 AM   #2  
That's a tough one. First it shouldn't be moving, so can you explain what is moving.

I know of nothing flexible enough to fill and hide that. A piece of trim or perhaps some selected wall paper.


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04-25-09, 08:59 AM   #3  
Caulking might work but it won't look all that good
As noted wallpaper will hide the cracks to a point. It might be a good idea to start saving up to address the foundation issues.

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05-02-09, 08:25 AM   #4  
They make a control joint here is a link so you can see them. We use the 093 V all the time on jobs but the hideaway one might be better for a residential application Hamilton Drywall Products

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05-02-09, 09:42 AM   #5  
You don't need something to expand and contract with movement. You need something to hold the wall together. Screw as much as you can around the crack. V out the crack and fill with 20 min quick set mud. Then tape with paper tape over the crack. Then you can finish with light weight.

I know what the problem is. The ground moves so much that it moves the house around. That repair will fix it.

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