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Should I patch these cracks or is something more serious going on?


Old 07-25-13, 05:36 PM
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Should I patch these cracks or is something more serious going on?

I bought a 1935 brick house last summer which was updated in 2005. When I bought the house I noticed a few drywall cracks forming that had previously been covered. One crack kind of concerned me because I could tell it ran almost the length of the entire ceiling where it meets a step with recessed lighting. The inspector never mentioned anything about it. Now that I have lived in the house for about a year I noticed that the cracks are worse than they were before. The crack looks like its from shearing forces to me. All of the original plaster walls seem to be holding up great, its only the newer sheetrock walls and cielings that appear to be cracking in some places.

How would I go about repairing the crack in these pictures? Should I repair it myself or do I need to call in a professional to see if its something more serious?

Closeup of crack nearest the corner
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The crack runs about 2/3rd the width of the room
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Old 07-25-13, 05:53 PM
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Just looks like a bad taping job.
Scrape it all off and retape it.
Old 07-26-13, 03:34 AM
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Tape shouldn't be that far from the corner unless they had to install a narrow filler strip ..... but I agree scraping is in order and should reveal more about what is going on.

Do you usually run the HVAC? That normally keeps the humidity fairly constant. Humidity changes could have played a part in the damage becoming apparent.

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