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Extensive cracks in drywall - what should I do?

Old 04-06-14, 11:30 AM
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Extensive cracks in drywall - what should I do?

I bought my condo about a year ago, and in recent months there have been noticeably large cracks in the drywall. They run mostly along one wall (one both sides, in the living room and bedroom), from floor to ceiling with large cracks in the ceiling. I've attached a few photos.

Please let me know what the problem could be. Could it be structural damage? Or just a poor drywall job?

Any ideas on how to fix or how much it might cost to fix?

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Old 04-06-14, 11:50 AM
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It's hard to say for sure but I'd lean towards an inferior finish job. I wouldn't bee overly concerned about structural problems unless you have other evidence or if it comes back after being repaired.

Basically all you need to do is cut out the loose tape, retape, finish and possibly add texture. Not an overly difficult job to diy. Labor prices can vary greatly so you'd need a few estimates.
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If the ceiling in question has the attic above it and there are trusses for the ceiling/roof assembly then you could be dealing with a phenomenon known as "truss uplift". This is not a structural defect per say but it does result in the kind of cracking you are describing in the ceiling at a wall junction. It is especially problematic under winter conditions.

The wall cracks could be related to lumber contraction if they are on an exterior wall and again, especially under winter conditions.

You might want to bring in a few drywall subs to look over the issue and get their take on it. A first hand visit could certainly be much more revealing than a few pictures.

If the ceiling cracks are related to truss uplift then there are ways to prevent that from occurring but usually better done when building the structure.
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Almost looks like they never even bothered to tape the joints.
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Or possibly taped with adhesive mesh tape and it was cut in the angles when it was coated.

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