Crack in Drywall

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Old 03-10-15, 05:22 PM
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Crack in Drywall

Good evening, this is my first post and all replies would be appreciated. We have had this crack since we moved in, but with all the other things going wrong this winter in New England I can't stop thinking if this is a problem. This section of the house was built in 1986 as an addition. We moved in three years ago. The crack itself is not very wide, from what I read it says if it is over 1/8th of an inch is when it can be a problem, this is well below that. The door just to the right opens and closes fine. There is only one door in the house that sticks, and it is on the second floor about ten feet away opposite this wall. I have attached a picture. Thanks again!Name:  IMG_0564.jpg
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Old 03-10-15, 06:33 PM
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By the looks of that crack from what I can see someone spackled over that and repainted already once before. Is that correct? From my experience, a crack that this is not detrimental in any way. There is probably a little bit of settling in the area with the addition. If you start seeing that doors close to this one that are not closing properly then I would be concerned about settling being a significant factor.
 
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Old 03-10-15, 07:26 PM
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Ashaway,

Is there a question we can answer? Because I can't see what it is that you want answered. If you are asking about the repair of this crack, I would recommend you notch it with a utility knife so that it is somewhat V-shaped. Then fill and tape (paper tape is best) that crack with a setting-type joint compound (like Easy Sand 45) wiping the tape down tight to the wall with a 3 or 4" knife. You would then need to skim over it with at least 2 more coats of joint compound using a wider 10 or 12" knife.

If the crack hasn't increased in size in the last 3 yrs it is hopefully done settling. This is probably a point load weakness from what i assume is a staircase on the left. If those are bricks on the left, they are probably the source of the point load problem.
 
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Old 03-11-15, 04:39 AM
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If that crack hasn't changed any in the last 3 years, it's not something to worry about. I'd repair it and then inspect it in about 6 months just to make sure.
 
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I guess I am just wondering if I need an expert to come by and look at it. The bricks just to the left is the fireplace/chimney. I think the crack may have gotten a little worse, but its hard to tell, it still measures well less than 1/8th of an inch width.
 
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Personally, I'd just repair it and keep an eye on it .... which is probably what an expert would say anyway, especially if there are no other signs of settlement. If it's a major issue it will come back but more than likely that isn't the case.
 
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