6 Quick Fixes for a Cracked Wall 6 Quick Fixes for a Cracked Wall

Discovering a section of cracked wall in your home can be incredibly frustrating, especially if you have only recently decorated or simply don't have the time to carry out extensive repairs. However, if you are aware of the different ways in which cracks can be rectified, you will find that it fixing them won't be a problem.  

Spackle

Spackle is often the first port of call when you find a crack on an internal wall as it is readily available and easy to use. Although Spackle is a brand name, it is often used to refer to a wide range of fillers. The substance can be applied to the defect in the cracked wall with a putty knife before it is smoothed with a scraper. It is especially beneficial as it can expand into the gap to seal it properly.

Caulk

Silicon caulk is ideal for use on a cracked wall whether it is an exterior or an interior surface due to its durable nature. It expands to the gap in which it is applied to create a flexible repair so that it remains a benefit even if the wall suffers movement. Acrylic caulk is best used on indoor walls and is perfect for rooms with high humidity or moisture as it dries quickly and is resistant to mold. It is easy to apply with the use of an applicator gun and can be smoothed against the surface with a scraper.     

Wood Filler

Where the wall is constructed from wood, the crack can be rectified with the use of wood filler. In addition to being able to obtain ready made wood filler from most hardware stores, you can easily create your own wood filler. By using sawdust from the same type of wood that the wall is constructed from and mixing it with glue, you can be assured of a good match so that the repair site will be near invisible. It is also possible to improve the surface with the use of sandpaper.

Concrete

Using ready-mixed concrete is an easy way to repair cracks that have appeared in masonry and concrete. Clean out any dirt and loose particles before applying any concrete to the cracked wall to fill the defect, this will ensure that the concrete takes properly. When it comes to brickwork, stain or paint can be applied to the surface after the concrete has dried to ensure that the repair site blends in with the rest of the wall.

Grout

Defects that appear in tiled walls can often be solved by renewing the existing grout. This will involve scraping away any particles of loose grout and brushing away any resulting dust. This will ensure that the space is clear and ready to accept the new grout that will be applied. 

Putty

There are a range of filler putties that are available for use to rectify a cracked wall constructed from a range of different materials. In addition to putty fillers for specific materials such as wood, you will also be able to find universal putties that can be used for many different materials.

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