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Sojumonkey 01-08-2014 06:05 PM

Advice on some drywall cracks
 
Hi everyone, so I have these drywall cracks in my house. They've appeared slowly over the past two/three years, but haven't gotten worse in at least 6 months as far as I can tell. I didn't measure them, but I did take pictures and compare them a few times. They are almost exclusively appearing at the top corners of the windows and edge of ceiling above the windows. The only place where it isn't a straight forward split/crack I have placed my finger in the photo to show the piece that sticks out and how far.

I want to repair them but have little understanding of the best way to go about it. I'd love to do some of the work myself if possible, but my expertise lies elsewhere than home improvement. I have the time, but the $$$ is a bit of an issue atm.

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joecaption 01-08-2014 06:13 PM

Just looks like someone did a crappy job of taping the walls.
Tape has to be removed, area sanded and new paper applied with a setting compound or all purpose drywall compound.
http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=...pair&FORM=VDRE

Sojumonkey 01-08-2014 06:16 PM

Even given that in one of the pictures the wall sticks out further than the part above the crack?

Also, the wall in the room with the horse shoes (daughters) has texture on the walls. How do I imitate that? I don't even know what it is.

joecaption 01-08-2014 06:19 PM

Impossible to see anything sticking out from those pictures.
May be as simple as a screw pop.
Push on the wall to see if the sheetrock moves.
If It does, find the studs and add some screws.
No one has X Ray vision so there's no way to know how it was framed.
There was supposed to be nailers add in the inside corners to attach the rock to.

Sojumonkey 01-08-2014 06:28 PM

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Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1289234)
Impossible to see anything sticking out from those pictures.
May be as simple as a screw pop.
Push on the wall to see if the sheetrock moves.
If It does, find the studs and add some screws.
No one has X Ray vision so there's no way to know how it was framed.
There was supposed to be nailers add in the inside corners to attach the rock to.

True and I understand about not having x-ray vision. thanks a lot for the input I appreciate it.

Could those types of cracks be from the roof settling?

Gymschu 01-08-2014 06:45 PM

Could be dozens of reasons for your cracks. Poor, or insufficient framing. Leak in the roof from snow melt? Framing may have been "wet" when installed and is now drying out and twisting ever so slightly inside the wall. Moisture infiltration in the wall. Weak load bearing area. As Joe stated, could be poor taping job.

The only way to match the current texture is to find out how it was done originally. Was it done with a hopper and air compressor? Stomped with a stomping brush? Stomped and troweled? Sometimes a sponge or roller is used. It will take some investigation and even if you find the method that was used, it's still a crapshoot trying to match it perfectly.

Sojumonkey 01-08-2014 06:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Gymschu (Post 1289248)
Could be dozens of reasons for your cracks. Poor, or insufficient framing. Leak in the roof from snow melt? Framing may have been "wet" when installed and is now drying out and twisting ever so slightly inside the wall. Moisture infiltration in the wall. Weak load bearing area. As Joe stated, could be poor taping job.

I have no doubt about it being a poor tape job regardless of the reason lol.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gymschu (Post 1289248)
The only way to match the current texture is to find out how it was done originally. Was it done with a hopper and air compressor? Stomped with a stomping brush? Stomped and troweled? Sometimes a sponge or roller is used. It will take some investigation and even if you find the method that was used, it's still a crapshoot trying to match it perfectly.

Trying to get a hold of the guy who remodeled this house before I bought it was a test in patience three years back (that is being extremely nice) There is no way I will be able to find out for sure after three years... sucks.

Gymschu 01-08-2014 07:00 PM

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Looks like typical knockdown, but, again, matching it is no easy task.

Sojumonkey 01-08-2014 07:14 PM

Yea that does look exactly like the wall. thanks

ToolSeeker 01-09-2014 07:08 AM

Was the remodel a DIY? Not sure but it looks in a couple of the pics like the drywall edge is not on the stud or even no tape on the seams. Really hard to tell from pics. As Joe said press on the drywall close to the crack and see if it moves.

joecaption 01-09-2014 07:55 AM

Now that I look at it again I'd guess someone pieced in a bunch of small pieces at the top of that wall.
All the weakest areas are where the patches are now.

Sojumonkey 02-02-2014 11:25 AM

Got it all patched up painting tomorrow. thanks for the help guys.

ToolSeeker 02-02-2014 11:42 AM

Thanks for the update. Would appreciate letting us know what they find.


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