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Old 08-23-2011, 06:18 PM   #1
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Ceiling Nightmare

I built my house 5 years ago. I've had to redo the ceiling ever 3 months for the past 5 years because where the kitchen and living room meet the drywall cracks. which leads to me tearing down the drywall tape and replastering. I'm sick of having to redo it. So I was going to put up wood strips on the ceiling so that when it cracks again, no one would notice. Do you think its a good idea. and What other ideas could I do.
I can't afford to put in a new ceiling, so thats out of the question. I just have to take care of the one I have. Any ideas would be helpful thanks.


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Old 08-24-2011, 06:32 AM   #2
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Are the roof members stick built or trusses??? Ceilings on truss built homes sometime have what is called truss lift, where the ceiling drywall rises with seasonal movement.


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If it is truss lift the post common approaches are:
1) Detach the trusses from the top of the wall, and reattach them with truss clips. Truss clips are L shaped and have a slot were a nail can be "not fully driven in" to make the connection. This will allow the truss to move up and down without pulling up on the top of the wall. Between the trusses attached wood blocks that are secured to the top of the wall - not the truss. The ceiling is secured to the truss except for within 16 inches of the wall. With 16 inches, it is secured to the wood blocks. When the truss lifts, it slides up the truss clip, the ceiling edge (secured to the wood block) does not lift with it.
2) Attach crown molding (as you suggested). I've even heard of people attaching the crown molding to the ceiling so that it moves up with the truss. You might be able to have two pieces - one attached to the ceiling, one to the wall so that the slide over each other.
3) If the gap is not to big or obvious, you might be able to use flexible caulk.
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Old 08-26-2011, 09:46 PM   #4
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go to a drywall supply house(look in the yellow pages) ask for a vinyl expansion joint, 1/2 inch or 5/8th inch depending on the drywall on your ceiling. You'll need a staple gun and joint compound as well. Simply cut a straight line down that crack, square it up the best you can with the wall. Cut the crack the width of the expansion joint and slide into place. staple every 4-6 inches and coat it with joint compound. repeat coats 2 more times then sand. The vinyl expansion joints come with a pull strip down the center. so when you are done you tear that strip off and you will have a nice clean line. you'll never have to worry about it cracking again.
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Figs. 11 and 12; http://www.buildingscience.com/docum...d-but-strange/

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