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Old 08-13-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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I built a spec home and have been having constant persistent problems with drywall ceiling cracks in certain areas. Of course they just have to be located in the living room right when you enter the home, and above the kitchen. The areas in the living room have had the old bad sections of the tape torn out and have been redone, yet the problem keeps returning. I have come to absolutely loathe drywall type and don't understand why something new hasn't been invented to replace this junk system of taping and mudding. I am at the point where I don't want to remove and retape because I think I will keep having problems. If it's a 'moving' ceiling issue I don't have the money to deal with that. Are there any (ANY) alternatives? I am willing recoat the entire ceiling with anything, any compound or technique that would solve this problem. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Just a few of the things that can cause it:
Using 1/2: for the ceiling instead of 5/8.
Not using and drywall glue on the joist
Using nails instead of screws.
Undersized joist.
Pressing to hard when applying the tape which pushes all the compound out.
Using light weight compound instead of setting compound to bed the tape
Installing the sheetrock on the walls first then the ceiling, should be the other way around.
Installing screws to close to the outside edges.
Not installing the sheets in the middle of the joist. If there off you can just sister in another joist so there's something to screw it to.
Installing the rock parallel with the joist.

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I have used this stuff with decent results.


http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewi...d=320826914615

It creates an elastic barrier coat that is supposed to give with movement and stop the mud from showing a crack.
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Thanks for the product recommendation. One guy who reviewed the Good Bye Cracks didn't like it but recommended using paintable silicon caulk. I'm just looking for a quick fix to sell the house. Anyone use paintable silicone caulk to temporarily solve issues with drywall ceiling tape cracks?
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Since this seems to be a recurring crack check to see if some is moving. SW carries a crack fix that comes in a blue box and is a kind of stretch tape. Don't remember the name but have used it a few times and it worked well.
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Was hot mud (durabond) used? Or was it all pre-mix?
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Was hot mud (durabond) used? Or was it all pre-mix?
Hot mud was used in the repairs when the bad tape was removed and replaced. The house is in the midwest and you know how the weather is there. It is most likely an issue of ceiling joist expansion and contraction. Not something I'm going to mess with, not something I can fix. I just need a quickie surface repair job, getting tired of my realtor telling me everyone comments on the cracks.
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Thanks for the product recommendation. One guy who reviewed the Good Bye Cracks didn't like it but recommended using paintable silicon caulk. I'm just looking for a quick fix to sell the house. Anyone use paintable silicone caulk to temporarily solve issues with drywall ceiling tape cracks?
I guess I have old fashioned values compared to a lot of people.

I wouldn't deceive a prospective buyer like this, and I wouldn't give cheap advice to anyone who would.

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I built a spec home and have been having constant persistent problems with drywall ceiling cracks in certain areas.
And, considering that you are the one who built this house, who knows how many other places throughout the structure you just did enough to get it sold to an unsuspecting buyer. You built this house..... don't act like a victim who got caught in the middle.
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can you post a couple of pictures so I can get an idea of what you're dealing with?
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Often the best thing to do is move the joint to a joist that is not moving.

Remove about 4 foot or so and hang a new piece------when the patch fails more than once----you are better off this way.

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