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Old 12-23-2009, 07:16 AM   #16
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There are many reasons for joints to crack, in addition to what's been said. I seriously doubt they omitted the tape. I would be willing to bet they did the hillbilly corner deal with one 2 x 4 overlapping the other with an offset to catch the other piece of drywall. While I have seen this a lot and not seen the same resulting cracks, if the two pieces of 2x4's were poorly nailed, I could see this happening. It doesn't really take much movement to crack paper tape.
If the house was built during lousy weather, temporary heat like kerosene or propane, along with all the added moisture of paint, drywall mud, etc. this would not be uncommon as the house dries out and the wood shrinks.
Like Ricky said, start with the simplest things first. Dig in the corner a little bit and see if you see the paper tape. If you aren't sure what you are looking for, get somebody over your house that does. If there is tape, I would cut some holes on either side of the corner and see what they did underneath. Chances are your problem will be only with these two corners. Drywall is not that hard to fix, just have somebody do it that knows what they are doing. Don't practice on your own house.
BTW, did you get any nail pops?
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:23 AM   #17
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Hurricane,
Assuming (hate to use that word) you don't have any major framing issues, once the house goes through a couple of heating, cooling seasons, things stabilize. So once you fix the cracks and the nail pops, they should stay put.
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Old 12-24-2009, 07:50 AM   #18
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Improper fastening and or lack of nailers in the corners are the likely candidate. I hardly think the corners were left untaped. Years ago I hung a few houses for a builder (Pulte or some other large outfit) who used corner clips in the angles. There was a stud on one side of the corner and clips were used to fasten the opposite corner. A nail in the top into the plate and a clip slipped over the edge midway and at the bottom of the board were nailed to the corner stud opposite. The clips only slipped onto the board 1/2" or so so if the corner was out of square somewhat the clip had to slide closer to the stud for nailing and often just barely stayed on the rock. The slightest twisting or shrinking movement in the stud and the clip would be off and rendered useless. Even if the clips held, there is a lot of movement without a properly framed corner. Don't know if clips are still being used, but it's another possibility. And as stated above, the rock could have been just butted in the corner without being fastened at all due to lack of framing or some other reason. The only real way to tell is to tear the corner tape out and/or possibly the drywall itself. If you've got a cracked corner in a closet, that would be the likely place to start.....
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Well Im 17 from SC, and we have about 3 places in our house that have something very similar near and around the corners. Mainly what I would say Is I worry about this all the time to, Just keep your Faith in God, that he will provide, and just repair them I guess.
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I'm going with half ass drywall job
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:50 PM   #22
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are you walls actually plastered and not drywalled? i live here and have been told that MA is one of few states that still do whole house plaster jobs. my walls are plastered and i have this problem on every corner in my whole house.
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freezing mud w/ loose mud equals huge cracks.. What I see is more than just a crack. it looks more as if the mud on the bead is just falling off. bad mud caused this.
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Could be;
no tape in corner- it happens
wrong mud- topping or ultra lite
bad mud job- put on too thick
no nailer in corner so one side has movement
someone tried to use mesh tape in corner
If house is only 6 months old I would not do anything until you get ahold of the builder and have him look at it. Then let him deal with the drywall crew. A 6 month old house should have some kind of warranty program. If you go punching, probing, and cutting you may void that warranty.

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