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davemax 02-02-2011 01:09 PM

Wall Looks pregnant
 
I have a dining room wall ( that borders the neighbors home, we live in a townhouse). there is a concrete wall that goes up between the 2 townhouses, then 8' studs, then the drywall.

We have a large chair rail across that side of the dining room, and the other day I noticed the wall is bowed! it looks to be pushed out about 2 inches at the most, only in the lower part of the wall, about 3' up from the floor. Then stretches about 2-3 feet across.

It is right next to the cold air return, so i removed the grate and looked down the return and notice the stud is tight against the joining wall, concrete block, but as it travels down , the stud appears to have pulled slighlty away from the block. The studs are not attached to the wall, just at the top and bottom.

I have heard popping and banging noises over the past few months at night, and assumed settling of the house. there is no water or moisture damage.

Can this be fixed easily, partly, or does half the wall need to come down, about 4 by 8, in order to remove the old stud, and replace it, then new drywall.

thanks!

fungku 02-02-2011 01:16 PM

I'd be interested in knowing why this is happening.

How old is the home. Are you attached with your neighbour's house in any way? :huh:

No swings in moisture or humidity there?

davemax 02-02-2011 01:19 PM

Home is about 18 years old. I believe it is attached in some way, being a townhome?

bjbatlanta 02-02-2011 02:09 PM

I have on a few occasions had to repair walls that are severely bowed. Sounds like one or more framing members have bowed or split, causing the bulge. I've seen it happen with studs, floor joists, ceiling joists, etc. Usually it's just a matter of the lumber drying out and going through "seasonal" movement. Sometimes a piece or two just "adjust" themselves past the acceptable point. I'd say the drywall will definitely need to be removed to replace the offending lumber, then replaced.....
And the concrete wall is the common wall/fire wall between the units so you ARE attached to your neighbor's unit.

davemax 02-02-2011 02:17 PM

thank you.
no quick fix? no cutting out just a small portion of the wall, then cutting the stud in half, then feeding through a small 2by4 to connect the top and bottom original stud that was cut and screwing the new smaller stud to it and pushing it back? just what someone suggested.. doesn't make sense to me though.

bjbatlanta 02-02-2011 02:41 PM

You CAN notch the existing stud and "sister" a piece to straighten it out. If there's only one stud to deal with, you don't necessarily have to take out floor to ceiling, but you'll need to go wide enough to be able to work on the old framing. You'll need to be able to nail/screw your reinforcing lumber a foot or so above and below the notch you cut. Just open the wall enough to assess the situation and go from there. If you have more than one stud to deal with, I'd say cut out from floor to ceiling and replace with a 4'x8' sheet.

Ron6519 02-03-2011 06:45 PM

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Originally Posted by davemax (Post 583246)
I have a dining room wall ( that borders the neighbors home, we live in a townhouse). there is a concrete wall that goes up between the 2 townhouses, then 8' studs, then the drywall.

We have a large chair rail across that side of the dining room, and the other day I noticed the wall is bowed! it looks to be pushed out about 2 inches at the most, only in the lower part of the wall, about 3' up from the floor. Then stretches about 2-3 feet across.

It is right next to the cold air return, so i removed the grate and looked down the return and notice the stud is tight against the joining wall, concrete block, but as it travels down , the stud appears to have pulled slighlty away from the block. The studs are not attached to the wall, just at the top and bottom.

I have heard popping and banging noises over the past few months at night, and assumed settling of the house. there is no water or moisture damage.

Can this be fixed easily, partly, or does half the wall need to come down, about 4 by 8, in order to remove the old stud, and replace it, then new drywall.

thanks!

Post pictures.
What sort of houses have you lived in that, " pop and bang" are the normal night time routine?
Ron


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