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js1971 08-29-2008 08:41 PM

Wall studs showing through sheet rock
Hi all,

I am remodeling my house in order to put it on the market. I've noticed that upstairs, there are some parts of the wall where the studs are showing through. They appear to be bulging from the wall, the sheetrock is not flat ant you can easily see the studs. I first noticed this about a year ago, but I since I had never noticed it before, I the walls had always been that way. Now, it seems like the studs are showing even more. They tend to be around the same wall, but another wall seems to have one stud that is beginning to show. I am not sure if the problems are related, but I've also noticed in several places, where the walls meet the ceiling the joint/paint is separating. The house was built in 1978. I am assuming that the walls were not properly taped or mudded.

Does any one have any suggestions as to what may be causing this, or what I can do to help identify the problem?

Any feed back is greatly appreciated.


Termite 08-29-2008 10:16 PM

Are you seeing bulges in the sheetrock? Or cracking at seams?

If it is bulges, I doubt that there was an improper tape or mud job. It would have exposed itself by now. It is likely that the studs are moving for some reason.

I'd suggest pushing against the bulges to see if the rock is still tight to the studs, or if it has somehow separated.

AtlanticWBConst. 08-30-2008 03:03 AM

Can you post pictures?

buletbob 08-30-2008 07:47 AM


Originally Posted by AtlanticWBConst. (Post 153144)
Can you post pictures?

Yes !! post a few of the area, Could be a structural issue, BOB

Big Bob 08-30-2008 10:18 AM


Originally Posted by AtlanticWBConst. (Post 153144)
Can you post pictures?


pictures and info. Are the studs on 16" centers? conventional frame and/or truss. take a pic of the exterior wall also..include the soffit . This will help id typical 1978 construction for your style of home.

Your symptoms have a number of possible causes.

js1971 09-01-2008 06:48 PM

Thanks for the replies. I will take some pictures and post them.

js1971 09-01-2008 08:44 PM

Follow up pictures
Thanks for the feedback guys. Several of you asked for pictures, so here they are. They are high-res pictures so you may have to zoom out a bit.

I'll post a link to the pictures, with a brief explanation of each:

On this picture you can see how the tape or mud is separating where the wall meets the ceiling. This is upstars on the loft. The wall and ceiling do not form a 90degree angle, the ceiling has a 33degree pitch.

This is the same wall, but at a different spot. At the top where you see the crack, there is a stud which is bulging. The stud is only noticeable at a certain angle.

Here is the same wall but at a different spot, here you can see also see that where the ceiling meets the wall, there is some separation. Notice the angle of the ceiling.

On this picture you can see the wall behind the wall that appears on the pictures above. On this part of the wall, you can see how, the wall is leveled.

On this picture you can see the same wall as above, but on a different section of the wall. Here you can see how the bulging stud, causes uneveness with the level.

Here is another wall (which connects to the walla bove). On this picture you can easily see how the stud bulges out.

This is another wall (not connected ot any of the above, actually on the other side of the house) it is right above the door that leads to the attic. Notice how it appears that the joint and tape are lifting. There is no bulging stud here.

Someone asked to see a picture of the exerior wall. Here it is. The vent pictured here is about 25 - 30ft high (I don't remember), but the walls experiencing the bulging studs are upstairs. They are the interios walls (not the ones directly behind the external walls)

Here is some other info, which may be of relevance. The house used to have wood siding, it was in really bad shape when I bought the house and replaced it with hardi-plank. There were to vents (on on the front of the house and one on the back of the house) which were not replaced by the contractor. Would the vents cause structural problems? Could it also be that the weight of the hardi-plank is causing problems?

Any advice is greatly appreciated. I need to get the house ready to put it on the market, my job has caused me to relocate.

Thanks for all the feed back, let me know if you need more info.

ChrisT 09-11-2008 05:45 AM

We have this problem too and found out that our foundation shifts when we have a hard rain. Over the 28 year life of the house, that is a lot of shifting. We've somewhat stabilized the foundation buy putting a french drain uphill but that is quickly overwhelmed. Then the landlord cut a hole in the block foundation to let water drain out more quickly (um, maybe not the smartest? We are definitely looking to move) and that has helped the house to remain more stationary.

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