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zincmann 11-10-2008 01:20 PM

Some walls rattle in my house if hit with something, I will explain inside posting
I have a house thats about 1981 Build. I dont live in a earthquake zone, I live in Upstate NY. There are some interior walls where if I take my fist or something and tap it, sounds like the studs inside the wall rattle a little. I dont know if thats a result of the wood shrinking inside a little or what. I have never heard it before but its seems to be on certain my inside hallway exterior walls do not rattle when hit. I also have a porch on my the outside front of house which shares the same wall as part of my living room on the inside of the house and that wall does sort of the same thing when tapped from outside. I havent had any water damage that I am aware of the roof is about 6-7 years old. The only thing I can think of, unfortunately, is I live about 2 miles from a quarry, and they typically blast about once a week during the day (Had I known this i would have never bought the house) could the repetitiveness of this blasting of rock underground cause some loosening of the studs inside the walls over time? Also have a inline humidfier in my house which hasnt been used since we bought the house 10 years ago, but started using it this season and wondered maybe if the not using it would have caused contracting of the studs inside the walls. I dont know I just dont know if anyone else has noticed this phenomenom of walls that "rattle" Everythign is straight in the house, hardly any joint or stress cracks if at all basement is straight and dry and metal I beams are the underlayment of the house.:(

bjbatlanta 11-10-2008 02:26 PM

The board will "rattle" when hit as you described due to not being fastened properly. I ALWAYS glue and nail drywall. The glue eliminates rattling walls. Your walls are probably not glued, in which case there should have been two double sets of nails in the "field of the board or screws every 8" (at minimum). Your outside walls are insulated which will deaden the sound. I wouldn't worry about the structural stability of the house just because the walls rattle. Next time you get ready to paint, you can add some nails or screws and see if it helps the situation. The lumber in the house generally "moves" twice a year, during the heating and cooling season. Nothing can be done about it. That's not the main culprit anyway.....

zincmann 11-10-2008 02:37 PM

Thanks BJB...
It sounds about right that would make sense not being a person familiar with the issue. I dont know where the screws or nails are located because obviously the walls are all finished but i will consider doing that when I go to paint again, just made me nervous that there could be structural issues with the house.

bjbatlanta 11-10-2008 02:56 PM

I honestly don't think anything structural is going on, at least nothing out of the ordinary. You can find studs on one side or the other of a light box. Pull the cover and jab a screwdriver outside the box to find it. Your studs SHOULD be 16" on center from there.
Depending on the area of the country, glue may or may not have been commonly used in new construction. Often nailing patterns were the norm rather than the use of adhesive. And hangers working "by the board" often take shortcuts (sad to say), as time is money. And again, some of your house may be glued. It may be as simple a matter as the hangers ran out of glue........ The drywall contractor is responsible for furnishing the materials and a crew will not generally stop and wait for someone to bring more, nor go on their own to get more. I've even had jobs where the glue and nails were stolen. The hangers would call and I'd take more, but in the mean time they'd hang what they could with the nails they had.

zincmann 11-10-2008 03:05 PM

Thats a good way, and I know my studs are about 12 inches I think from each otheror about that...but in those areas I will tighten them up when I go to repaint those common areas.

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