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js1971 09-03-2008 05:56 AM

Studs showing (bulging) through sheetrock
Hi, all. I had originally posted this question in the remodeling section, however, I believe it belongs more in the construction section. I basically have a few walls in my house in which the studs are bulging out. You can see them through the sheetrock. Also, there is (joint or mud ?) separation where the ceiling meets the wall. Here is some additional info:

Here are some 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 two small vents (on on the front of the house and one on the back of the house) which were not replaced by the contractor after the hardi was installed. 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.

TazinCR 09-03-2008 06:43 AM

I am no expert but it sure looks like a structural problem If this has occurred since you changed the siding you may have major problems you need to address asap.Are you located in an area with snow loads?

js1971 09-03-2008 06:48 AM

No, I live in Texas which is prone to high heat and humidity.

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