Originally Posted by riverrite
I have a friend who I do home repair work for and she has come to me with this problem; She lives in a town house and every few months her caulk work cracks between the 1/4 round on the stairs and drywall going up the stairs to second floor. Also trim is cracking on the miter around doorways and windows and on the second floor down the entire corner of one of the rooms. She recaulks, paints and in a short time it's cracked again. Is this normal settling????
There will be an opening of miters as the tempertures in the house increase and decrease as the wood expands and contracts. You can reduce the incidence when you initially install them if you glue the joints. On the unglued ones, caulking should have dealt with the seasonal movement. What sort of gaps are we talking about and what sort of caulking is she using?
How old is the house? Newer houses that were framed with green framing members will move a lot more the first year or so until the wood dries out to the surrounding daily humidity.
Do you have any photos?