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Old 12-13-2008, 01:01 PM   #1
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[FONT='Calibri','sans-serif']I have recently inherited a 38 year old home in the Dallas area. This home is situated over black gumbo soil which swells and contracts causing severe cracking of the sheetrock joints. What is the best tape available and mud for repairing these cracks? The previous owner used standard paper tape but this did not hold up very well. Any advice will be greatly appreciated[/font]

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Old 12-13-2008, 03:06 PM   #2
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NOTHING will solve the problem. That's Dallas for you. All you can do is repair as needed or install old fashion panelling.

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Old 12-13-2008, 05:47 PM   #3
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Bud's right. If the house is moving due to soil issues, there is no way to make a permanent or more durable sheetrock joint repair. Paper tape is the industry standard and mesh tape is the only other option. Mesh tape will make no difference for your problem. I'd plan on doing regular repairs...Sorry.
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Old 12-13-2008, 10:08 PM   #4
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Thank both of you for your replies. Guess I was looking for a miracle cure.
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Old 12-13-2008, 10:23 PM   #5
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An idea, if it happens that often maybe find some nice trim strips and stain them so you don't have to deal with it. Or paint them sepretly and then nail them up (so the paint don't crack like the tape is currently).
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Old 12-14-2008, 05:51 AM   #6
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Also consider modifying your landscaping to keep the soil constant. In Denver, they have bentonite in the soil and as a result, most houses have rock edging to keep the soil next to the foundation dry.
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Old 12-14-2008, 08:17 AM   #7
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Using a setting type compound might help the repairs last a little longer.They have somewhat better strength. Either type of tape will work with it. Be sure to tear out the old tape. If you just go over the top of the cracks, you end up with a hump eventually where you keep piling on mud......
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Is the problem only in corners or do the flat seams crack, too?
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Flat seams as well as inside corners
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I was hoping you'd say just corners.....oh, well. As Bud said, paneling is the only real cure.
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When I said either type of tape will work, I was thinking of flats. You need to use paper tape on inside corners.
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I have that too,,and swear it was JUST bad thin drywall,,,OR inadequate supports underneath allowing it to change more than it 'should'. My suggestion,,,try replacing one area of the 'worst' space with NEW drywall and SEE if it occurs again,,,if NOT,,,you KNOW what you HAVE to do!!! Mine was the first drywall made and it was ONLY 3/8 besides They had what was called 'rock lath' back then too,,,dont KNOW what the dif is???
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I have that too,,and swear it was JUST bad thin drywall,,,OR inadequate supports underneath allowing it to change more than it 'should'. My suggestion,,,try replacing one area of the 'worst' space with NEW drywall and SEE if it occurs again,,,if NOT,,,you KNOW what you HAVE to do!!! Mine was the first drywall made and it was ONLY 3/8 besides They had what was called 'rock lath' back then too,,,dont KNOW what the dif is???
The rock could be 8" thick and it would still crack very easily if the home settles or shifts.

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