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Old 04-24-2017, 01:52 AM   #1
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Cracks in Basement Ceiling


We bought this home a few months ago and I only recently noticed something in the basement - these cracks at the corners of this opening in ceiling. It lead to what is now just a covered and carpeted-over opening in the bedroom floor. Peculiar, I know. Anyway, I was looking at the 4x4s that, I'm embarrassed to say, I didn't take much notice of when we were viewing the home. Where they meet the ceiling, the two further from the wall have these cracks sort of splitting the angle between the corners. One of them is very faint, and the other is partially covered by a light fixture, so I got the photo of it from a few angles. Of the four 4x4s, three of them can be easily jiggled by hand, so they're not really bearing any weight, it seems. My questions:

Were these 4x4s likely put there as a precaution? Is there something less obtuse I could replace them with, like an angle iron triangular bracket mounted to the wall? If posts are necessary, I'd prefer something steel - what would I be looking for, exactly?

The house was built in 1945 and it's concrete block construction. Basements are kind of a rarity here. It's not very big, but we've got one (with a laundry chute!). Thanks for any information you can offer. Here are the photos...

...oops, first post, so I'll need to put it in a reply. See below...
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Well, this is embarrassing. It's not letting me post links, still. I'll try again in the morning...
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Link to the photos...

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8...1BraF9hUldGOXc
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