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Old 02-22-2011, 09:41 PM   #1
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Walls making really loud bangs and pops


I have a 1995 would framed house that had board and bat siding on 3 sides and a stucco front. The siding began to deteriorate and needed replaced. A Stucco contractor said he could put lattice (or some wire mesh) right over the siding and stucco the rest of the house. The stucco is western two coat with Acrylic top coat. I had it done and it looks very nice. BUT...throughout the day, the walls make increadibly loud Pops and Bangs. (Some can be felt thoughout the house) I have inspected the Stucco and it is not cracked/cracking. I fear the weight of the Stucco has put a load on the walls that they cannot withstand. (although the front walls of the house never pop or bang?) Could the wall joists be breaking? I mean these bangs could pass for gunshots! What up??

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is the house a timber frame?
was it build with green lumber (shortly after chopping down the tree)?
this is the traditional timber framing method. the frames then start to dry out, and as they do the lumber "checks," and can make that loud cracking sound.

this is normal in a timber frame. this would not be normal in a stick-framed house with kiln dried lumber.

i wouldn't have the contractor hang new stucco over the old deteriorated stuff.

good luck.
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Even with stick built houses, this can happen. Sometimes its due to seasonal changes and sometimes because of different materials expanding and contracting at different rates
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