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Cracks in Drywall, Part Two

In my last posting, I talked about settling cracks and why they happen in a home. I also talked about how common they are and how for the most part they are not something to be too concerned with.  In this posting I would like to talk about the specific cracks that you may encounter in your home and what can be done about them.

Cracks Above Doors & Windows

Cracks in Drywall above Door

These cracks usually appear because the drywall installer placed a seam above the opening. While it is not wrong to install drywall this way, it does create a weak spot in the wall that is very susceptible to movement and therefore cracking.

Nail Pops

Nail pops appear because the wallboard moves but the nail doesn’t. Another cause of nail pops is the normal wear and tear on the ever shifting house over the course of time.  It is normal for drywall screws or nails to loosen. As the drywall moves it pushing the head of the nail or screw outward, which in turn, causes a bubble or blister in your drywall. This is what is known as a “nail pop.” These might look unsightly, they usually aren’t severe. Your Andy onCall Handyman has the proper skills and techniques to repair these nail pops and get your wall smooth again in a minimal amount of fuss and mess.

Ceiling Cracks

Cracks found in the uppermost floor of a house are usually caused by “Truss Lift”.  Houses built prior to the 1960’s used ceiling joists and rafters to create the ceiling and roof. Sometime in the 1960’s builders started using “trusses” to construct ceilings and roofs.  While rafters and joists are separate units, Trusses are (generally speaking) a system of triangles that distribute loads equally across the whole roof/ceiling unit, and the shifting and settling house beneath the trusses can lead to Truss Lift and ceiling cracks.

The good news is that drywall repair projects typically do not require any kind of municipality design approval or permits. Although, in some places, minor repair and replacement projects need a special permit obtained through the Easy Permit Process (EPP). The projects that come under this category include replacing limited drywall, drywall repair, light fixtures, single furnace, limited brick masonry, and roof replacement.

Most drywall repair projects can be completed in a relatively short amount of time (2-3 days), and with minimal amount of mess and at a reasonable cost. So don’t let those drywall cracks get you down. Call Andy OnCall and let our certified Handyman take care of drywall repair needs sooner rather than later!  All of our handyman have the specialized skills and techniques to handle and drywall repair issues you may need.

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Settling Cracks in Drywall, Part One

We have all seen them, the thin little cracks snaking along at an angle from the corner of a window or doorway.  The nail pops of newer construction, the tape separation and cracking.  It’s so unsightly!  Why does it happen?? Is there something wrong with my house?  Cracked drywall can appear unsightly and draw away all the focus from the décor of your room. But back to the main question: What is causing those cracks? It could be a number of things, but today, I am going to talk about one of the most common causes of drywall cracks, and that is house settling.Cracks in Drywall

Some of the things that can cause the drywall to crack include: the house settling, poor drywall installation, moisture behind the wall, objects on the wall causing it stress, and cracked paint. There are few things that you need to watch out for and some remedial measures that can be taken to nip the problem in the bud. Because there are many reasons why cracks may be caused in drywall, as soon as you see a crack, even a hairline one, in your drywall you should repair it immediately. If left unattended, this can grow into a major problem that might lead to weakening of the wall and eventually the entire structure. It will also involve major expense to repair it at a later stage rather than tackling it at the start.

All houses settle down after some time, but this is not always a uniform process and at times, some parts settle before others. Because of these different rates of settling the shifting structure can lead to cracks between the wall and ceiling due to the downward movement. Yet another spot to watch out for cracks is the top edge of windows and door frames. These are usually diagonal and might increase over a period of time.

Understanding House Settling Cracks

Once you understand why cracks happen, then you can keep an eye out for the start of new cracks and be ready to make permanent drywall repairs sooner rather than later. There are some cracks that can’t be easily repaired. What’s more, it is hard to totally disguise some cracks. Large houses are built with joints in them to relieve movement, similar to the joints in our bodies. .

As I stated before drywall cracks can sometimes be found above the corners of doorways and windows. Nail pops are also relatively common. You may also notice drywall cracking in the ceilings on the uppermost floor of your house. While all these problems are caused by settling there are different reasons that they occur.

Next we will talk about how settling cracks may appear in you your home and how to identify them when they can occur in your drywall, all of which your local Andy onCall handyman can repair with one quick call.

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