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Cracks in Sheetrock Walls

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by LewB, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. LewB

    LewB Well-Known Member

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    My living room, dining room and kitchen are above a cinder block wall, concrete floor crawl space that is about 4ft high. I live in a damp area and the crawl space frequently gets water in it.
    There are 3 doorways (kitchen to dining room, kitchen to living room, slider to deck) that have developed cracks in them. These cracks start at the upper corner(s) of the doorway and either go straight up or at a 45 degree angle from the corner of the door.
    I'm guessing that this is due to settling (house is about 25 years old) made worse by the water in the crawl space and the wet ground around the house. Something tells me I might be looking at a major repair here. Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated. I already contacted one of those 'b-dry' companies, but they won't even work in crawl spaces due to more frequent worker injures.
     
  2. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Well-Known Member

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    Well, you could try gouging out the affected area and then applying a wire mesh screen and spackling that over but I think it'd reappear after a while. Perhaps a better long term solution is to get rid of the sheetrock in that area and replace it. It's a job you can do yourself.
     
  3. Dave Poehlman

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  4. LewB

    LewB Well-Known Member

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    The entire front yard, as well as the neighbor's driveway slope in towards the house, add that to the fact that my development is built on landfill of a former wetland. I have downspout extensions to take rain water away from the house, but I have a feeling the major problem is the slope of the land itself.
    I'm past the point of attempting back-breaking projects. I like your idea about calling in a foundation specialist. Looks like I'll be cracking open the piggy bank big time [​IMG]
     
  5. Colton

    Colton Well-Known Member

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    Is moving out of the question?
     
  6. LewB

    LewB Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, been there 20 years and like the neighbors and living on a dead-end street. My fault for not addressing the water problem before.
     

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