Re: Soft, squeaky drywall near Chimney
I'm thinking what's confusing is the term *soft* which one would consider as soft -- punky -- usually from moisture.
When I believe the OP is meaning the wall *gives* -- not firmly secured in place.
Usually when it's a case of shrinkage you will definately see nail pops , especially if the OP is able to push against the wall and feel it give.
It may be the actual framing around the chimney that's not fastened very well. It's unknown if ths chimney is covered or exposed but either way the framing around the chimney would need to be built around and not fastened to it --- who knows what is used and how it was framed.
- the fireplace chimney is on the exterior of the wall
- when I press my hand against the wall, the wall gives & squeaks
- when the wind blows, an intermittent tapping noise comes from the wall
Simply --- locate the *stud* nearest the point where the wall *gives* and drive in some drywall screws --- if that solves the problem then it's a simple fix. Otherwise, it's time to open the wall in this area to investigate further. Though, the mention of wind blowing and causing noises indicates to me the wall should opened anyway to seal the gaps --- and check for moisture as well.
2 cents worth.
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