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  1. #1
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    Jan 2008

    Default Cracks on walls-Help!

    My husband and I purchased our first home last May-a 1922 bungalow. We know that our only bathroom was expanded (thankfully) at some point in the life of the house. All of the plaster was replaced in the house (BOO!) and we now have drywall. Unfortunately we have started noticing that there are cracks showing up in the seams between the walls and ceiling (also one along a corner of two walls). This was apparently "fixed" by using cauking by either the past owner or past tenant (it was a rental for years). Obviously their patch job is failing and now the cracks are becoming more apparent. We are both afraid to close the door when we shower since that would clearly cause more moisture build-up. We're not sure 1. why this happening and 2. what the heck to do.
    I am of course starting to run worse case scenarios around in my head like we have to redo all the drywall in the bathroom....oh, and we have not noticed this problem in other areas of the house.
    If anyone can offer help we would greatly appreciate it!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Sand Springs, OK

    Default Re: Cracks on walls-Help!

    I would think that the taping of the dry wall wasn't done right.

    I'm not sure that you can just re-tape it but that would be my first attempt.

    First, install a fan in the bathroom and use it all the time.

    Second if you are going to try to re-tape don't use paper, use fiberglass tape and the compound for it. Then repaint with mildew and mold resistant paint.
    Debby in Oklahoma

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