Sheetrock cracked at doorways

mdodSeptember 20, 2009

It's time to do some major painting in my house and I've got several doors and windows with cracks in the sheetrock at the upper corners. I have patched them in the past and the cracks eventually reappear. Would putting drywall tape over the crack help?

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kudzu9

Sounds like you have some settling going on, which is not uncommon. Any active crack, even a minor one, is not going to stay closed with a simple spackling. Using tape is the only thing that has worked for me. Of course, you will have to feather the patches out over a larger area so you don't have obvious humps. And, if you have a textured wall, that will mean re-texturing to match. It can be a moderate amount of work, but may be the only thing that will be a permanent fix.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2009 at 1:11PM
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rjoh878646

If the cracks are not wide,just hairline cracks, try culking them with latex caulk and paint.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2009 at 4:04PM
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drywall_diy_guy

There is only one permanent solution, and that is to remove some of the drywall and reconfigure it so there is no joint at the corners. In cold weather climates, joints at corners will always crack, guaranteed. Go to the link below for details on how to fix this for good.

Here is a link that might be useful: Fixing Drywall Cracks at Window Corners

    Bookmark   September 21, 2009 at 8:39PM
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mdod

The house is 18 years old so it certainly could have settled.

Yes, the cracks are really fine but I thought I read somewhere recently that you shouldn't put caulk in nails holes, etc. Are thin cracks exempt from that?

We live in the south and I'm pretty sure that at least some of these cracks are not at joints. I think I may have pictures during the construction phase so I'll see. LOL..If the answer is to replace the corners, I think I might learn to live with the cracks! I'm the only one that notices anyway. ;-)

    Bookmark   September 21, 2009 at 11:34PM
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rjoh878646

If they are really fine cracks, go with the paintable caulk I've done it with fine cracks before with no problems. saves a lot of time and mess. The caulk will flex with the seasonal changes in framing. Just so as long as the cracks are very narrow.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2009 at 10:40AM
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kudzu9

mdod-
Since the cracks have been previously patched and are now re-opened, I'm still of the opinion that taping is more likely to work better than just caulking.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2009 at 12:37PM
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sunnyca_gw

I'm in So. Ca. & after 2 different quakes had to repair. We found that bathroom caulk worked just fine I just went looking in hall for where cracks were, can't find the 1 the other was longer so shows slightly if you look just right it goes from bathroom door to about 4 in. from the end of wall where the hall makes a turn. It's been since 1993!

    Bookmark   September 22, 2009 at 11:53PM
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rjoh878646

Caulk the cracks. Repairing drywall with drywal joint tape and setting compound is an art form. go the easy way and caulk them. I doubt very much they will reopen

    Bookmark   September 23, 2009 at 1:06PM
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mdod

OK. Obviously caulking sounds more attractive than the other options. I'll make sure they're not wide before I caulk them. If they come again I'll use tape (or live with them like I have for the past several years!)

    Bookmark   September 23, 2009 at 4:44PM
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tombob

I have a similar problem only the hairline cracks appear at taped joint on the ceiling! In the past, I have dug out the joints, re-taped with fiberglass mesh tape, and re-mudded, finished and repainted. Within a year and a half, identical cracks are back. In the center of the crack, there is a small amount of compound that has heaved slightly above the surface.

In addition to the above attempted solution, I have tried Rock Hard Water Putty, that spray rubber that one paints over. None have worked.

I am ready to try the caulk. Think it will work?

Obviously some regular seasonal movement is going on.

Will the painter's caulk work?

    Bookmark   October 5, 2009 at 10:43AM
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