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DickJ 12-07-2005 10:28 PM

cracked above door
Hi all
I have a crack above my entry doo coming from the top left corner to the ceiling at a 45 and have repaired it twice with fiberglass mesh tape and drywall compound and ti keeps comeing back this time of year can anyone help me

pqglen 12-09-2005 08:36 AM

try knifing the area first and to expand and clean the gap use glass tape maybe three stripps on top of one another and pull it tight ( really thin) and allow to dry completly. Its ok if you see the tape on this step. then apply a second coat and use paper tape allow to dry sand and finish. If the crack comes back after this you have something structural going on

HandyMac 12-12-2005 07:46 AM

Sounds like a seasonal framing movement problem. Adding more tape/mud is not going to work, as the movement of the house is much stronger than the tape/mud.

You might try waiting until the gap is at the widest and filling with a flexible caulk. That will allow for movement without seperating. However, that will probably cause a bump when the wall contracts.

The only complete fix is to remove the sheetrock, find the reason the framing is moving, and repair that.

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