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Use Paintable Latex Caulk to Repair Ceiling Cracks

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LESLIE: Danny in Nevada has a crack in his wall. Tell us about it.

DANNY: Actually theres a theres a crack in the ceiling. I noticed my living room, when it gets cold, the crack seems to kind of get a little bit bigger.

LESLIE: Okay.

DANNY: And then during the summer months, it seems to disappear.

TOM: Yeah, that makes sense, Danny, because in the winter, things shrink and dry out; in the summer, things get very moist and swell. How what kind of a ceiling do you have? Is it a plaster? Is it drywall? What is it?

DANNY: Its more like a plaster.

TOM: Okay. Thats pretty typical. You know, those plaster cracks are what the realtors call charm. (laughing) They add to the character.

DANNY: (overlapping voices) Oh, not like a structural concern or is there a way to repair it or should I just leave it be?

TOM: Not likely to be a structural concern. How old is this house?

DANNY: Fifteen years old.

TOM: Well, its not plaster then. (chuckling) Its probably just drywall.

LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Its probably drywall.

TOM: Yeah.

LESLIE: What describe the crack. Is it diagonal? Is it straight?

DANNY: Its straight. Its right in the ceiling where like where they seem to meet. Like the (inaudible).

LESLIE: Yeah, its probably a seam. Its a seam of two sheets of drywall, most likely.

TOM: Is it perfectly straight?

DANNY: Yes, (inaudible) the edge.

TOM: Yeah. You know what I think it is, I think, Leslie, I think youre right. I think its simply a drywall seam. Now, theres two ways to fix this. One thing that you could do is you could caulk it with a latex paintable latex caulk. Because thatll

LESLIE: Which will flex with it.

TOM: Yeah, itll expand and contract with it. Thats sort of the quick fix. You may still see it but it wont be nearly as obvious. But the best way to do it is to simply retape that seam, which is a bigger job. Youd have to put drywall tape on top of that and respackle it with three or four good coats of spackle.

LESLIE: And I think the better tape is the fiberglass tape .

TOM: Yeah, I like the fiberglass, too, because its a mesh tape. You dont have to worry about any air bubbles underneath the paper tape. It just goes on really well. And it expands it really holds that crack together.

DANNY: Now, for insulation, should it be like should anything be escaping out of it when its loose?

TOM: No, I wouldnt worry too much about the insulation. Its really just cosmetic; its not structural in the least.

DANNY: Oh, okay.

TOM: Alright, Danny?

LESLIE: Now, is there you said that it was plaster. Does it have a finish on it thats textured?

DANNY: It is textured. (audio gap) some type of a finish but its more shiny.

LESLIE: Does it look does it look like swirls or popcorn?

DANNY: A little like swirls (inaudible).

TOM: Yeah, it sounds like theres a textured finish on it. That makes the job of retaping it even more difficult. I would caulk it.

DANNY: Okay.

TOM: Caulk it and then repaint that. You could use a roller with a very, very thick coating on it so the paint gets into all those nooks and crannies.

DANNY: Fine.

TOM: And thatll probably make it go away completely. Okay, Danny?

DANNY: Fine.

TOM: Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

Use Paintable Latex Caulk to Repair Ceiling Cracks

Transcript

LESLIE: Danny in Nevada has a crack in his wall. Tell us about it.

DANNY: Actually theres a theres a crack in the ceiling. I noticed my living room, when it gets cold, the crack seems to kind of get a little bit bigger.

LESLIE: Okay.

DANNY: And then during the summer months, it seems to disappear.

TOM: Yeah, that makes sense, Danny, because in the winter, things shrink and dry out; in the summer, things get very moist and swell. How what kind of a ceiling do you have? Is it a plaster? Is it drywall? What is it?

DANNY: Its more like a plaster.

TOM: Okay. Thats pretty typical. You know, those plaster cracks are what the realtors call charm. (laughing) They add to the character.

DANNY: (overlapping voices) Oh, not like a structural concern or is there a way to repair it or should I just leave it be?

TOM: Not likely to be a structural concern. How old is this house?

DANNY: Fifteen years old.

TOM: Well, its not plaster then. (chuckling) Its probably just drywall.

LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Its probably drywall.

TOM: Yeah.

LESLIE: What describe the crack. Is it diagonal? Is it straight?

DANNY: Its straight. Its right in the ceiling where like where they seem to meet. Like the (inaudible).

LESLIE: Yeah, its probably a seam. Its a seam of two sheets of drywall, most likely.

TOM: Is it perfectly straight?

DANNY: Yes, (inaudible) the edge.

TOM: Yeah. You know what I think it is, I think, Leslie, I think youre right. I think its simply a drywall seam. Now, theres two ways to fix this. One thing that you could do is you could caulk it with a latex paintable latex caulk. Because thatll

LESLIE: Which will flex with it.

TOM: Yeah, itll expand and contract with it. Thats sort of the quick fix. You may still see it but it wont be nearly as obvious. But the best way to do it is to simply retape that seam, which is a bigger job. Youd have to put drywall tape on top of that and respackle it with three or four good coats of spackle.

LESLIE: And I think the better tape is the fiberglass tape .

TOM: Yeah, I like the fiberglass, too, because its a mesh tape. You dont have to worry about any air bubbles underneath the paper tape. It just goes on really well. And it expands it really holds that crack together.

DANNY: Now, for insulation, should it be like should anything be escaping out of it when its loose?

TOM: No, I wouldnt worry too much about the insulation. Its really just cosmetic; its not structural in the least.

DANNY: Oh, okay.

TOM: Alright, Danny?

LESLIE: Now, is there you said that it was plaster. Does it have a finish on it thats textured?

DANNY: It is textured. (audio gap) some type of a finish but its more shiny.

LESLIE: Does it look does it look like swirls or popcorn?

DANNY: A little like swirls (inaudible).

TOM: Yeah, it sounds like theres a textured finish on it. That makes the job of retaping it even more difficult. I would caulk it.

DANNY: Okay.

TOM: Caulk it and then repaint that. You could use a roller with a very, very thick coating on it so the paint gets into all those nooks and crannies.

DANNY: Fine.

TOM: And thatll probably make it go away completely. Okay, Danny?

DANNY: Fine.

TOM: Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.


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