How to repair settling cracks in the drywall.


This is only a patch, so if significant settling is still occurring at a fast rate, take care of that first. Otherwise, it works well.
Best, Charles
Neighborhood crack house
Neighborhood crack house
Open up the crack edges with the point of a 5-in-1 tool to create a V-shaped groove, dust out and prime.  Screw down the springy wall to the closest studs.
Open up the crack edges with the point of a 5-in-1 tool to create a V-shaped groove, dust out and prime. Screw down the springy wall to the closest studs.
Pack in a flexible patching compound like Sher-Wms ConSeal (knife grade), then run your finger down the crack and and pull out what you can.
Pack in a flexible patching compound like Sher-Wms ConSeal (knife grade), then run your finger down the crack and and pull out what you can.
Cover the crack with the low profile version of fiber tape.
Cover the crack with the low profile version of fiber tape.
Apply 2-3 coats of joint compound, sand and prime.
Apply 2-3 coats of joint compound, sand and prime.

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  • Lori Shunk
    on Oct 18, 2017

    I notice that there appear to be screws above and below the crack that didn't seem to be there to begin with. Did you put those there for a reason or were they there all along.

  • Jenn
    on Jan 23, 2019

    Looks like a great idea! We’ve been having this problem all over my house. We’ve been mudding, taping, sanding, mudding tapping, then caulking. Might give this a try!

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