Asked on Jul 10, 2018

How to fix Ceiling crack?

WilliamBijousNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CA


We had taken a wall out in the kitchen. Where the wall had met the ceiling originally keeps cracking. The attic is above the kitchen. I don't know what to do to stop the crack reappearing. Any suggestions?


5 answers
  • Vicki Bushert
    on Jul 10, 2018

    Are you certain the wall you took out is not a load bearing wall? How long and thick is the crack.

    Ive patched mine with slackly then used flex seal spray over it. Flex seal spray is paintable. And it will stretch as the crack moves. I'm not sure how old your home is but the continues "settling" over the lift of the house causing these cracks.

    We kniw now ours was from going into the addict and stepping on the rafters which would move the drywall making the crack spread. We used a stud finder to find the joists. The screwed the drywall into the joists about 3 and again 6 inches away on both sides of the crack we did this to just beyond length of the crack. Then sparkled the holes and (since we had popcorn ceilings) just sprayed upshot by kilz. It's a ceiling spray made to match old white ceilings.

    crack hasny moved in 6 years now that we did that.

  • Christine
    on Jul 10, 2018

    Seems that a load bearing wall was removed and could account for the cracking indicating that the weight of your roof is trying to come down in that area at minimum.

  • Sounds like you took out a load bearing wall, was not reinforced and was not done to current building code. Get a structural engineer in asap to assess the situation and provide a repair schedule to bring it up to code. Over time, the roof is going to collapse and / or the exterior wall will blow out. Building codes are for your safety.
  • Bijous
    on Jul 10, 2018

    Hi, is it cracking a lot or just at the tape? I have a ceiling area where two pieces of sheetrock butt together. Apparently there was no rafter there so the pieces are sort of free floating on their ends. The movement of the house causes a hair line crack along the tape. There's no way of fixing this. It's safe, just annoying. Yours may be the same way. Check in the attic and see what's going on. Good luck.

  • William
    on Jul 11, 2018

    You removed a load bearing wall without checking whether it was or not. Now it's starting to collapse. You need a structural engineer to determine what size beam you need to support the weight. You can't just put something up there and hope for the best. A good strong wind, heavy rain, and snow can bring the ceiling down and blow the walls out.

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