How to repair a crack in the wall?

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I fixed a big crack in my bathroom wall near the ceiling and it looked fine and now it is puffed out and ready to crack open again. I don’t know what else to do with it

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  • Just kris Just kris on Oct 21, 2018

    Silicone caulk & skip trowel

  • William William on Oct 21, 2018

    Did you use drywall tape over the crack? Fiberglass mesh tape is sticky on one side. Then apply drywall compound. Sand, prime and paint.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Oct 21, 2018

    Could you provide a picture, not sure what has puffed out. How did you fix it and with What? Drywall? Chalk? Did you dig out the crack to make larger to be able to fill in better?

    • Debbie Debbie on Oct 22, 2018

      I used spackle and mesh drywall at tape and yeah I did clean this out befor repairing, I cleaned it, filled it with compound the kind you get in a tub, applied My tape, then applied my compound again smoothing everything out , let it dry and sanded and painted, it was fixed but now it is doing this, I can press on it and push it back, I don’t know what else to do

  • What are your walls and what did you use to "fix" it?

    • Debbie Debbie on Oct 22, 2018

      Drywall, spackle and drywall mesh tape, I cleaned it out, filled it up, put my tape on it filled my tape and smoothed it out sanded it when it all dried and it was fixed and now it is sticking out like it is going to break apart

  • Wanda Joy Brock Wanda Joy Brock on Oct 22, 2018

    Any signs of a water leak or vent leak?

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Oct 22, 2018

    What a pain, I guess the next step would be to remove a large section of drywall above the door. Pry off carefully the top trim piece of door cut drywall from center of stud to another center to ceiling and replace with a new piece of drywall that you screw into place . Finish seams, paint. This will also let you see what's going on behind the problem.

  • Peggy Peggy on Oct 22, 2018

    I agree with Kelli Milligan, you need to replace the entire piece of drywall. I have a 46 year old split level that continues to settle (and also Kansas is getting earthquakes which can’t help). Hubby fixed cracks in the master bedroom 13 years ago, it lasted a month or so. I’ve lived with cracks ever since. Son is going to replace pieces of drywall ‘someday’. Good luck!

  • William William on Oct 22, 2018

    Seems like you did everything right. Looks it may be a settlement crack. The object with mesh tape is not to have to put down any compound before the tape. That's why it's sticky on one side unlike paper tape which requires compound to stick. I cover cracks/seams with mesh tape, mud, sand when dry, prime, and paint. I also like to use no shrink drywall patching compound. Very little or no sanding. Can be smoothed out with a damp sponge. If you put compound in the crack then the mesh tape it's possible the compound broke it's bond and is pushing out the mesh tape.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Jan 31, 2021

    Here are some ideas https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=How%20to%20repair%20a%20crack%20in%20the%20wall%3F&rs=typed&term_meta[]=How%20to%20repair%20a%20crack%20in%20the%20wall%3F%7Ctyped

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