How to fix and prevent my wall from splitting every year?


have one wall in house that splits every year in winter house on treated cinder posts how to prevent this drywall is the wall

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  • Janice Janice on Feb 04, 2019

    This is caused from the change in temperature. We had a similar spot in the home we lived in years ago. It expanded and contracted do to the weather. Not much you can do other than try to make it look less noticeable.

  • JTL JTL on Feb 04, 2019

    Try Elastopatch by DAP. It is a flexible joint compound designed for areas that are prone to cracking. There may be other brands. Note that this compound takes more effort to sand & smooth once dry. So far I have been happy with the results..

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Feb 04, 2019

    This is caused by house movement in varying weather. Try to fix the problem when the crack is at its largest. You may have to use more tape and spackle or even build it up with an expandable and paintable caulk if the crack is not too small. .

  • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Feb 04, 2019

    If it splits in the same area annually it wasn't installed right by a Pro but instead: Somebody wanted to play Architect,


    Yes, you can chalk this one up as a Contributing Effort to a Book Titled: 'Insights into Playing Architect in America'.

    There's easily 50 million Contributors to this: 'Work'.

    Assuredly, Playing Architect is within the History of your home at some stage. Also in Janice's Too, who has Same Problem.

    This sometimes even occurs at Building Phases...

    I have seen New Homes with Problems worst than yours due to: Persons Playing Architect.

    Playing Architect is never good. There is a General Rule to Architecture: If you do not like the Architecture, you sell the home to someone who does and move to a place with the Architecture you like most.

    That Sermon Complete, You should look into:

    A. A Decor Post and

    B.1. Altering the Seam Placement on the Drywall Installation to Align the Seam at where it cracks and Measure Outward from the Crack as Pros do, rather than Corner to Corner as Semi-Pros do.

    Decorative options do not fix the problem but hide it in plain sight, to secure that any cracks that do occur, hide behind an upright.

    Fixing the Problem entails Option B.2 (below)

    Doing A. Is somewhat optional reliant on B.2 extremity, and after proper installation, considerations and architectural considerations involved with B.2 (recommended) it is very likely you do not need A or B.1 but B.2 Only:

    B.2. Cutting out that Section in a Rectangle to Reframe it, to orderly Architect a Singular Drywall, Shelving, Cabinet or Other Built-In Furnishing (as Dinettes and Kitchenettes) which may have been in the Original Layout and Design, integral to Support the Full Architecture, but upon Removal, (or outright failure to install it by builders), decreased the Blueprinted Functionality as a Support became Removed (or not installed at all).

    Doing either of B. Must place a Choice Flexible Caulking in between, like: Painter's Helper, rather than Spackle, where there will be room for expanse and contract that occurs Seasonally by the flexibility of the Compound used as an alternative to Spackle.

    As always: Paint after Caulk, not before caulk.

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