I have a hairline crack that spreads down for about 2 feet on a plaster
board wall, I know its because of settling and over the years when I paint
that wall I skim over it with filler and then paint but invariably it
reappears, the property is 20 years old now.
What is the best way to deal with this I have probably used all sorts of
fillers over the years but still it reappears.
Would it be better to scrape out a wider crack and then fill or is there
something else I should be doing?
Just filling it with filler is not likely to work with a moving object. You
might find that if you open the crack up about an inch each side and about
quarter inch deep, bed scrim in with filler and top it off flush that it
The problem is that the force trying to split it open could be enormous if
the house is settling, and it may be difficult to cure it.
BTW, scrim is an open woven tape used by plasterers to bridge joins in
plasterboard, etc. They stick it into place with plaster and then plaster
over the top when it's gone off.
I had a similar crack in my living room, although my house is only 12 years
old. I got a shave hook and scraped down the crack with the point, making a
'v' shape into it, I then filled with ordinary filler sanded down and
repainted with emulsion. In just over 12 months no re-cracking.
This approach might well have worked but only if there is no further
movement. In the OP's case he's done it before and the crack reappears,
indicating further movement. Frankly, if these is much movement I think it
will be very difficult to cure without stopping the movement in the first
I have successfully used painters caulking in this sort of situation. I
would suggest that you 'rake' out the joint to around a quarter of an inch
(and more if necessary) and then fill - the reason: the caulking will expand
and contract to take up the movement and anything less will stop that
A link here to give some details
This can be obtained from most of the 'sheds' and from decorator's
As a matter of interest, if the gap has stayed the same size over the years
and there are no other external signs - tehn it's unlikely to be settelement
in the true sense but merely the boards expanding and contracting -
especially if they are in or near a humid atmosphere.
Hope this helps
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