I have several cracks in my bedroon walls that I need some advice on how to
repair. There are 3 in particular that run from floor to ceiling in a
relatively straight line. It is almost as if they are running along a seam.
2 of the cracks are behind our bed and directly behind where we lean our
heads when reading in bed. (no headboard). I am worried that if I simply
run some drywall compound along these cracks and re-paint, the slighest bit
of pressure from our heads will open the cracks up again.
Is the alternative to use drywall tape and compound? I am BRUTAL with tape
and when I have tried before, it is very visible..would have to call in a
Thanks for your help,
Unless you and your wife have really big heads that you bang again the
wall whilst reading or have some of the most piss-poor support known to
mankind in that wall (i.e. drywall over paneling to disguise the fact
that some cheap-ass previous owner set your studs, like 5 feet apart
when he remodeled the room a few decades back), I'd be inclined to think
the problem isn't as terrible as you imagine, and is indeed just a seam
crack from settling, age, or whatever over the years. And on any normal
wall, just setting your head back will not cause new cracks. Other
certain activities could, but simple reading won't.
First, push on the wall. Does it move/bow inward when you do? If not, no
problem. You really don't have to tape. Just lay on a layer of joint
compound (mud), sand, and paint. But then again, once you put new paint
over that, you'll probably end up repainting the whole room, and then
the hallway because you can't just have new paint in one room and have
the halls look shitty, and then before you know it, you're repainting
the whole house. Sigh ... it just never ends, does it?
If the wall does move/bow inward, then you have some fairly significant
problems that call for a contractor and/or a fairly decent DIY project.
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