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Your Guide to Fixing Crevice Cracks
You may have heard that houses “settle” over time. When this happens, you may notice cracks in the plaster or concrete. And as your house becomes more lived in, you may notice more holes in your walls from nails. So how do you fix these common problems?
Taming a Crevice Crack
Your plan of attack will depend on whether your walls are made of plaster, drywall, or concrete. A crack in drywall is easiest to fix; simply vacuum out any loose material and apply joint compound tape to the area. Apply two thin layers of joint compound, and sand when dry.
Plaster wall crevice crack repair requires a different process. Using a chisel, undercut the crack, so your plaster compound has something to adhere to. Wipe away any excess plaster dust. With a putty knife, apply a plaster patching compound, found at most home improvement stores, over the crack. Let dry completely, and sand off excess.
Concrete cracks require an epoxy repair kit. Inject epoxy into the crack and let cure, usually about six hours. Follow up with a liquid concrete repair solution, applied with a caulk gun.
Caulking Nail Pops
You can easily caulk nail pops in drywall, plaster, or concrete walls using the same basic procedure as crevice cracks. Performing your own home repair is an easy way to save time and money. When you’re repairing deep crevice cracks, however, be on the lookout for structural damage. Major cracks in concrete (typically load bearing walls) can be indicative of a more serious problem. For these issues, it’s best to get in touch with an expert.