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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.


Harry Hink is the owner of HB Services, LLC. He has years of experience in the home improvement field and brings an unparalleled enthusiasm to his customers. HB Services is known locally for their continued support of local communities, schools and businesses.

Harry is active in many organizations to include the Medical Care of Children Partnership(MCCP) which is a community partnership dedicated to providing medical and dental services to children of the working poor of Fairfax County who otherwise are ineligible to receive healthcare offered through Medicaid or other private and public sources. Harry is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corp, a certified United States swimming coach and, most important, a husband and father.

Owner Harry Hink’s philosophy is timeless and simple – do for our customers what we would do for ourselves. Our staff will listen to your ideas, offer insight suggestions and come up with a design that fits your lifestyle and adds value to your home.


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    Ruth Ann Brooks Tuesday, 26 January 2016

    HB Services has provided many home improvement services to my home over the years. The work his crews have done has been excellent. Harry is very knowledgeable and gives great advice. HB Services is No. 1 in home improvement!

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