Are hairline cracks in a stud a problem


Vertical and horizontal cracks may occur in brick structures due to normal movement of the building’s foundation. These occur typically due to the use of different materials in the same wall. Some mortar materials may shrink while the bricks naturally expand, which results in small cracks. When cracks appear in the mortar of brick walls due to foundation settlement, they usually occur vertically. In these cases, the cracks aren’t cause for concern. However, most settlement is short-term, so cracks continuously appearing or enlarging indicate a larger problem. Cracks smaller than 1/4 inch are not usually caused by ongoing settlement issues. If the cracks begin to shear off and run horizontally or in a stair-step pattern, you may have a structural concern no matter how small the cracks. Get your wall and foundation inspected to determine if repairs are...

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Usually, defects like structural cracks, non-structural cracks, spalling of plaster, grinning (visibility of mortar joint into the finished plaster) and popping of paint/plaster are found on the wall of the house.

Sometimes crazing (fine cracks) in plaster is found on the surface of the newly built wall. Use of excessive fine sand (dust in sand) or over troweling of cement mortar cause the crazing in the plaster.

Sometimes fine cracks occur in the paint due to the early application of paint means the paint is applied before finishing the curing period. Generally, this happens when you carry out repairing work of wall plaster.

In both cases, cracks are non-structural cracks and do not affect the stability of your home.

If the cracks are structural cracks, Read Investigation & Repairing of Cracks in Brickwork.

Learn more about cracks at...

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Earthquakes are not the only cause of cracks in the walls of a house - shifting foundations can be caused by soil type and soil displacement following weather-related events.

Most homeowners will spot a crack or two (or more) in their house at some time, even those who don't live in an earthquake zone.

But when is a crack something minor or a problem that needs to be tackled on a bigger scale?

James O'Grady from ground engineering firm, Mainmark says although some cracks are nothing to worry about, others can indicate sinking or damaged foundations. "Turning a blind eye to wall cracks can result in the homeowner missing the warning signs for serious and ongoing structural damage," he says.


Underpinning a house may be the best way to fix serious cracks in walls.

"Generally, smaller hairline cracks are not cause for concern. These are usually the result of seasonal expansion and contraction of clay...

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Have you noticed that your floors are sloping or that you have hairline cracks in your walls, floors, tiles and drywall? These are all signs that you may have foundation problems. There are several reasons why a home may settle. Some of the most common reasons are:

Improper backfilled soil - If the soil beneath the foundation was not properly backfilled during construction, the soil will shift causing the foundation to shift and settle. Tree roots - If trees are too close to a home, the roots will drink up all of the water beneath the foundation, creating voids. The foundation will sink into these voids. Expansive soils - Expansive soils such as clay soil will expand when wet and shrink when dry. This constant heaving and shrinking of the soil will cause the foundation to shift and move.

When a home's foundation has settles, it will cause the entire home to be unlevel. Some of the signs of an unlevel house are:

Leaning chimney Doors and windows that stick Sloping floors...
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I have to but in here. How many hairline cracks are we talking about per tooth? Did it hurt when he was taking the brackets off of was it just uncomfortable? I had a brace at 15 (I'm now in my 20's) and my dentist left glue all over my teeth which was removed at a later date, I also have hair line cracks in my teeth. They are caused due to stress or damage to the teeth but also come with age, and general wear and tear. Is it possible you didn't notice them before because of the braces?

I think what you need to do is take a step and think, while this is a bit crap, I can sort it. Because you can! Your parents for one should be more supportive and help you with coming up with a solution! And as for your orthodontist, I suggest ringing them up and while being polite, tell them that it isn't good enough and that you NEED an appointment. As for getting there I would look at buses/trains, other family members etc. If you stand your ground you will get an appointment.

As for the...

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Gah! I’ve always hated decorating, but I hate it even more at the moment!

We are redecorating one of the bedrooms in our house and the plaster was obviously a bit rubbish and we wanted to get the artex ceiling skimmed over, so got a plasterer in.
I removed all the loose stuff beforehand and he came round before starting to check it was taken back far enough. Around the cracks I went back to the bare brick/lintels underneath.

There was a large crack from the top corner of the window frame that went at an angle to the corner at the ceiling. There was a similar, but smaller crack that ran from the opposide top corner of the window to the opposite ceiling corner.
These appeared to be sorted by the skim, but 3 weeks later they have come back. The plasterer did warn us this might happen and he said there’s not a lot that can be done about it, so I don’t think it’s the work he has done, as such. He did another room in our house and that looks great still, 18 months...

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Hello Pete,

I see you have already received some excellent replies, so I will add just a few comments.

First, i see you're from the "USA", but it doesn't say where. You might consider updating your location so we can see what climate you live in. In looking through your photos it looks like like you may have more than a stucco cracking problem; you more likely have a defective stucco problem. There are several indicators that appear to suggest this:

Absence of control joints and expansion joints.

No apparent head flashings over windows.

Only a narrow strip of Tyvek, and possibly Tyvek tape around windows as some sort of homemade window flashing.

The homemade Tyvek flashing is not lapped over the felt below windows. As installed, water running down the Tyvek at the sides of windows will flow behind the felt and likely into the exterior wall.

No apparent flashing over the top of the stone masonry (manufactured stone veneer?). Attempts to rely...

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The problem

Movement in the ceiling or walls often causes cracks around the ceiling line as they expand and contract. Raking out the crack and filling can solve the problem as can applying decorator’s caulk to the crack. Both of these solutions may only be a short-term fix.

Houses are ‘living’ things and naturally expand and contract with the heat and cold, modern houses are often built with stud interior walls, in other words are made from timber and plasterboard, these naturally move over time.

Other causes of these types of cracks could be house settlement, especially on new builds or extensions. They are nothing to worry about.

The solution

For a long-term solution fixing coving / cornice around the ceiling/wall line will cover up the crack but at the same time move with the house and also give a nice decorative ‘soft’ edge to any room.

Fixing coving to a room should be an inexpensive but a long-term solution.

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Wet The Wall Down Before You Do Anything...

First, you will want to wet down the wall where the crack is and around the area of the crack. Water will help move the caulk around, make it squeeze into the crack and will allow you to wipe off the excess a lot easier.

Apply The Caulking To The Crack

Next, you will want to apply a bead of caulk along the crack in an even and generous manner. Use the angle on the tip to your advantage, it will be easier to fill the crack this way. Be sure to have a consistent bead without any gaps, you will want the entire crack to be covered in a bead so it is sealed entirely.

After The Caulk Is Applied...

After you apply the caulking, it will look something like this (above photo). This is where cutting the tip of the caulking tube carefully comes in handy, the smaller the crack, the smaller the opening on the tip of the caulking tube should be. This will keep things neat and make the job come out a...

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I'am assuming that the cracks you are getting are straight one's that usually follow the joints of the plasterboard.
To be honest with you,this can happen unfortunately.

You'll probably get some spreads on here screaming your plasterer hasn't used scrim tape on joints but even using scrim tape is no guarantee that cracks will never appear.

This time of year is especially bad as most builders merchants stock all their boards in big cold,damp units so the boards can swell up a bit with the excessive moisture in the air.
Stick them on walls in a nice dry warm house and they will dry out and shrink.....this could be the cause of your cracks.
It only takes the slightest bit of movement for cracks to appear.
The cracks are perfectly manageable though,just get yourself a small bag of Gyproc Easi-Fill joint cement & some very fine sandpaper,mix a bit up then grab your wife's credit card to use for a spatula apply it well into the cracks & scrape off as...

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Q. Should I fix those little hairline cracks in my walls before selling my home?

A.Without question, any hairline cracks in your walls should be repaired before putting your home on the market, said Laura DeVita, a real estate saleswoman with Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty in Rye, N.Y.

“You don’t want prospective buyers coming in and thinking there’s a problem with the foundation or something that they don’t know about, which could cause a greater expense,” she said. “It may be superficial, but they don’t know that.”

That advice holds true regardless of the age of your home, Ms. DeVita said. “People want to see it clean and nice, whether it’s a historical property or new construction,’” she said. “You never want a prospective buyer to start speaking about your property in a...

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I emulsioned my bungalow bedroom ceiling 18 months ago and now a

hairline crack

has appeared.

Q I used emulsion on my smooth bedroom ceiling about 18 months ago but a

hairline crack

has appeared.

It's not a bad break but it's a

hairline crack

to the cannonbone, which was caused during the race so she won't be going to Japan - she'll be off to stud once the treatment is done.

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The 23-year-old midfielder's career has been punctuated by injury and now he has suffered another, a

hairline crack

of his left fibula.


hairline crack

was found on a highly stressed section of bridge supports by engineers who had been carrying out other repairs on the busy section of road.

Easy to use they will help...

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By Todd Fratzel on Foundations

Concrete Cracks

I often get asked about cracks in concrete foundations. Many home owners are nervous when they see cracks in concrete and wonder if they are bad or dangerous. While it’s a natural reaction to be concerned when you see something cracked the reality is that 95% of cracks in concrete are harmless and nothing to worry about.

Why Does Concrete Crack?

Concrete cracks when it is subjected to tensile stress (forces that pull apart on something vs forces that push together something). Concrete has very strong compressive strength and very poor tensile strength. That’s why concrete is reinforced with steel reinforcing called rebar. So you end up with a composite material, the concrete takes the compressive loads and the steel rebar takes the tensile forces.

There are many factors that cause concrete to crack. Some of the factors that can cause concrete cracks are:

Drying Shrinkage – as concrete...
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Another way to test the seriousness of a wall crack is to open and close internal doors to bedrooms and bathrooms and evaluate whether the doors stick. If so, ensure the sticking isn't a result of paint, faulty hardware or cracked wood. If you determine there's nothing obstructing the swinging motion of the door, it might be a sign of a moderate to severe foundation change, often resulting in wall cracks. According to MSN Real Estate, sticky doors could indicate that the frame has been twisted by a shifting house. If you notice a visible gap at the top of a sticky door where it meets the door frame and you see light shining through, that might also signal a serious settlement problem, often resulting in jagged, horizontal cracks on nearby...

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XK Cylinder Head Repair
by Richard Maury & Chris Engelhorn

Loose Tappet Guides: The most common repair the XK cylinder heads require is due to one or more loose tappet guides. The tappet guide is a steel sleeve, machined to press-fit into the head as a guide for the valve tappet. It is a tight fit and under normal circumstances does not move. The symptom is a clatter, usually evident in the exhaust cam cover area, although the symptom can appear on the intake side as well. This occurs due to the engine being overheated, which then causes the aluminum of the head to expand away from the guide allowing the guide to back out of the head along with the tappet, bringing the guide into contact with the cam lobe.(Tappet starting to come up below far left picture)

Removal of the cam covers is necessary to confirm the problem. If the owner is lucky and did not run the engine too long while the symptom occurred, he might not need to have any ...

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There can be a huge number of different reasons for cracks in the home. In the majority of cases small, hairline cracks in walls, ceilings and plaster can be a sign of simple expansion and contraction movement within your home due to humidity, temperature and the way that 100+ different materials in your home react to this, all expanding and contracting at different times and different rates. At the other end of the scale there could be bigger problems with foundations where they need underpinning in some way.

For example timber will expand and contract due to moisture levels and temperature. Put this in the context of an exposed wooden window frame in a bathroom that has been plastered right up to it, you can imagine in this environment, due to huge humidity and temperature fluctuations that the window frame will be exposed to, it will expand and contract significantly on a daily basis causing the plaster touches it to crack.

In most cases you wouldn’t have the above...

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There are so many different types of fasteners used in lathing. Stucco can be applied to virtually anything, so different substrates require different fasteners. Let’s take a look at some of the various types to get a better understanding of the different types and what they are used for.

Fasteners Used For Wooden Substrates:

Staples – These are the recommended and code enforced method to attaching the wire to the paper or foam. They have a wide crown and come in different lengths to meet the required depth of the specific stucco system you are using.

For instance, I will commonly use 1 1/4" long staples for a three coat stucco process and 2" staples for a one coat stucco s ystem.

A special staple gun is used to fasten the staples to the wall and the only thing that is really "special" about it is that it can fire wide crown staples, which usually have a 1" or 15/16" crown staple through it. These are somewhat hard to find and I have bought...

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In Part one of this post we looked at clay-based plasters; now we’ll examine the other natural binders, all of which are different from clay in that they have a chemical set.


Gypsum is one of the oldest plasters, and because it can be cooked as low as 350 degrees Fahrenheit to create a binder, it is in fact among the most ecological. Gypsum is a soft, fairly common mineral that is formed when sulphuric acid (typically from volcanoes) reacts with limestone. It is carried in solution and deposited in layers on sea-beds, and over time it forms into a soft stone which we now mine. Chemically gypsum is hydrous calcium sulphate (CaSO4·2H2O), but when cooked at temperatures you would use to cook a casserole, three-quarters of the chemically bound water is driven off, forming 2CaSO4.H2O, which is moulding plaster (plaster of Paris), or gauging plaster – the latter is chemically identical, but is ground coarser to slow the set time. This is the most common form of...

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