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We're looking for a solution to cover or fix a crack that keeps reappearing around a a steam pipe we have. No matter how well we patch it and paint over it, it keeps coming back. Can anyone recommend a modern cover or a way to solve this issue. I have included a close-up photo below showing the crack around pipe.

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Your crack is forming over and over because the steam pipe is getting hot, expanding, and cracking your plaster.

The solution is to cut the plaster back about 1/4" from the walls of the pipe all the way around, then to cover the seam with an escutcheon that hides the crack.

Example of a smaller escutcheon: enter image description here

  • Thank you Evil Greebo for the prompt reply. Now I have the name of the proper cover (escutcheon) that I need to look for. Any shops you think I might be able to find these? I looked on google but nothing really comes up for a diameter that big. thx – macutan Sep 24 '12 at 14:42
  • You might have to make one or have one made. There are a number of ways you can accomplish this - for instance you could get a piece of composite (aka plastic) "shoe" molding and a heat gun and heat form it into the proper shape to fit, (with a small gap) then glue it in place with caulk to the pipe. – The Evil Greebo Sep 24 '12 at 14:46
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    Look in the plumbing dept. of your local home improvement store.You may have to ask for help finding them. There are models that have a hinge to allow you to go around the pipe and then close it. – mikes Sep 24 '12 at 14:54
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    @macutan See this at Home Depot. Other sizes available and should also be at Lowes and plumbing supply houses. – bib Sep 24 '12 at 15:43
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    @macutan Yup. Per Greebo's original answer, "cut the plaster back about 1/4" from the walls of the pipe all the way around". – Jeremy W. Sherman Sep 24 '12 at 16:27

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