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Systematic way to fix/seal, identify and confirm the non-obvious cracks/gaps decreasing tightness and causing drafts in an old house [closed]

I have a 100 year old house. I do not know about any obvious gaps/cracks/drafts. But generally I feel the house is not very tight. It is very hard to heat up and looses heat quickly (*). It is ...
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Fixing interior Wall Cracks and Door Frame Gaps

I've recently relocated to a new place and I'm considering removing the current wallpaper in the living room and repainting it. However, upon removing the wallpaper, I noticed cracks in the wall about ...
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Okay to drill into concrete ceiling with cracks?

I am not too handy. I have a shed-like room in my house that is basically bare cinderblocks I want to use as a workshop/garden tools etc. There is one electrical outlet. I want to hang a work light in ...
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How to fix crack in caulk?

I have no idea what I'm doing. New here, please Be kind thank you
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How to best fix a crack in concrete balcony corner?

So I was recently pondering a problem with a crack in a corner of a balcony made of concrete as shown below in the picture. I am not a builder (rather an amateur handyman) but would like to educate ...
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Vaulted ceiling cracked paint

I’m not sure if it’s from old paint or if it’s a sign of water damage but my ceiling paint in the v is cracking. Suggestions on what to look out for? It’s so high I can’t get to it myself
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Does tar need to be removed from concrete before an overlay is poured?

We're doing a 1 3/4” concrete leveling layer over an existing slab as prep for LVP flooring. Does the tar need to be removed completely for new concrete to bond? And do I need to seal existing cracks ...
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Why is the paint peeling and brown spots appearing on my ceiling?

I'm renting an apartment. The paint on my ceiling is slowing peeling and I see small brown spots on my bathroom ceiling. My bedroom closet ceiling is showing a lot of cracks and discoloring. The ...
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Can I fill and paint a split porch post or is replacement recommended?

My wife and I both noticed this week that in the cold temperatures (northern Ohio) the wood on one of the columns on our front porch has split near the bottom, where it contacts concrete (see images ...
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Can a cracked quartz shower wall be repaired to safely support a sliding door install?

During our bathroom remodel the shower door top rail was being installed and the glass installer cracked the quartz slab wall. We think they tightened the hardware down too tight/unevenly and crushed ...
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Stair-step crack question

I live in student housing where there is very poor maintenance of the building. This building looks like it was built cheaply (such as the walls being very very thin, and not having windows that you ...
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Are these cracks in a brick wall due to subsidence?

I've had my house about 5 years now, I did notice these cracks but nothing showed up in the report but now I'm starting to get quite worried about them. They've not gotten worse from what I can see ...
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Are these cracks developing in a brick wall a serious issue?

Been a two month drought, tried to keep up with the clay underneath. House is on a slope, and it looks like it finally shifted. There are cracks developing in the garage floor as well, one spot in ...
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Is it worth trying to seal these cracks in my driveway?

Cracks have formed in my driveway over the past couple of years. They are relatively thin - probably 0.5" at the widest point - but wide enough that weeds have taken root in them. There are ...
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Should asphalt crack sealant fill the cracks to completely level?

I'm having a contractor crack-seal and seal-coat my asphalt driveway. They applied the crack seal yesterday and some of it looks like this: While there is crack-seal material in the cracks, it isn't ...
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Are these bathroom wall tiles coming off?

I just spotted a crack in between two wall tiles in my bathroom. Here is a closer look: At the crack, the tile on the left is about 1 millimeter above the right tile (i.e. they are no longer aligned)...
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What do you suppose is causing the separation and disintegration of these bricks? [closed]

This is no longer my problem, but I'm curious what you assume is happening here. On the inside, the floor appears to be sinking towards the center of the house. Another area of brick is leaning away ...
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Fix Cracks in Matte Stucco

Any recommendations on filling cracks in matte stucco with a particular type of putty or caulk? Preferably one that can be color matched?
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What could be causing these cracks?

My partner and I noticed these cracks in part of our wall/ceiling, above where the house juts out for 3 windows (I believe this is called a bay window setup?). The wall feels dry and doesn't flex/feel ...
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How to repair cracks in concrete floor after a slab leak?

Had a cold water leak in pipe under slab. Water came through cracks in floor. What is best and inexpensive way to repair the cracks?
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Crack under window on the interior [duplicate]

There is step crack under the window of my house. This is on the drywall. Is this an issue? How do I proceed?
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Cracks in wall and ceiling, pier spacing?

I have been in my house for close to two years now and have had cracks appear throughout on the walls and ceiling. If someone can help me figure out what might be the cause, that would be greatly ...
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Slc cracks in new floor want to us asca main floor [closed]

I poured slc 13 days later it got hairline cracks in it. My question is will it stop cracking I want to stain and seal it as a main floor.
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Are these cracks in our wall something to be concerned about?

There are a couple of cracks that have been in our wall for about 5-6 years. They haven’t gotten any worse, and I don’t see any other cracks anywhere else in our home. I was going to fill them in ...
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Can ants cause structural damage to a block house?

Over a long enough time can ants cause structural damage to a house, or other structure, built with concrete blocks? We bought our current home new but the house was sitting complete and empty for ...
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Ceiling cracks on second level

Any issues with these ceiling cracks on my second level. The blue room has new drywall. The green room doesn’t [
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House front wall cracks [duplicate]

I was decorating my hallway and noticed hairline crack going above the front door. Scratched off the front layers and underneath found much wider crack is this something to worry about or just fill it ...
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What causes these cracks on top of window corners? [closed]

Today i suddenly saw this crack coming up in top corner of a window. I am curious to why such a thing happens. Is it normal or can be a sign of bigger problem like foundation issue?? Window is not ...
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What could be causing my drywall to do this?

My home is less than a year old. A few months after moving in, I noticed a few spots where the drywall looks like it is cracked and flaking outward. The spots in question are on the second floor just ...
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Why are there cracks between my vinyl windows and the drywall?

This is a 5 year old house. Why are these cracks coming up in all my windows?
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How to understand if a wall crack is serious?

I am trying to determine how serious this wall crack is. I am open to all comments and suggestions. In particular, I was wondering: How to assess the damage? Should I get professional help, if so, ...
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How to hide cracks on the joints between wood and plaster?

I have a plastered brick wall, that ends with a wooden piece that's finished like the plastered wall. However, there is always a crack at the edge between the wood and the plastered wall. My question ...
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How do I repair a split stud in load-bearing wall

I was hammering in a drywall anchor where my stud detector said there was not a stud, but it turned out to be wrong! This put a clean break in the stud up and down. I cut into the drywall at the spot ...
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16’ Wooden I-Beams sagging after additional weight added

We recently completed a renovation on the third floor of a 3-story structure built in 1999 that is supported by wooden I-beams. We added a tiled bathroom with a tiled shower, a hickory floor, which ...
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Drywall cracked while installing a TV wall mount

We were drilling in the TV mount into a stud and the drywall cracked. Is it still safe to hang our TV? Or should I be concerned that the stud won’t hold the TV?
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Paint and primer cracks immediately when I apply it to antique plaster wall

I am having trouble painting plaster walls of an entryway/kitchen. The paint crackles like reptile skin as soon as it dries. See photo. What I’ve done: I washed the walls prior to painting (they are ...
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Butt joint transition from drywall to wood with joint compound or other material to prevent future cracks from wood movement

I'm having countertops installed and the top cap of pony wall is two stacked 2x4s with the wood outer edge flush with the drywall. My first thought was just to prime the wood and use joint compound ...
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Rooftop deck repair questions

I'm in the process of restaining rooftop deck. I first washed it with a deck cleaner product. I'm now in the process of sanding. I was hoping to ask a few questions: I noticed a few areas where ...
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Shall I worry about these cracks in wall?

I have a few small cracks in different places in the house. Most of them around doors and windows and they are horizontal or vertical, which I think they are pretty common and nothing to worry about. ...
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Is this diagonal crack worrying?

Have a relatively new 5 year old double storey townhouse. There is a long diagonal slightly jagged crack extending from the corner where the door meets the wall in the ground floor. It's almost 60cm ...
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Long Crack in External Wall. What has caused this?

Viewed this victorian, end of terrace house- The only glaring problem is a lengthy crack running down the side. The estate agent has said that the owner had these addressed in a structural survey and ...
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Shower tile cracking horizontally in two corners

I was cleaning my shower today and noticed two new hairline tile cracks (they weren’t there when I cleaned last week). Both are in the third row up and both cracks span the corners. 6 tiles total are ...
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Small cracks in I-Joist bottom flange [closed]

I have noticed 3 small cracks over a a span of maybe 6 inches in one of my I-joists' bottom flange. It's ironically only on one side. I suspect this is triggered by the top flange which has a ...
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Exterior wood doors constantly cracking and splitting

I recently built a home in Mexico on the beach and am having a hard time keeping 3 of my exterior wood doors (all street facing doors) from constantly splitting, cracking & swelling due to the sun ...
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Should I be concerned about these cracks in my garage drywall?

I bought a house 8 months ago the inspector said everything was fine with the house. This past weekend I noticed this crack that goes the entire length of my garage and down the wall. House is 14 ...
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Expansion joins in 3m x 1.6m concrete retaining wall (with a brick wall ontop)

I'm working on creating a concrete retaining wall; which is between two large rocks; and will support a wall, and roof on top of it. The whole building is a 3m x 3m shed. When the retaining wall is ...
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How to avoid cracks between painted wood and painted plaster?

A wooden piece is screwed against a plastered block-wall. Both, the wooden piece and the plaster, are primed and painted. Problem. I expect that there will be a thin crack between the wood and the ...
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cracks/marks on basement wall

While cleaning my basement today i saw these cracks/marks on the wall. When i touch it its dry and not wet. Since its the basement the other side of the wall is exterior under ground. Any idea what is ...
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Are these cracks on the stone wall with a water tank on top serious?

First of all, english isn’t my main language and I lack the vocabulary to describe the issue, types of walls/cracks, I’ll attach images instead. Basically the housing complex was built on a cliff like ...
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Cracks in Basement Floor

We are in the process of buying a home and most of the homes we see have cracks on the floors in the unfinished part of the basements. We are worried about buying a home that is not structurally sound ...
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