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05:58AM | 01/10/99
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I have recently moved in to a fantastic 1932
English Tudor home but unfortunately I'm missing the male gene for home repair and need your assistance.

There are several spots in the home where hairline fractures of 6 inches to 2 feet in length have appeared on the plaster walls. The fractures are found on the walls originating at the upper corners of door frames and extending upwards at 45 degrees or in some cases horizontally from the point of origin.

Are these fractures something I need to act on? Right away? What should be done?
Thanks for any help,
Andrew

SprungJo

12:05PM | 01/13/99
Given that what you have are just hairline
cracks, my first guess is that your house is
probably in excellent shape. But check out
your doors first. Do they rub and stick
anywhere, particularly at the top or bottom?
Likewise for windows. Look to see if the
doors have been planed to fit again and again
-- if not, rejoice. Check the door jambs
with a framing square to see if they're true.
Inventory where your cracks are. For
instance, suppose you find that all those 45
degree cracks are near the east end of east -
west walls, and that the low end of the crack
is always to the west. That would indicate
that the east side of the building has gone
down a little. If there's no particular
pattern or consistency to the location and
direction of the cracks, then you just have
normal settling for a building that age, and
probably less than most houses that old.

-- J.S.

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