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caryt

09:04AM | 08/26/03
Member Since: 08/25/03
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Is there such a syndrome whereby drywall dries out and cracks just from age? The reason for asking is that I live in a coop with a history of structural problems. The new Board doesn't want to fix cracks in apts. and is claiming that cracks in walls and separations of walls from ceilings (over 1" wide) are not caused by building shifting or movement. Rather, they claim, drywall naturally does that after 15 years because it dries out.

snack

04:32AM | 09/01/03
Member Since: 05/31/03
14 lifetime posts
They're lying through their teeth.

k2

07:04AM | 09/01/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Sure sounds like hogwash, doesn't it!

hoganem

11:06AM | 09/03/03
Member Since: 02/13/03
90 lifetime posts
My house is 25 years old and my brothers house is 50 years old and the drywall is not breaking down. The cracks are from the building moving, undisturbed drywall will sit forever.

joed

04:38PM | 09/07/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
527 lifetime posts
A 1" crack is a serious problem. They are misinformed about drywall shrinking.

Soundproof Bob

07:56AM | 10/24/03
Member Since: 10/15/03
10 lifetime posts
Caryt,

Is there a chance that there is a plaster cap over your existing drywall? If so, that could be what is cracking, and not the drywall. Looks like it's time to elect new Board members, ya think?

Soundproof Bob

[This message has been edited by Soundproof Bob (edited October 24, 2003).]

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