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lisagwrhodes

06:57AM | 04/10/03
Member Since: 04/09/03
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I wanted to paint my girls room, but the wall has cracks in the plaster and lathe. The house is about 45 years old and they are happening in different parts of the house. Someone mentioned that the house needs jacking up. What is this and what does it mean? Could I do it myself? How would you know that the house is level?

fragasaurus

07:53AM | 04/10/03
Member Since: 12/01/02
93 lifetime posts
I'm not a builder or expert on the subject but I think the suggestion is to literally lift one corner or side of your house on the assumption that settling is causing the cracks. I've seen it done but don't know what's really involved. I do think this is a case where if you had to ask what it is, it's probably time to get a professional.

Piffin

05:15PM | 04/11/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1284 lifetime posts
Not a bad answer fragas.

If the house has settled unevenly, it would stress the plaster and could cause diagonal cracks to run through the face of it.

The house could be jacked back to level by a professional with the right tools and equipment. That won't fix the pl;aster cracks but would probably stop them from betting worse. There are occasionall situations where leveling a house will make things worse for the plaster.

Only a professional on site can determine the best path and plan.
But if these cracks are minor and the house is not otherwise suffering or shopwing other symptoms of settling, I would spackle the cracks and paint right on over.
Who knows, it could have even been a crooked contaactor trying to turn a hundred dollar paint job into a five thousand dollar home repair.

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