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daboy48

12:53PM | 03/13/06
Member Since: 03/12/06
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I live in a home that is 35 years old. I have lived there for about 8 years. Over this time i have noticed some of the nails bulging thru the drywalled walls and a few vertical cracks in the foundation. I just recently had my home sided, and the contractor told me one corner of the home is 5/8 inches lower than the others. Should I be concerned?

Thanks!!

Piffin

05:32PM | 03/19/06
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
it could have been off by that much when it was built or his level could be off by that much.

Minor cracks in concrete are common and often from shrinkage rather than a structural concern.

Nail pops ion the SR are generally from the studs drying and shrinking after the house is finished.

So don't worry too much about it if the water isn't coming in and the windows and doors work.

Excellence is its own reward!


daboy48

12:43PM | 03/20/06
Member Since: 03/12/06
2 lifetime posts
Thanks so much. You eased my mind!!!!!

Glenn Good

02:18PM | 03/22/06
Member Since: 09/10/03
314 lifetime posts
You should monitor the cracks periodically to see if they are growing. If they begin to open up or get larger over time you may have a settlement problem that needs attention or further evaluation.

Minor shrinkage cracks are common but if they continue to grow there is a larger problem present. All cracks should be sealed especially if you live in an area prone to freeze thaw cycles. Any water getting into the cracks and freezing will cause them to grow larger as well.

You can also find specially designed crack monitors that can be installed across a crack. They have a pointer on them that will show how much the crack is opening up over time. These crack monitors can be found on the web by doing a Google search. They are inexpensive and easy to install.

Cracks are fairly common. By monitoring them you can determine if they are an indicator of a more serious problem or only superficial.

Glenn

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