Whether found on concrete, drywall or plaster, a crack in your wall is an eyesore. Usually caused by natural factors over an extended period of time, it is possible to fix the crack in your wall in a couple of days. Basic materials and tools from your nearest home improvement store can set you on your way to fixing that disturbing crack. However, note that if the surface distortion or cracks are severe, or there are any other signs of substantial structural issues, have your house assessed by a certified building professional, such as BMC Microfine, before you embark on carrying out the repairs yourself.
Read on to familiarize yourself with the top 4 ways to fix cracks on various kinds of walls.
Applying joint compound for your drywall
Fixing a crevice on drywall is among the easiest types of repairs you’ll ever encounter in your home. Start by cutting an-eighth to a quarter-inch V-notch along the crack. Clean out all loose material by use of a vacuum. Cover the crack with either a joint compound, joint tape, and paper tape followed by a fine layer of the joint compound extending roughly 2-inches on either side of the tape. Give it time to dry. Apply another coat of the joint compound as deep as six to seven inches on each side of the crack. Leave it to dry. One night should be enough. Sand the area lightly until it smoothens. Your wall is ready for wallpaper or paint.
Plaster Wall Patching
Similar to minor cracks in plaster walls, cracks on drywalls are repaired by a joint compound. However, where the plaster pulls away from the lath, you will need to reinforce the wall using a two-step procedure that includes utilizing a conditioner spray and followed by an adhesive. Drill holes by using 3/16-inch masonry bits to penetrate only the plaster and not the wood lath, at 3-inch intervals along the crack. Use a vacuum to remove debris and dust from the holes. Spritz the adhesive into all holes. Clean the excess adhesive with a wet sponge.
Straight away, attach plaster rings to pull the plaster tightly against the wall. As per the manufacturer’s instructions, all time to cure. Dislodge the plaster rings and cover the crack by applying a fine coat of joint compound. Sand lightly, and use a subsequent coating of the joint compound. Smoothen when dry.
Repairing Deep Cracks
For cracks deeper than 1/4 –inch in plaster or drywall, you’ll have greater success if you start by filling the crack with a filler compound before taping with the joint compound. Fill the crevice until it’s flush with the current wall. Cover with joint compound or tape, to attain a smooth wall.
Using epoxy repair gear for concrete walls
Epoxy makes watertight seals in the crevice. Start by tapping three-inch finish nails slightly into the hole every 12 inches. The nails will fasten injection ports. There are two kinds of epoxy; A and B that have to be mixed. Mix equal portions of the epoxy on a piece of wood. Apply a tiny amount of the mixed epoxy on the injection port tab. Adjoin each port on the wall by covering all the finish nails with a single port.
Smear the flange of individual injection ports with epoxy. Use a paintbrush immersed in mineral spirits to clean the epoxy at its margins. Allow for a 10-hour curation period. Use a caulk gun to inject liquid concrete repair to fill the ports. Allow for a 5-day curation period.
Article Submitted By Community Writer