Handyman

How can I fix a crack in my living room wall?

Updated: 2013-03-17T02:23:24Z

By DEBBY ALLMON

Special to The Star

Q I have a problem in my living room, where the wall Sheetrock appears to be separating from the ceiling Sheetrock. It could have happened when an aggressive wallpaper installer (me) cut the new paper through the taped seam, or due to settlement problems.

Regardless, do you have any idea how this can be fixed? I’ve always wanted crown molding, but I hate to cover up an existing problems. — Judy Sturgess, Independence

A Basically, there are two solutions for this problem. Either re-tape and mud the crack or cover the crack with molding.

To re-tape the crack, start by scraping the loose pieces out of the crack. Then cover with drywall mesh tape and patch with joint compound. The patch should not be raised over the crack but should be flush with the wall/ceiling. After the patch is completely dry (24 hours), sand over the area, and you should be ready to paint.

If you do not feel confident in performing this repair yourself, you can find a drywall professional on remodelingkc.com to help you.

Crown molding would be a good option to cover the crack. Since the crack does not appear to be anything structural (most likely the result of the cut tape), you should not expect future issues to come from covering it. Either route you choose will certainly improve the appearance!

Debby Allmon is a certified remodeler and vice president of Schloegel Design Remodel in Kansas City.

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