cracks

  1. TheStrayCat

    Plastering (bonding) over a steel lintel?

    Im a bit concerned about applying bonding directly over a steel lintel holding up an RSJ in regard to cracking... Is there a trick to it or some mesh or a product that is good for these sort of scenarios where movement between 2 different substrates? Really trying to minimize cracking in the...
  2. S

    Condition of brick work

    Hello I was looking at a house that is showing signs of wear, and im hoping please to get your thoughts on whether any of this looks serious. Under a lower window there are stepped cracks and some poor filling/repair, the damp proof course bricks look in poor condition, the guttering has...
  3. G

    Cracks around windows

    Hi people. I have been living in a 70’s house for 7 months and noticed hairline cracks around the edges of old windows (over 20 years at least) but I’m worried that this is potentially a structural issue. Can anyone advise me on this it’ll be greatly appreciated. Images attached. First pic is...
  4. zmai

    Home buyer Survey identifies several cracks requiring further investigation. Should I be worried?

    Hi all, We're first time buyers and have recieved our survey back. Its highlighted a few issues with the property which is makjnv us very nervous. I don't know if it sounds worse than it actually is , any advice would be greatly appreciated before we make the decision to carry out additional...
  5. S

    New Build Plaster Cracks

    Hi all, Hoping for some advice. I have had some plastering done and lots of tiny cracks have appeared in it, many of which are not on any joins The walls were brand new plasterboard, screwed and glued and taped. It was quite hot when the plastering was done but the room is at the back of the...
  6. L

    Cracks in bay, lintel repair or settlement?

    I had some replacement PVC windows installed in April this year, and since then we have had a crack appear in the painted over pebbledash underneath the top bay window. I have now noticed just yesterday some new hairline cracks in the interior of the top bay window that are diagonal in nature...
  7. P

    Hairline wall cracks (not external, only internal), block of flats from 60s

    Hi, I'm the owner of a flat in a block of flats, ground floor, this is the entrance to the door of my flat, you can see this long hairline cracks in the top left corner of the entrance door to my flat. The building is from the 60s and in the past, due to a tree very close to the building in the...
  8. L

    Polystyrene wall

    Hi all we have this wall in our house which seems to be covered in a polystyrene foam. Any idea why it would have been added? Seems to have been picked apart for some time and seems very easy to remove, but no signs of damp so wonder why it would have been added?! Insulation or to cover...
  9. R

    In what order to repaint/fill this stringer

    So I have a stringer that was all cracked and had a huge smear of dirty cailk down it. I cleared the caulk off and scraped out the gap, and filled the void with expanding foam so the plasterboard isn’t flexing any more. I was going to easifill the gap and then paint the stringer, but I’m not...
  10. F

    Diagonal cracks ceiling and walls - 100 year old property, advice?

    Hello. We are purchasing an Edwardian flat in a share of freehold situation. The other flat (1st) has some long cracks that span the entire doorframe - diagonal across ceiling - corner of door in one area and long dispersed cracks on the ceiling in others. The co-freeholders appear to think it's...
  11. R

    Big and deep hole/cracks above window frame.

    Hi everyone. About to paint our bedroom but there are worrying cracks/ holes above the window that I have been avoiding thinking about until now. I was going to fill them with polyfilla but having had a good look at them, they are worse than I originally thought. Any advice would be welcome...
  12. B

    Crack inspection

    Hi all. Sorry if you get these messages a lot. I've noticed a couple cracks develop/worsen in my house (7 year old, moved in last year). Wondered if anyone could give me advice on wether these look serious or are just superficial. They appear in two different rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom so...
  13. M

    Wall fix

    Apologies if this is in the wrong place. I've bought a new house and I've found a few issues that I need to sort out. Can anyone recommend how I can fix this? 20210726_131037 by Mountain mj posted 26 Jul 2021 at 4:54 PM 20210726_131041 by Mountain mj posted 26 Jul 2021 at 4:52 PM It looks like...
  14. Rob broom

    Minor cracks in mortar

    Hi. There are few photos attached. Can I get some advise on what cause these cracks please? the blocks have been in place for about 2 or 3 months. the cracks are less than hairline. mortar mix was 4:1 sand cement with additive. Is it any if the following reasons? Thermal. Shrinkage. Drying...
  15. BBBerks

    Separated and Eroded Mortar: Concerning, or just in need of some repointing / TLC?

    Hi all, first post here after a bunch of research and probably going a bit stir crazy. We're scoping out some projects for our 1970s mid-terrace townhouse, which had me looking at the walls. I've noticed a few issues, which I'm hoping are just normal ageing for a near 50 year old house and...
  16. Rob broom

    Do moist blocks shrink enough to explain my hairline cracks?

    Hello again! Quick question about laying moist dense blocks? I laid 3 courses of 10.4 dense (Dennis May) blocks about three weeks ago. I layed one course per day over three days. The weather was cool, damp and the odd bit of rain and snow was around. The blocks were stored on a pallet in my...
  17. Rob broom

    Freaking out about cracks while I’m still building!

    Hi! I have a few concerns about some cracks on my self build that I am half way through. This is my first project, I might add! I have found a few hairline cracks and wonder if I should be freaking out? Here is the story: the site is 8m x 7m I dug the foundations myself! I dug down...
  18. A

    Is this subsidence on exterior wall front of property?

    Hi there looking to buy this property but trying to figure out whether it's got subsidence issues and how much it would cost to do if so, would really massively appreciate anyone's help! Thanks
  19. D

    Who's responsible for fixing the cracks?

    My bungalow was extended just over 3 years ago and some fine cracks appeared on walls (plaster-on-aerated block) and ceilings (skimmed plasterboard) after 6 months to a year. No new cracks have appeared since although one or two may have grown longer and opened up a touch more but no crack is...
  20. L

    Cracks in walls - serious or not

    Hi, 3 years ago we had a 2 storey side / single storey rear extension added to our semi-detached house. This involved the removal of the "old" rear wall with RSJ installation. Since it was done we've had vertical cracks near the "join" in the rear extension, not deep not wide but definitely...
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