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Ceiling cracking after wall removed

Discussion in 'Building' started by RonnieRM, 7 Nov 2018.

  1. RonnieRM

    RonnieRM

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    Hi,

    So we had a load bearing wall removed (by professionals, no chance I was trying that) a couple of years ago. This allowed us to have a kitchen/diner. Above the area where the wall was, is the bathroom. At the time of removal bathroom consisted of toilet, basin and shower cubicle with tiled walls.

    2 weeks ago, we had the old bathroom removed and new toilet, basin and bath installed along with wet wall.

    Now growing concerned that the plasterboard around where the support beams were installed have cracks on it. Would this be down to the work carried out in the bathroom? When the wall was removed I used normal filler on the plasterboard to cover joins and corners etc. Wondering if it is just settling after the extra weight of new bathroom.

    Should I just have a structurlal engineer check it out?
     

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  3. Adam182

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    I'm assuming its a steel beam underneath the plasterboard? if so there's no way that would be failing due to the bathroom renovation.

    I dare say its just the plasterboard settling due to the weight shift above and possible vibration from the works.

    Those watermarks would be of more concern to me :).
     
  4. bobasd

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    as above ref the steel.

    in brief the plasterboard soffit is droppin an pulling apart - its not the steel droppin.
    was the p/b glued an screwed to the timber backing?

    the crack comes at the join of two rips of plasterboard on the beam soffit - screwheads can be seen.
    the join (all joins)should have been taped and joint compound fixed.
    corner skim beads should have been used.
    on the side of the beam the plaser board can be seen pulling away from its backing ( no doubt a timber 2" x something) - ie the p/b is moving not the steel.
    presume you used a steel RSJ an blocked it out with 2" by's for fixing p/b to?

    if they are watermarks thats another issue?
     
  5. Building Regulations approval is required for structural alterations to a house and Building control require calculations by a structural engineer anyway!
    (Even though a 178 X 102mm steel beam is often adequate for spanning an opening created in a 100mm thick loadbearing partition wall in a house )
     
  6. Adam182

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    Having the removal of the wall and installation of the RSJ done by professionals I would like to think it was all done above board.
     
  7. If Building Regulations approval was received somebody will have submitted an application and there will be paperwork that you should have .
    Regards
     
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