cracks appearing!

11 Nov 2008
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United Kingdom
I recently purchased a 3 bed semi (approx 1930's) when i purchased it,it had been empty and UN-heated for around 14+months.

I then had new central heating fitted,i had it skimmed (full house) and then let the plaster dry naturally for around 6 months,after 6 months i had it painted watered down matt paint.

The painter then mixed pva in the paint (acylic egg shell) and painted all the house,after 2-3 weeks of it being painted i finally moved in.

Now ive noticed cracking along the bottom of the wall where it joins the top of the skirting not big cracks and not hairline cracks,inbetween i'd say.

I was told its normal as the house has been heated/lived in after nearly 17 months. Ive only noticed the cracks in some places stairs,living room (on bottom of one wall-along top of skirting) and one hairline crack by the edge of bedroom window.

This something to worry about or is this normal ?
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If you had the skimming done with the skirting boards on, then the plaster will crack along the top of s/boards. Plaster will nearly always crack where it meets against wood. Is the crack by the window where the reveal meets the actual window frame?


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