Huge crack in wall - builders fault?

18 Feb 2015
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I just returned home from work to find a large (new) crack running wall to ceiling that the builders renovating the property look to be now repairing. Should i be worried?

The wall is a partition wall between entrance hallway and lounge, the crack looks pretty big to me:

There were problems this week with the ceiling in that room, when they started stripping off the wallpaper on the ceiling large chunks of lath and plaster came down with it. They decided to screw plaster board into the ceiling joists... could these ceiling issues have caused the crack?

I'm just annoyed no one called to tell me about this crack appearing. Should they have?
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Doesn't look that serious, really.

A few pics of thre surrounding walls would help.

Is there a crack on the other side?
The whole post sounds dodgy to me.

The OP has an old property with ancient ceilings with cracks everywhere. Sneeze - and a crack will appear.

It sounds to me as if the builders so much as strip wall paper off they will have caused some damage and the OP is ready to pounce. Builders beware - run a mile!

I might be wrong though....?
I blame the Luftwaffe - surprising that so many houses in London still have their original ceilings ;)
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Yes i read about that poor couple earlier in the week, probably why I've got a panic on! :confused:

Well it turns out the wall that cracked – according to my builder – was a load bearing masonry wall after all, it's this wall highlighted in this photo that i presume supports the floor above:

Apparently the wall is a load bearing wall for roughly the length of that old radiator (now removed), then becomes a stud wall created by previous owners as they remodelled the space to open up the lounge/diner/hallway.

My builder insists it was just the plaster that blew and not the brick wall:

Is it safe or am i destined for Daily Mail infamy?!

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