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New build shrinkage

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by Luke1988, 6 Dec 2020.

  1. Luke1988

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    Hi,

    We purchased a new build around 12 months ago. House is about 18 months old now

    How long would expect to keep seeing shrinkage?

    I’ve re caulked out front door 3 times now and it keeps cracking.

    I’ve used shrink resistant caulks etc
     
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  3. foxhole

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    The doors cracking?
     
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    The caulking around the door is
     
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    You mean around the frame ? How big are gaps.
     
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    Couple of mill, one gap at the top between the windowsill wall and foot is a bit bigger
     
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    At a couple of mm you can’t fill it .
     
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    What type of caulking are you using? Some of it is pants in terms of flexibility, UV resistance etc. Not saying you should mask a problem, however if it's just natural settlement try a better sealant.
     
  10. Luke1988

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    I’ve used Geocell and Everbuild Caulk Once
     
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    You need to use CT1, it is very flexible, and paintable. Also get a can of the solvent, helps to spread it well.

    I had some doors that kept cracking where the plasterboard met the frame, but 3 years after using CT1, it's still looking good.
     
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