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#906146 - 02/16/17 03:36 PM Cracks in upstairs ceiling
debodun Offline
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Registered: 06/02/12
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Loc: Upstate New York near Albany
What could be causing this?

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#906161 - 02/16/17 06:54 PM Re: Cracks in upstairs ceiling [Re: debodun]
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Old house?? Plaster, rocklath or drywall. I have never seen drywall crack like that, but rocklath or woodlath plaster, possible. If it is drywall, you may have some serious structural problems. You need a pro to do an inspection. House left unheated in cold weather??

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#906164 - 02/16/17 07:10 PM Re: Cracks in upstairs ceiling [Re: debodun]
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Loc: East Aurora, NY
It looks like a regular pattern of squares. maybe a stapled up tile ceiling that someone mudded the seams?
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#906172 - 02/16/17 08:22 PM Re: Cracks in upstairs ceiling [Re: Punky]
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My guess is that it's a thin coat of plaster over 16" x 48" gypsum board. Let us know.

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#906216 - 02/17/17 08:31 AM Re: Cracks in upstairs ceiling [Re: debodun]
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Loc: SW Michigan
I've seen it many times... Plaster over wood lath. "Could" be a sign of a roof leak.
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#906237 - 02/17/17 12:57 PM Re: Cracks in upstairs ceiling [Re: debodun]
debodun Offline
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Loc: Upstate New York near Albany
The house is 120 years old - no idea how old the plaster is. In the room below this one, the ceiling is even worse.
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#906240 - 02/17/17 02:02 PM Re: Cracks in upstairs ceiling [Re: debodun]
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So, you have a very old house, that has creaked and groaned for decades. Stands to reason that without reasonable maintenance, like plaster repairs and painting when necessary, things deteriorate.

Big humidity and temperature swings can also cause problems, as the wood lath and frame work move, swell, and shrink. It's all a part of that house living for 120 years. I'm betting you also have substantial cracking under the wall paper.

The only two cures I know of is repair and paint, (extensive) or have them resurfaced. You could sell the huge thing and move into something smaller and newer, without the age problems.
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#906241 - 02/17/17 02:11 PM Re: Cracks in upstairs ceiling [Re: debodun]
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Small Earth quake damage is always a possibility.
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