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Hi all, first time poster, terrible handyman. No really, I’m truly awful. Don’t really know anything about building which is why I’m here..

I’m becoming concerned about a crack in my ceiling above our stairs and landing. We formerly had artex ceilings (a hangover from the former owner) but had this replastered about 9 years ago. We have had the odd crack appear which I believe can be common with any plastering. Any cracks that have appeared we have painted over and it’s been fine with the exception of this one in particular. It’s not stretching from the external wall across the width of the stairs and landing combined (approx 2m) and has started to crack down the internal wall towards the door frame for the airing cupboard. The ceiling is obviously normal ceiling (man I really am useless) but the wall it is cracking down is solid brick not a stud wall.

My wife has Googled it, doesn’t everyone nowadays?, and thinks it may have something to do with the former artex, is this a feasible explanation? It does also run parallel to the beams above it.

I guess I’m just wondering whether I shouldn’t be overly worried or whether I should sound the alarm and start getting people in (who though? Structural engineer? Buildings insurance person?)


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How wide is the cracking ?

Any signs of cracking on the other side of the door ?

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wine~o wrote:
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How wide is the cracking ?

Any signs of cracking on the other side of the door ?


Ok so having looked in the airing cupboard I cannot see any cracks mirroring the one on the wall coming down from the ceiling to the top of the door frame however, interestingly, the crack in the ceiling does appear to continue in a line in the ceiling of the airing cupboard and meets with another crack seemingly in a crossroads. I would expect that the centre of this crossroad would be the centre of the entire house so maybe something to do with the beams?

The crack is only about 1mm wide. Have got pictures but forum won’t let me add them without adhering to its very strict pixel rules.


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1mm wide is probably just joints in the plasterboard moving... Pics would help there are various resizing tools out there. if on windows right click image, "open with" paint top left ish is resize either by pixels or...

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villafan10 wrote:
Have got pictures but forum won’t let me add them without adhering to its very strict pixel rules.


Been thinking of mentioning this for a while, although we regulars are used to it, it's about time the forum software got updated to resize pictures within itself. Other websites do it, upload WHY & they resize to what they want, gone are the days of bandwidth restraints. Obviously we don't have their resources, but a prime example is fleabay. Everybody has got 8+MP cameras in their phones these days, we shouldn't have to go through a process that many don't understand, especially as someone-else's link to resizing is at least ten years old. Just sayin'.

Sorry wine~o, carry on......


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wine~o wrote:
1mm wide is probably just joints in the plasterboard moving... Pics would help there are various resizing tools out there. if on windows right click image, "open with" paint top left ish is resize either by pixels or...


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wine~o wrote:
1mm wide is probably just joints in the plasterboard moving... Pics would help there are various resizing tools out there. if on windows right click image, "open with" paint top left ish is resize either by pixels or...


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arco_iris wrote:
villafan10 wrote:
Have got pictures but forum won’t let me add them without adhering to its very strict pixel rules.


Been thinking of mentioning this for a while, although we regulars are used to it, it's about time the forum software got updated to resize pictures within itself. Other websites do it, upload WHY & they resize to what they want, gone are the days of bandwidth restraints. Obviously we don't have their resources, but a prime example is fleabay. Everybody has got 8+MP cameras in their phones these days, we shouldn't have to go through a process that many don't understand, especially as someone-else's link to resizing is at least ten years old. Just sayin'.

Sorry wine~o, carry on......


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wine~o wrote:
1mm wide is probably just joints in the plasterboard moving... Pics would help there are various resizing tools out there. if on windows right click image, "open with" paint top left ish is resize either by pixels or...


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ok well the final image has been rotated by the forum. Tilt your head to the left haha


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Looking at the last picture I think wine~o is right about it being the joints in the plasterboard as those cracks are straight or at 90 degrees .


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