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OT - house cracks

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Chuffy, 29 Dec 2007.

  1. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    OK folks, does anyone have experience of fitting central heating in an old (late Victorian) house? We've recently done just that and have started to notice cracks appearing in the plaster. Is this just the house drying out, thanks to the new heating system, or is our house about to fall down?
     
  2. Lord of the Teapot

    Lord of the Teapot New Member

    A few small cracks are to be expected, Chuffy
     
  3. catwoman

    catwoman Well-Known Member

    Location:
    North London.
    If they are hairline cracks they are nothing to worry about. If you haven't had central heating previously some drying out of plaster is to be expected. Just fill them.
    If the cracks are centred around windows, doors and other structural members and they get wider as they go up the house it would indicate structural movement which is a different kettle of fish completely.
    Hope it's the former for you. :biggrin:
     
  4. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    Ta both. That's pretty much what we thought Catters, but it's nice to have it confirmed by an expert online person. :biggrin:
     
  5. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Have a look outside and see if the brickwork is cracked. Cracks through bricks are particularly bad news.
     
  6. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    I would suggest to you that the new central heating system had leaked and destroyed the house at a molecular level.

    I would suggest discarding this house and buying a new one.
     
  7. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Fill them in with grout or polyfilla, or better still plaster, and then sand over it and apply another coat of paint.
     
  8. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    oh, chuffy - the tell tale sign as to whether they're bad cracks: have a look and see whether they are wider at the bottom than the top, or wider at the top than the bottom.
     
  9. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    And which way round is the bad crack:?:
     
  10. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    well, put it this way - if the wider end is at the bottom, I wouldn't stay in that house :rolleyes:
     
  11. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    Chuffy. Admit you are gay, and you therefore not entitled to fix houses.
     
  12. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Well done. Add homophobia to your grammatical ineptitude.
     
  13. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    Add that to your crimes. Not mine.

    I used to think that chuffy was a girl that lived in John Street, in Cyprus.

    In my less sober moments I imagined rescuing her from her cypriot oppressors, on holiday.
     
  14. ?:rolleyes: Hmmm. This thread is not all it's cracked up to be - all Greek to me;)
    Rapid drying of plaster (radiators blasting out heat for example) can cause cracking - or 'crazing' of plaster surfaces. Sensible to line the walls with 800 grade paper if you want a 'perfact' painted finish...
    Obviously, similar matching cracks to the exterior of the same wall warrant investigation - but I reckon it is lovely and warm in your hut!:rolleyes:
     
  15. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

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