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Question DetailsAsked on 4/29/2018

Crack above door and showing in ceiling

Have a crack showing above a door in our upstairs and noticed that it is also starting to show in the ceiling. I do not see signs on the other side of the wall in the hallway. Haven’t noticed any issues with door closing or anything like that. Crack is on surface of wall, and only showing signs in ceiling — no real opening or gap to measure. Wondering if this is something that just needs some patching and touch up or a bigger issue. Not sure how to post a picture with the question for a visual.

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Below are a bunch of links to similar previous questions about interior surface cracking - read through and see which apply to your case. Note that many of the links within the answers will likely be duplicates of ones I have individually listed below, so keep track of which questionid's (in the URL) you have already read.

Generally, if too small to measure a width (just hairline cracks) and especially if vertical on a wall and straight-line (likely along drywall sheet boundary) in wall and ceiling, just shrinkage or very minor settlement cracking. Alternatively - diagonal, jagged, wide open cracks or movement enough to cause audible cracking of wood or jamming of windows or doors is where one should definitely be concerned and start looking for the cause.

Ditto for cracks which are noticeably extending - commonly a good idea to not immediately repair, and just lightly pencil mark the ends of the cracks and leave them unrepaired for at least several months to track their growth. If not noticeably growing over a several month period, than likely shrinkage or minor settling-in cracks - either from new home adjustments and settling in and dryhing out (first 5 years or so commonly), or gradual settlement and sagging of floor framing in much older (over about 20-30 year old) houses.

Not seeing cracking on the other side of the doorway is also indicative this is pretty minor cracking to date - serious cracking from movement of the framing will crack through both sides of a wall.

As far as posting photos - the last paragraph in the first response in the first question listed below tells you how to post photos (TIFF, JPG, of PNG format), and I will respond back as to whether I think these are of any concern or not at this point in time.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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