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Question DetailsAsked on 2/11/2018

I have a ranch style home with a attached garage. The ceiling in the garage has 2 cracks going side to side.

The cracks are completely going across my ceiling.

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Here are a number of previous similar questions, some with photos, which should help. One or more also tell you how to post pictures if you want a thousand-mile opinion on whether I think these are serious or not. Generally, jagged cracks, especially if not along sheet seams, are much more likely to be indicative of a serious issue. Generally, if the cracks are along drywall sheet seams and run perpendicular to the overhead joists or bottom chord of the roof trusses, and are at or near (or sometimes with 2 staggered equi-distance from the centerline at the nearest sheeet seam), then that is likely indicative (barring significant joist deflection) indivative of normal joist creep sag over time, and may just need (assuming hairline) some spackle or drywall compound every 10-15 years.

Obviously, if opening up noticeably in a short time (days or weeks versus years) or you hear creaking or cracking in the framing above, time to remove snow load or if not heavily (typically 2-3 feet or more) snow loaded up, have a Structural Engineer come in to access it.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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