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Question DetailsAsked on 7/17/2016

why is my ceiling cracking in long straight lines?

The house was renovated by previous owners, but even before we bought the house, the inspector said it was just poor drywall work on our ceilings and they just didn't fill it good or whatever. Checked in attic, the joists are great, no water damage, only happening in living room and kitchen. Why or what is doing this and how expensive can it be? It never was cracking before, now it's a pretty dominant crack. Want to sell house soon so need to see what I can do.

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Below are links to a few prior similar questions with answers - obviously checking overhead in the attic is first search point, looking for sagging attic trusses or floor joists or water damage. Also, if you press up on the drywall at a joist, does the drywall move upwards (and probably pop-out joint compound at nails or screws) - if so, likely the fasteners are pulling through the drywall and it is starting to (slowly) fall - likely due to too wide a spacing on the fasteners if doing that, though can be due to excess load from above from being walked on or wet insulation. Or could just be poor taping job with paper tape - or no taping at all, just joint compound, so it showing cracking at the joints.

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