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No matter how well a home's drywall is initially finished, there's always the possibility of your drywall seams cracking. Houses are living, breathing things (so to speak) so they react to humidity, violent weather, and natural settling. There's nothing particularly difficult about repairing the odd seam or two. Here's an article that digs into the meat of fixing the cracked drywall.

The tool and material investment isn't too costly; in fact, you probably have most of them lying around the house anyway. Basically you'll need:

  • Taping knife
  • Utility knife
  • Drywall
  • Drywall compound
  • Mud pan
  • Sandpaper
  • Drywall tape
  • Scrap wood
  • Drywall screws

In almost all circumstances, the drywall joints run in both the horizontal or perpendicular directions. When a crack first raises its ugly head, don't fix it right away, no matter how tempting it is (or how much nagging is involved). Give it awhile. Depending on whether it gets worse or not will give you a clue as to whether you have a more serious underlying problem, like a cracked foundation.


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