Question on methods to fix major wall cracks in older house, estimates on methods?

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Posted by: from Winnipeg
5/13/2019 at 11:26:55 PM

House was built in 1950's in Transcona; original wooden beam posts in basement; house has shifted creating huge cracks from ceiling to floor in the interior walls (half plaster/drywall) in all rooms and kitchen ceiling. Exterior foundation not cracked although foundation company suggested under pinning front of house and changing out wood posts. After doing so, then is it best to take out walls and replace with new drywall? or cover up existing walls with drywall? or patch when the cracks start to close? Any estimates of costs for the dry walling methods? Time involved? This is an estate house that I will need to sell. I have received a quote on the underpinning and changing to teleposts. Thx.

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W Thorn Small to Medium Size Repairs & Renovations in Smiths Falls
Date/Time5/14/2019 at 8:02:34 AM

If the foundation has not moved than I wonder why the cracks in your walls. Sounds like it may not have been built structurally sound, very common in those days.

So! When your sure you have a solid foundation, and because the house has plaster, you should remove wall coverings in certain areas to inspect for structual deficiencies and add insulation if needed, etc.

Regarding cost, one would have to view the project to even consider a cost.

Best of luck!

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Date/Time5/14/2019 at 9:59:41 AM

Hello. I strongly recommend you calling a trusted Pro drywalling contractor in your area for quotes. It is almost impossible to give you a quote without seeing a project like this first hand. It is always better to remove plaster and drywall when there is Major cracking going on this is usually a sign of structural issues. Wish you the best. Jeff

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