Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Our Expert Answers Your Questions

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Our Expert Answers Your Questions

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QONE of the walls in our living room is half stud wall and half brick. The stud wall section separates the living room and the kitchen.

The other half is an external wall. Where the two halves meet there is a crack, and filling it won't stop it reappearing. What do I do? Ian Gilbert, by email AYOUR problem is caused by movement when the bricks and timber in the two walls react to heat. Because they are different materials they do this at different rates. You can sort it with a roll of FibaTape, or any other self adhesive joint tape. This tape is used to cover joints in plasterboard.

Plaster over Simply stick the tape over the crack and then cover it with two to three coats of filler, sanding between coats. I use Gyproc Easi-Fill.

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