Wall cracks are common problems for lots of house owners, especially those who buys ready made houses that are built en mass like those in housing estates. In construction of houses like these, not much attention is paid to the foundation of the land before the houses are built. This often results in cracks appearing on some parts of the walls and you will have a tough time to patch repair wall cracks that have appeared.
Cracks in the walls of the houses will appear within one or two years and in some cases even earlier when the land on which the houses are built settles due to the massive weight of the houses that have been built on top of that land. When this happens, cracks will be inevitable. In most cases, these cracks will happen in the weakest part of the wall, that is above the windows or next to the door frames where support is the weakest.
How To Patch Repair Wall Cracks
When such cracks appear, it can be quite a heartache as no amount of patching seems to do a permanent job. Normal patching with cement provides only a temporary solution.
There is however a method which you can try to at least keep the cracks from re-appearing for a few years. At least, the eye sore will not be visible and you can always do another re-patch when the crack appears again in a few years time.
This method is quite easy and most of you will be able to do it yourself. The materials and tools you need to buy are:
1. A Roll of self adhesive joint patching mesh tape
2. A pail of joint compound.
3. A wide paint scrapper.
These items are readily available in all hardware stores and DIY outlets. If you do not know what they are called, simply tell the shop assistant that you need then for repairing cracks on the wall and they will know what to give you.
Material Needed To Patch Repair Wall Cracks
Joint Compounds and not the ordinary Wall Filler that you have been using.
Self Adhesive Joint Tape. If you open the package, the tape looks similar to any first aid bandage and it is self adhesive.
A small paint brush and a paint scrapper to apply the compound.
First, use something that you can find to get rid of all the loose cement in the crack. Then use a paintbrush to brush of the fine particles. Apply a layer if Joint Tape evenly along the crack. Finally use the scrapper to apply the Compound evenly over the tape. Wait for a day or two before smoothing the dried compound with sandpaper. Then paint.
This video explains the process very clearly.