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indytiger
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Hairlne crack in drywall ceiling
I've got a hairline crack a couple feet long on the ceiling of my bathroom. Can I paint over it or do I need to patch it?


wickowick
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re: Hairlne crack in drywall ceiling
Do you know the reason why the crack is there? If there is an underlying issue and you repair it, it will just reappear again


indytiger
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re: Hairlne crack in drywall ceiling
I'm thinking it was from mildew growing, which seems to be a fairly common problem in bathrooms. I cleaned the mildew off, and discovered the crack.


wickowick
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re: Hairlne crack in drywall ceiling
Post a picture, typically cracks come from movement


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WPsportsman
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re: Hairlne crack in drywall ceiling
Is it a straight line? If so it’s a tape joint coming loose. I just built a house last year and the Sheetrock guy had to come back and redo my whole ceiling all the tape lines cracked ...luckily my contractor caught it before cabinets went up


indytiger
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re: Hairlne crack in drywall ceiling
quote:

s it a straight line?


Yes it is


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Fox McCloud
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re: Hairlne crack in drywall ceiling
If you paint over it, it will probably just reappear or it just won’t take the paint. Take the tape off, retape, joint compound(mud), light texture, paint.


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