Originally Posted By: rpalac
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My haste to explain is unfortunately an opportunity for me to slip the wrong words in and confuse the issue…
Many times when WE speak about settlement, WE either are referring to settlement and stress or stress or just settlement. They are different animals and at the same time they are related.
(Here we go...ranting and raving over words and how to use them....Hell, I have trouble ordering a cheeses burger and fries at the drive thru.)
Well, it is a circle than does become very entwined but in the original question and description I would say those cracks are more likely from common non-concerning material stresses.
Does that make sense?
Settlement is shifting or settling of materials as a whole or part of.
Stress is the flexing or shrinking or movement of materials Like when a 2x4 dries out and shrinks it causes minor stress on it's associated materials.
When the temperature changes and dissimilar materials move, expand, contract etc. at different rates, this is stress and not settlement.
ON THE OTHER HAND AS TIME GOES ON WE SEE BOTH OF THESE HAPPENING OVER, AND OVER AND CREATING EVER SLIGHT MOVEMENT AND WE CALL THIS AS THE BUILDING BREATHES.
But older materials are not pliable and as a result we see imperfections.
Now, When a big fat guy like myself try's to fix these CRACK's. We often wear shirts that are to short to cover our big gut. When we bend over we present a new problem..."Plumbers CRACK". This is a very different and dangerous issue. One of these can ruin your whole day!
However, if you are exposed to "Plumbers CRACK", do not try to hide it and at the same time do not put this on the repair report.
No, It is not being evasive, however there are some things by code that we just have to accept.
What ever you do don not attempt to fill it with caulk.
(If you do, Please get it on video for us to see)
Plumbers Crack unlike otheres creats stress and is an form of over settleing loads.
There is a lot about plumbers crack that has not been written yet but I asume it is only due to the WIDE SPREAD and unrearched VIEWS of so many. Suprising isn't it.
Do we have a THREAD pertaining to PlumbersCRACK?
A confused Bob