Skim coat hairline cracks a year later


I need some advice I got my house skimmed last year the guy done a terrible job finishing not great

Anyway I had all the walls painted etc . I have now noticed a year later every wall and ceiling has cracks appearing . When you knock in these areas it feels hollow . What could have caused this ?

Would this likely get worse over time ? My concern is I make the cracks bigger use flexible filler and repaint and the cracks or more re-appear

I am absolutely gutted !

Asked by Sam on 31st Jan 2024
Expert Trade Answers
This with cracks you can not play.. I can give you advice that will cost you a little, but you will never have problems again

You have to do the plaster again, but before plastering, it has to be primed then bonding and mesh and then plasterer, and a good job comes out"
Answered on 31st Jan 2024 - Member since Feb 2019 - report
"Seems like he hasn’t taped cracks before plastering but hard to tell without pictures"
Answered on 2nd Feb 2024 - Member since Jan 2024 - report
It sounds to me like the plaster has blown which in my experience is normally because the preparation before applying the plaster was not done correctly and the plaster has not adhered properly. Unfortunately in order to rectify the problem correctly it will require removing any blown areas and re-skimming them ( patch repairs if the blown areas are not to big)

Hope this helps, please feel free to contact us if need be.

All the best"
Answered on 4th Feb 2024 - Member since Feb 2024 - report
"What was the surface of the walls and ceilings beforehand ? He probably only put one coat of thin plaster on I think prob need to get it all done again properly I’m afraid"
Answered on 31st Jan 2024 - Member since Jan 2023 - report
"It sounds like its de bonding possibility is he didn’t pva before"
Answered on 31st Jan 2024 - Member since May 2017 - report
"Depending how the bigger its your issue and what caused this. it's much better for have look the one specialist and find the best option for help you"
Answered on 7th Feb 2024 - Member since Mar 2022 - report
"It's never use mesh join tape, and loose plaster wasn't removed"
Answered on 1st Feb 2024 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
"Hi there just read your post your probably sorted now but it sounds like he hasn’t used scrim tape did he dot an dab the boards on the walls. Really hope your sorted or get sorted if you need any help feel free to message me thank you"
Answered on 8th Feb 2024 - Member since May 2023 - report
"there are many variables that could cause this problem.
it more than likely has something to do with poor prep work
ie. no PVA / Scrim Tape"
Answered on 1st Feb 2024 - Member since Dec 2023 - report
"Hi if your wall sounds hollow it sounds like your walls are blown so u will get cracks this means all hollow bits will have to come off and be bonded then skimmed over"
Answered on 1st Feb 2024 - Member since Dec 2022 - report
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