Skim coated paneling now cracking after a year. Would eave vents help?

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by CanOfWorms, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. CanOfWorms

    CanOfWorms Member

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    My kitchen had paneling along the outside. wall with a 1'x1' box over the sink. I guess you would call that an eave.
    I skim coated and taped the corners. I taped some of the seems other's I did not.
    It looked great for about 8 months until this winter and then started to crack along all the joints.
    I know what needs to be done. Screw in the corner and tape the joints.
    But I suspect that it is really cold behind the eave.
    Would vents help keep the heat a constant and reduce cracking.
    kitchen boxed.jpg
  2. DougB

    DougB Member

    I believe the wood paneling is contracting with the change in humidity.
  3. Dana

    Dana In the trades

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    DougB has it rigth- wood is hygroscopic and both adsorbs & releases moisture much more slowly than plaster or drywall muds.

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