Apr 072017
 

Nancy Dube from Henderson, NV had a novel solution to cover a crack in her wall.

American homes have a number of advantages. Largely made using traditional framing techniques, they are affordable, quick to construct and easily modified and extended. Yet the traditional building techniques that have characterized American homes for over a century are not without their drawbacks – and Nancy experienced one common problem.

Homeowner covered a reoccurring crack with the wall with Drystack stone panels.

Nancy created this attractive wall accent to cover a reoccurring crack.

“We had a crack down our wall that we just couldn’t get rid of,” Nancy writes, with the photographs that accompanied her email. “We took the sheet rock off and reinforced it, but didn’t matter. Every year it cracked.”

Nancy’s problem is not unique. Because wood-framed houses tend to shift and move over the years, there are areas of drywall that over time present cracks that simply won’t ‘heal.’ No matter how much you patch them up, they keep coming back every few months.

Before photo: reoccurring wall crack in a living room.

No matter what Nancy did, this crack kept coming back.

Nancy decided she’d had enough of that – and found an affordable and effective solution with Wellington Drystack Tierra Gold panels.

“We decided to cover the crack with your panels, and used 8x’s PL Premium Adhesive to put the panels up. It look 2 hours and that’s from start to finish.  Then touch up the next day.  Very easy and it looks beautiful.”

In just two hours, Nancy had solved the crack problem, and got a beautiful new wall accent in the process. 

 “Before we started, we marked where the studs were and also drew a line down the middle between the two windows so the panels would be centered perfectly,” Nancy writes. “We marked the middle of each panel after we cut the ends off.  With each panel we put up we took a level horizontally and vertically to keep it straight.  When we got to the top it was straight and lined up perfect with the ceiling.”

Nancy used granite fixtures to ensure the wall looked contained and complete.

Nancy used granite fixtures to ensure the wall looked contained and complete.

But Nancy wasn’t finished yet.

 “We then vertically boarded the panels with granite strips that we had custom cut that are the same as our kitchen counter.” In doing that, Nancy managed to achieve two goals – firstly she framed her new panels so that they looked contained and complete. Secondly, by mirroring the granite strips in her kitchen, she managed to pull together her whole home’s decor in a beautifully cohesive way.
“We took the same PL Premium 8x adhesive and put it in between each panel where it joined, and then used touch-up paint to blend it,” Nancy writes, explaining how they managed to enhance the already seamless pattern of our tiles. “Then we also took silicone with a Q-tip and filled in where the screws are. When the silicone dried we painted it.  You can’t tell where one panel starts and the stops.”
Nancy paid special attention to ensuring a seamless pattern to our panels, but in general there’s no need to. Wellington panels connect together like a jigsaw puzzle, to ensure that the stonework texture is completely continuous and looks absolutely organic. To go that extra degree, we offer colored caulk that perfectly covers up any imperfections in the installation.
Nancy is clearly satisfied with the result – and so are we: “It’s just beautiful.  We’re getting compliments from my friends already; they can’t believe we did this so perfectly. We couldn’t be happier with the panels.”
We think the wall looks terrific – and, more than that, perfectly solves the issue that Nancy was trying to address. But what do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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