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Shared Walls: Why Fixing Cracks Should Be at the Top of Your DIY List

Author's Note

My husband and I just did quite a bit of construction on our own house, so when I got this assignment I knew I wanted to talk to the folks at FrontPorch. They did an amazing job on our addition, and I'm so glad I contacted them!

Until I talked to Curtis Peart, the only information I was finding about a damaged party wall was the sound and smell issue. Those are definitely inconvenient, but the fire hazard that he pointed out eclipsed those minor annoyances. I am all about DIY, but I'm also a safety first type of gal, so ruling out the worst case scenario before heading to the home improvement store strikes me as the most sensible way to handle a crack in the wall.

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  • Kurkjain, Leon. LPK Creations. Personal Interview. July 11, 2012.
  • Peart, Curtis. FrontPorch. Personal Interview. July 12, 2012.
  • Romano, Jay. "Condominiums" New York Times. Jan. 29, 2008. (July 10, 2012)
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