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Diagonal bracing can stop wall cracks

Get more shear support without a new foundation
Published on Nov 23, 2011

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A couple of weeks ago, we answered a question from a reader with a 1920s home in the flatlands of El Cerrito, Calif. Like virtually all houses of this vintage, it has lath-and-plaster walls. It seems the high water table and the ebb and flood of the bay tides was causing the plaster to crack.

Our reader talked with a drainage contractor who recommend a perimeter drain and a foundation contractor who recommended a new foundation.

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