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The cracks are genearlly classified in two types - 'structural' and 'non-structural'.

Further the carcks may be classified as :1) 2) 3) 4) Cracks Cracks Cracks Cracks in in in in Paint - bleasters, bubles, cracking of film etc. Plaster - (as explained ahead) masonry (brick / stone) - parallel to bed joint / perpendicular / incline to bed joint Mian Frame - Bending-M, Shear-V, Combined (M-V), Crushing, tension, bearing, twisting.

The non structural cracking in RCC could be due to - shrinkage, creep, plastic settlement, corrosion, lose of bond etc. Cracking in brittle material and ductile material differs to a great extent. The cracks shown in the post, appear to be non-structural cracks in plaster. The cracks in plaster appear at :1) Junctions of old and new plasters 2) Juctions of two diff surfaces (say RCC - Brick) 3) Use of coarse material 4) Use of two fine (silty) sand - leads to very fine mesh of cracks called 'crazing' 5) Lesser use of cementations material 6) Excessive use of cementatious material 7) Lack of curing for plaster To avoid such cracks the mesh (popular called as checken mesh could be used). Or alternatively Steel / Nylon fibres can be added (as per budget).