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Re: ceiling plaster falling in old house

Posted By: Roger
Thursday, 17 August 2000, at 6:27 p.m.

In Response To: ceiling plaster falling in old house (Tom)

Tom ------ You have several options: the best way would be to remove all of the old plaster and have new plaster installed (but this is messy and expensive); a second way would be to patch the holes using drywall, tape and patching compound (this is a little messy, you can do it yourself and it does not cost much, except time), however the ceiling will surely crack again in a short period of time; the last way is to cover the entire ceiling with sheets of drywall(1/4", 3/8" or 1/2" thick) and then tape the joints of the drywall. The thickness, of the drywall, will depend on how badly the existing plaster needs to be supported.

To do this last option locate the ceiling joists and mark their location with a chalk line. Then with the aid of a helper, place a sheet of drywall up to the existing ceiling(at right angles to the joists) and attach with drwall screws using an electric drill or screwgun. The screws should be at least 2" long and should go into the joists. Instead of a helper you could rent a drywall lift for approx. $50-75 a day. Once all the sheets are up hire someone to tape the seams(preferably) or do them yourself. Good luck, Roger

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