06:06AM | 03/10/00
Member Since: 03/09/00
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I wanted to first say that I really enjoy this message board (& the old one too!), and would like to thank the regulars.

Last night I was in the attic of my ranch house doing some wiring, and stepped between two joists! Duh! Fortunately, my foot did not go all the way through the ceiling below, but in the master bedroom, which I am prepping for paint, I cracked the drywall. It is four cracks meeting at the same point at near right angles. It appears to be in the middle of a sheet, not on a seam. I have done drywall repair on plain walls before, but the ceiling is textured (sand finish?) My question is, how do I go about repairing these cracks? I can push the drywall back in place. Should I use tape? (there is not any downward pressure on the cracks, so I do not think they would open up again) How large of an area should I apply the compound? Can I try to sand off the finish just around the cracks, and just compound the cracks, or do I need to do a much larger area? How do I duplicate the textured finish? Can I use joint compound and hit it with a stiff brush just before it dries, or should I use
something else? Plaster? Textured primer? The old texture looks like someone took a wide brush and made arcs in the finish at different angles. I know that I wont get it perfect, but I also don't want a big spot of smooth ceiling! Any help would be greatly appreciated.



03:22PM | 03/10/00
Member Since: 03/04/00
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I Have done alot of drywalling recently, But I claim to be no expert. I just got done hanging a drywall ceiling in my house, so I may be able to help. If I were you I would cut the dry wall just big enough to get rid of the cracks, then take string and attach it to a round piece of cardboard just alittle bigger then your hole.( this will let you get it into the hole). Insert the cardboard and string into the hole and lie the cardboard flush with the back of the drywall. Fill in the hole with joint compound.( and when it dries just go ahead and cut the string off)
For the Finish, take joint compound and water it down so it isn' as thick, apply it to the ceiling. With a trowl, one with the notches at one end, go ahead and make the curve pettern to match your existing ceiling!
If the cracks are not that big ( a couple inches) you can tap them up with a hammer and apply a few thin layers of joint compound to strenghten the area, and then finish it the same way!!
Well I hope I gave you some ideas on how to fix your problem!!
Most home improvement center will have many books on drywall repair which can be useful, and have pictures. ( for people like me) Good Luck !


01:42PM | 11/14/13
Member Since: 11/14/13
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We are selling our home. The main part of the house, great room, kitchen, dining are all under one ceiling. It is a vaulted ceiling that is textured with the peak running down the middle. When we purchased the house, we noticed the texture in the middle running the length of the vault (highest part) had a different texture than the rest of the ceiling. I assumed it was repaired and the texture was not matched well. Although we were concerned at purchase time we can happily report that we never had a problem with cracking or leaking in the 7 years we've owned our home. The bottom of the vaulted ceiling, where the vaulted ceiling meets a flat 8 foot ceiling, has the same irregularities. We live in the Midwest. Part of the hallway ceiling, where the vault meets the wall, had cracked and I tried (not to successfully) to fix it. No water, just settling. Now that we are trying to sell, potential buyers are concerned about the ceiling. I thing no assuring them will help as it was our concern too. What can I do to fix this? Can I have the texture fixed so that it blends with the rest of the ceiling?
Thanks for your suggestions.
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