My Cracked Ceiling what to do?

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  1. Nick Barfoot

    Nick Barfoot New Seed

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    Hi to all,


    Glad to be a member. I have a question perhaps you
    will help me wth this.


    My Kitchen ceiling has very long cracks some cracks
    are offset ie not inline with the rest of the plast-
    ter, would it do to just sand them level or do i st-
    rip back the protruding plaster and then fill.


    Regards Nick.
     
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  3. Primsong

    Primsong Young Pine

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    No expert here, but if it were me, I would just sand and smooth in a filler, but only because it would be easier and still look okay. If the cracks are coming from the structure of the house itself shifting and sagging with time, they may reappear eventually.
     
  4. dooley

    dooley Super Garden Turtle

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    We had an old, old house in Wisconsin that did that and eventually it started sagging loose from the lathing. It fell completely one night. Scared us half to death. I don't know how it could have been fixed once it started sagging loose. If it's just cracks, I would fill them but maybe you need expert advice if its sagging loose.
    We replace the plaster with wallboard. It was cheaper than having it replastered. Dooley
     
  5. Nick Barfoot

    Nick Barfoot New Seed

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    Re: My Ceiling

    Thanks for all your replies very much appreciated.
    I will now get on with the job, thanks




    Regards to all,



    Nick
     



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  6. catkins

    catkins Seedling

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    Hi Nick, try some flexible filler, this will move with the ceiling and hopefully not crack again.
    Catkins
     
  7. salty joe

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    I have fixed a boatload of cracked plaster. This is tried & true, but labor intensive. The question is, do you want to see those cracks in a year or so or not? If not, get a bucket of joint compound (mud)and a roll of paper joint tape. Put a layer of mud over the crack. Put tape on top of the mud over the crack. With a taping knife, pull/squeeze/squish the excess mud from beneath the tape. Let it dry. Put another thin layer of mud on top of the tape. Let it dry & do it again. Sand lightly. Prime & paint.

    Joe
     
  8. toni

    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Hi Nick, welcome to the Stew from north Texas.
    Hope you will hang around and join the fun here.

    I don't know where you live but here in my area we have clay soil which results in foundation trouble from expansion during rains and contraction during periods of dought. The majority of homes have slab foundations and the cracks in walls, concrete subfloors and ceilings are caused by settling of the house and patching the crack is cosmetic only. It will show up again and soon, usually the only option is to have major foundation work. But like I said, it does depend on where you live.
     
  9. house21

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    Hi:
    It looks like I am the expert here ( funny how after few beers I feel like one )
    You need a new ceiling.
    To keep the cost down, dry line the ceiling with new plasterboard( don't take down the old ceiling) and pay a plasterer to skim it. This is the cheap way to fix it. You can paint it yourself after few days.
     

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