Cracked and Sagging ceiling

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Old 10-25-06, 07:36 AM
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Cracked and Sagging ceiling

I have a cracked and sagging drywalled cieling in my daughters bedroom. It is along the closet where the tape joint is. The cieling is also bowing down. I was wondering if it would be possible to push the cieling back up or do I have to tear out the drywalled cieling and replace it? I am looking for the most cost efficient way of doing this if there is such a thing.
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Old 10-25-06, 09:17 AM
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The problem with old drywall is that, quite often, it won't hold when you try to snug it back to the joists. However - try installing new drywall screws, beginning where the sag starts - about every 6 - 12 inches, in an attempt to pull the sag back up. Sometimes I will make a sort of brace out of scrap lumber (like a giant T) to push up the panel before starting to install the screws. If they hold - you're there! If not - you're faced with cutting out the sag and patching with a new piece of drywall.
 
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Old 10-25-06, 08:03 PM
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Just to add to the zesters' procedure: There is on the market a special washer used to pull drywall back into place. It is about 1 inch in diameter, and is dimpled to fit a drywall screw. It will compress into the surface, and has holes in it to help the new mud adhere to it. I beleive they are sold in small boxes of 100. The only place I have seen these is at LEE VALLEY TOOLS, they have a website and are in the US and Canada.
 
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Old 10-26-06, 04:47 AM
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Sagging drywall

Thanks Zester. I will give it a try. If it does not work then I will have to replace and re-texture. Thanks for the advice on the large drywall washers Renolenny. If the first does not work then i might give it a try if i can find them where i am at.
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Old 10-26-06, 11:14 AM
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Renolenny, I believe the item to which you refer are actually plaster washers. These are designed to pull loose and cracking plaster back into contact with the lath. http://www.leevalley.com/hardware/page.aspx?c=2&p=40099&cat=3,41306,41316
I doubt that they will compress beneath the surface of drywall sufficiently to cover with mud without creating a bump on the surface.
 
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