Help With New Ceiling


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Old 05-11-12, 06:17 PM
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Help With New Ceiling

I just bought a condo in an old building. The ceiling is plaster and is not in good shape. The contractor I spoke to said the best and least expensive thing to do is to just place blueboard over the existing plaster. Does that sound right? Thanks.
 
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Old 05-11-12, 07:14 PM
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I've never used blueboard but if the contractor is good with the finishing touches, it sounds like it would work.

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Old 05-12-12, 04:17 AM
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Just make sure the drywall is attached with long enough screws to secure it well to the ceiling joists. Screwed to the wood lath is not acceptable! Blue board is correct if he plans to apply a plaster veneer, otherwise regular drywall is fine.

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Old 05-12-12, 06:24 AM
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Thanks marksr - I'm glad to be part of this forum.

The contractor said he was going to use textured paint on the blue board. Does it still need a plaster veneer?
 
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Blue board or regular drywall has to be finished. That means taping and mudding the seams and screw heads. Blueboard is made to accept a plaster veneer. I don't know how much more blue board costs than regular drywall. You can use either but IMO there is no sense in using blue board unless you plan to use a plaster veneer.
 
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Old 05-12-12, 08:09 PM
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Thanks for the help. I really appreciate it.
 
 

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