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Old 09-18-14, 03:22 PM
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Damaged Ceiling - Need your Advice on fix or replace

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First time posting on this forum. It looks like a great place to get some experienced input. I am trying to determine my next steps for fixing a ceiling that was damaged by a leaking water system pipe. The pipe has been fixed but my living room ceiling needs some work. I would like to have your opinion on whether or not the ceiling can be fixed (patched with ceiling plaster and blended to match existing "sand" finish or if I will need to rip the remaining finished ceiling out and have a new one put in. I am trying manage costs and I have no idea what it might cost to do a complete replacement, do you? The room is 16ft x 13ft. The damaged area is about 8ft by 2.5ft. Has anyone repaired a section this big with results that can't be noticed to the eyes?

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Old 09-18-14, 03:27 PM
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Textures get matched up every day so that isn't a big deal although sometimes it's easier to retexture the entire ceiling/wall than to get the patch to blend. Are you sure that is a sand texture? it looks more like orange peel to me.
 
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So would you re-texture the existing ceiling by first compounding the new drywall? What texture would be best to fix my problem here?
 
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I see about 1/2 screws needed to hold up drywall. Screws should dent paper but not rip it. Marksr the painter personally I have problems matching texture, fine it easier to just do it all over. Tape and fill cracks first
 
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Is the joint on the left side of the repair floating? If there is much give/flex the joint will fail sooner or later.

You need to scrape off some of the texture surrounding the patch pieces then mud/tape and finish all the joints and cover the screws. Orange peel texture is made using thinned down joint compound and then shooting it thru a hopper gun. The consistency of the j/c along with the orifice used on the gun determines the texture.
 
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Any suggestions on how to soften the existing texture surrounding the patch so that it will scrape off? Also, the existing texture is not orange peel but is more like a random sand swirl. What are your thoughts on trying to do a smooth finish?
 
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Unpainted texture can generally be misted with water and easily scraped off. Painted texture is more difficult to remove. Sometimes scraping and then misting with water followed by more scraping is effective. Scraping what you can and then skim coating the ceiling is also an option.
 
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Any ballpark figures to skim coat or completely replace a ceiling that is 16 x 13 sq ft?
 
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Old 09-23-14, 04:23 AM
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There shouldn't be any reason to replace the entire ceiling as long as the drywall is sound. Labor prices can vary greatly in different locales. It would be best to get multiple estimates. Unless you have previous dealings with a contractor - get and check his references!
 
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