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Is this sagging drywall? Best way to fix it?

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Old 02-12-20, 06:10 AM
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Is this sagging drywall? Best way to fix it?

Hi everyone,
Iím new here so please be patient with me. We moved into our first house two years ago and it has luckily been smooth sailing until now. I noticed a series of nail pops on my sonís bedroom ceiling a few months ago along with what may be some sagging drywall? I donít know much about drywall. Should I be concerned about this? What could be causing it? How is this repaired? Any helpful insight is appreciated. Thank you.


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Old 02-12-20, 06:29 AM
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That is a seam that was done very bad or the drywall needs some more screws to hold it up and than new mud (JC compound). the pros will be in latter and can help with repair.
 
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How old is the house? As stated above you'll need more screws BUT you can't just add screws expecting them to draw the drywall tight. You first need to prop up the drywall to get it tight against the ceiling joist and then add screws. IMO the best/easiest way to accomplish that is with a 2x4 and a scrap piece of wood. Basically using the scrap to disperse the pressure and the 2x as the prop.


 
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Old 02-12-20, 06:49 AM
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If it's sagging you should be able to push on it and feel it move. If it is you will need to find the location of the joists and install several screws down the joists on each side then dig out the joint and repair.

If it's just a bad seam, same, dig it out and repair.

Identify if it's loose then we can provide more details!
 
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Thank you all for your help so far! The house is 17 years old. I just tried pushing on it and there is a small amount of movement when I press on it. What does this say about how I should proceed? Thanks again!
 
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Prop the ceiling so it's snug against the joists and then use screws. Once that is done you should be able to remove the prop[s] and mud over them.
 
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Use drywall screws and make sure the screw head is in the drywall board. What you want to do is Dimple the paper but not break through it. Takes a little practice to get right. Don't worry to much if you do break paper as all of us have done it.
 
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Old 02-12-20, 04:18 PM
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And, go about 2-3 screws to each side (approx 6" apart) on each joist across the area where it seems loose!
 
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