Ceiling Cracks

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Old 07-29-20, 01:01 PM
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Ceiling Cracks

The little Vicar's house at church was probably built in the 1950's. The dining room and kitchen ceiling is getting covered in cracks. Upon investigating I pulled back what appears to be really thick paper from one of the cracks. What I saw underneath looks like a drywall ceiling where the joints were never skimmed with compound, taped and mudded over. Instead, it appears they just covered the entire drywall ceiling with a thick, heavy paper. The ceiling isn't textured, just painted. I've never encountered that or heard of this before. I'm guessing the only thing to do would be to strip it all off and do the joints the normal way.
 
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Old 07-29-20, 02:10 PM
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Where specifically are the cracks? Do the cracks follow the seams of the sheetrock underneath?

You can strip the ceiling and give it a traditional tape and mud job. After the old wall paper is off you could apply a new wallpaper. There are some textured ones and others specifically to resist or hide cracks.
 
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Old 07-29-20, 02:19 PM
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Yes, the cracks are where the drywall joints are in the ceiling. I can see they were never mudded over with joint compound and tape. I don't know why anyone would have done things that way. I've never heard of that technique before.
 
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