Updating a popcorn ceiling

Should the popcorn be removed before the cover ceiling.I t is falling off??? 1 big chunk fell off about the size of the palm of your hand.
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  • ReneJackson ReneJackson on Sep 13, 2016
    I have the same problem. Lets hear suggestions.
  • Sue Maone Sue Maone on Sep 13, 2016
    I was told to put sheetrock over it.
  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Sep 13, 2016
    We covered ours with beadboard - much easier than doing sheetrock.
  • Sue Ryan Sue Ryan on Sep 13, 2016
    We did the same. Beadboard is the way to go.
  • Judy Riley Judy Riley on Sep 13, 2016
    you don't have to but please if you think it was from before 1980 or so, get it tested for asbestos before you do anyting. just put whatever you are going to use right over it
  • Becky Miller Becky Miller on Sep 13, 2016
    I agree, cover it. But if you decide to scrape it, get ready for a big mess. I've scraped it while it's dry: tuff job. After about 10 minutes of dry scraping, I decided to spray it with water. Wow, what a difference! And it holds the dust down. Remember to cover furniture and floor with drop cloth to protect and gather the debris.
  • Removing popcorn is messy... they do have a new tool makes it easier but still a bit messy.. i say cover it if you can it is easier.. be creative look out side normal things..
  • Norma Durbin Norma Durbin on Sep 13, 2016
    If you do decide to remove it...use a shop vac with a drywall knife taped to nozzle to scrape..spray ceiling with fabric softener/water solution first.....
  • Sue Harviel Sue Harviel on Sep 13, 2016
    The great thing about covering your ceiling is the fact that you don't have to remove or fix anything....just cover it. As for asbestos if you cover it, it won't harm you. Asbestos is only dangerous when it becomes air borne. So by covering it you are already saving a nice chunk of cash.
  • Dave Brown Dave Brown on Sep 13, 2016
    Check to see if its painted. If its not painted lightly spray with water and scrape into plaster tray. If painted cover it as it is much more difficult to scrape off.
  • Ellen Ellen on Sep 13, 2016
    Please be careful to check for the possibility of asbestos before doing anything! Houses built in the 1970's and earlier often have asbestos in the popcorn. It is not dangerous unless it is disturbed.
  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Sep 13, 2016
    I'd have to wonder why it's falling off. Is anything leaking above this ceiling? I know a guy that had a lot of leftover paneling from a re-do on house. Nailed it to ceiling and then covered with sand paint. You use it like paint but then kind of swirl the brush to add texture/design to it.
  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Sep 13, 2016
    It depends on what you are installing, method used to do that installation, and what you think. The coverup item should mean you don't have to do removal first.
  • Madamspinner4 Madamspinner4 on Sep 13, 2016
    big chunks are falling down because it has gotten wet ! Do nothing until you find out where the roof is leaking, and stop that first.
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    • Sue Maone Sue Maone on Sep 15, 2016
      Exactly that why I have pieces falling off. Its from the bathroom.
  • Ars10359034 Ars10359034 on Sep 15, 2016
    yes. thoroughly. then paint/plain with plaster of paris not cement