Asked on Oct 17, 2017

How to fix a crack in the ceiling

RussbowValerie Willey

Answered

This crack looks like where the sheetrock if put together.

3 answers
  • Russbow
    on Oct 17, 2017

    for full fix, sand to remove paint, re "paper' the crack with the product made for that purpose, several coats of 'mud', sanded, then repaint. A pain.
    • Joyce Middleton
      on Oct 17, 2017

      That sounds like the correct way. I have hired a professional to do that on the wall and the cracks came right back.
  • Valerie Willey
    on Oct 17, 2017

    *Note* My home is in the south, with high temperatures and high humidity and it was also built in the 50’s.

    When I bough my home it had a huge crack that we tried fixing with sheetrock tape and spackle. It worked for a while but as time went on the crack grew to the point that we were worried the ceiling would fall. When we first moved in we had blown insulation into the attic so we couldn’t take down the old Sheetrock or we would be covered in it. My husband and I decided the best fix was to use very thin smooth plywood sheets and screw them on the ceiling into the studs/beams. You can then fill the screw holes with puddy and sand, then paint the plywood or put ceiling tile up. It was a lot of over head work and even though it was a bit hard, the hardest part was holding the big sheets. It works best to have three tall adults but we did most of it with him and I and I was also 3 months pregnant at the time. Our electricity bill wents down a lot after this fix, since a lot of our heating and cooling was seeping into the attic. Good luck!
    • Joyce Middleton
      on Oct 17, 2017

      Thank You for your answer. I like the ceiling tile solution, but why couldn't one just put that over the sheetrock instead of cover with plywood first?
  • Russbow
    on Oct 17, 2017

    Possibly a poor professional, OR movement of the house structure. I would consult a local contractor with what you said.
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