What is wrong with the ceiling? Does it just need paint or is it structural?
There was a leak from the second floor and it fell.I think its made of plaster.The house is over 120 years old.
You will need to cut away the damaged sections and replace the gaps with new gyprock. You then need to fill in the gaps between the sheets. Then add the tape to smooth the seams and the plaster the seams. Then you need to sands all the plaster smooth with the rest of the ceiling. I have just done mine in the garage. My son and myself put the new one up because we thought it would be easy for 2 diyers. My advise is to get it done by a professional if you want a good job. It is defiantly not as easy as it looks.