Crack in ceiling caused by my foot in the attic

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  1. biggiebig

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    Hi Guys need some advice.

    I was in the attic clearing some old junk out when my foot slipped and hit the landing ceiling plaster. Now the ceiling has a 5-6inch crack it. It wouldn't look so bad but one side is flapping over the other by a few mm. If I could get it level then I could just fill it.

    - The house is under offer, I think the buyer who is an investor is planning to do a loft conversion as it has planning permission. The buyer did have a very brief look when viewing so I could just leave it and pretend he didn't notice it

    - Try to get the two ends of the crack in line by pushing the plaster up. It's overlapping by a couple of mm. I tried pushing it but was worried I might make it worse. If I could get the plaster level then I could just fill the crack and paint it.

    Any advice :oops:
     
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    you could scrape back the edges of the break so they go level and leave a bigger crack. you can fill the crack easier if it is a bit bigger. If it won't stay up while you are fixing it, a trick is to push a flat board up with a pole wedged against the floor, and apply matting and thin runny plaster from above. Or you could wedge in a batten above between the roof timbers

    I am assuming this is plasterboard, there is another way of repairing lath & plaster ceiings.
     
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    I agree with John. Scrape back the edges so they no-longer overlap and simply fill the groove with polifilla.
     
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    but the overlap is so so small.

    Could I not just push the plaster so that it goes back in place.
     
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    I believed you :confused:
     
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    thanks JohnD.

    Also forgot to add the ceiling has artex through it's not of any particular pattern.
     
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    Quote from Biggiebig,

    If I was in our attic, and my foot slipped damaging the landing ceiling plaster, my crack would have the wife's size 5-6 boot in it. Ouch.... :LOL: :LOL:

    Roughcaster.
     
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    hi, about the crack in the ceiling!! you could apply a palm sander to the surface to level it out, ( be sure to wear goggles and a hat ,ie base ball cap etc,) there will be quite a bit of dust, so dont over do it!! then you apply a small strip of joint tape/mesh this is a mesh type tape. then apply a small amount of artex to the area ane try to texture it to the surrounding finish, ie use a cloth wrapped over by polythene/bread bag etc. PS, dont forget to dampen the surface prior to applying the artex, or you could paint it with emulsion and apply to the surface the next day.
    cheers
     
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    The original problem was back in early Jan. Bet he's left by now.
     
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