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Crack in freshly-plastered ceiling

Discussion in 'Plastering and Rendering' started by Jakg, 20 Jan 2019.

  1. Jakg


    26 Dec 2017
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    United Kingdom
    I had the ceiling plastered in my spare room in April last year as part of a DIY renovation - https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f=&t=1757711

    Just noticed a large crack in the ceiling.

    Difficult to get a good photo of unfortunately - it's very obvious from certain angles and goes over half way across the room.


    I did the boarding (12.5mm boards straight onto the joists) and a plasterer did a skim inc the curve.

    Did I do the boarding wrong? Was the plasterers mix not correct? Or is it just thermal expansion / contraction?

    Not planning on contacting the plasterer but would be interested to know for the future.

    Before paining (I let it fully dry before painting for a long time)


    Before plastering


    My plan to fix is to sand and fill with polyfilla a couple of times until smooth and then paint it and hope it holds up.
  2. Ronob


    13 Mar 2013
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    United Kingdom
    I had a similar problem in one corner of a bedroom ceiling the crack was about 4ft. Had the plasterer out and he filled and smoothed it with jointing compound - a few moths later it failed again.

    I decided the best option was for me to have a go!

    I used a bladed scraper to make a wide surface scrape out of the plaster just a millimetre or so deep. Then using jointing compound, filled and smoothed+the crack, then pva’d the whole scrapped out section, I stuck that jointing tape that is like a plastic gauze over it, followed by jointing compound to fill and finish off.

    That was a year ago now and no sign of cracking. However, I also went into the loft to ensure there was no movement in the ceiling joists - I couldn’t feel any but did bind a length of timber to each of the joists in that section, just in case.

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