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New ceiling?

Discussion in 'Plastering and Rendering' started by chillout, 28 May 2010.

  1. chillout

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    I have a long crack in my ceiling which has come back after being filled probably due to other work going on in the house. It stems from one side to the other. My plasterer is suggesting 'tacking' boards to the existing. Im aiming to take the old plaster and lathe ceiling down and fixing plasterboard to the joists. Is there any possibility of digging out the crack, filling it, taping over it. Is my plasterer right or wrong in sayng that new ceiling should go up?
     
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    Just to confirm, is this a lathe and plaster ceiling?

    I have seen decorators fill tape and then feather out over cracks using paper tape and jointing compound / easy fill.
     
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    There may be other options here.
    If you have a long crack, may be possible to better secure your existing boards to the joists & re-skim with scrim tape to reinforce the joint. Depends how good & flat existing ceiling is also I guess.

    I think if you just go with the dig out and fill, it will likely come back.

    The overboard will of course work also, but prob cost more if plan A is ok.

    I think taking down a ceiling will cause you a lot of mess and the overboarding may be easier and cleaner.
     
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    Yep its plaster and lathe. The house is having a major refurb at the mo, so the mess wont make any difference! I took the old ones down upstairs so know what to expect if I do take the old one down.
     
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    i did a bathroom ceiling the other week pipes above spotlights etc etc, having plastered small ceiling it cracked, looked above the joists i had been climbing on to put pipes in were 3x2 or maybe 4x2 but not really big enough to hold my wieght so when we finished the rest of the work i just painted and filled with decorators filler, its flexi as well , sorted it out

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    Removing lathe and plaster is one hell of a messy job, so be prepared.
    Gloves. safety specs, dust mask, even a hard hat, dust sheets if needed.
    A skip maybe, if no nearby tip and van with permit.
    You'll be surprized how much comes out.
    Remember to use 12.5mm depth plasterboards, reduces potentail cracking and sagging. Stager the joints on the boards http://www.zurich.co.uk/NR/rdonlyre...BF-4E5D5F270C8D/0/500045004BG900204WebOpt.pdf

    and don't tack the plasterboards, they want to be screwed up using dry wall screws.
     
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    Cheers, yep when I did the upstairs ones I kind of looked at it and thought.... wow wherd all this come from! Was worth it in the end though. Need a skip for a load of hardcore so will arrange one I think. I wont be able to save the cornice but have a guy who can manufacture the same.
     
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    Get him round to take a template of what you have now if you want to keep it exactly the same profile, they cut a slot in it and then slip in something to get the profile.
     
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    Ah right thanks, havent started it yet luckily!
     
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