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Replace or repair my ceiling? Your views are required

Discussion in 'Plastering and Rendering' started by docburgess, 23 Aug 2011.

  1. docburgess

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    Hi,

    I have an old artexed ceiling in a bedroom that has had quite a few repairs over the years. such as cracks and also it looks slightly bowed in places. However, I've managed to put a larger crack in it by stepping onto it when I was mucking around in the loft!!

    The ceiling is old, from a 1920's house. The ceiling is made of plaster and wooden strips and the attic side has rubble on it from when the roof was fixed so if I took it all out it would be an extremely messy job.

    Should I rip it out completely or look at another solution? the room is about 14m x 16m.

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    14x16m is a hell of a big bedroom thats like 45ft x 52ft
    can you post some pics of the ceiling?
     
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    Sorry, the approx dimensions are 4 m x 3.5m.

    Hopefully the photos should be here ??


     
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    i would consider overboarding and then skimming, i cant see how badly the ceiling has bowed though
     
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    Does look a bit of a mess, it’s probably beyond easy repair. Over boarding is certainly the easiest & least messy way of doing it but if the lath is distorted, new boards may not pull it back & if you’ve ½ ton of roof rubble sitting on it, that may eventually warp the new boards; there is also is the additional weight of the new boards. You need to consider which will give the best solution in the longer term & that may be to rip it all down, roof rubble & all; it will certainly make re-boarding a lot easier.

    Use 12.5mm not 9.5mm square edge boards; board long edge across the joists & stagger the joints (short side); you may need support noggins depending on the joist spacing. Fix with screws every 200mm, tape the joints & get it skimmed.
     
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