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Old 06-04-2013, 11:33 AM   #1
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Help. So we moved into this house 2 years go. Its a split level. On the top floor I believe I'm having some truss uplift issues in the hallway in a few spots. However I have fixed those.

This issue is in our bedroom, and has gotten worse over the past year. There is no water damage. The truss' run perpendicular to the drywall seam. How would I go about repairing this?

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Just a poor rock and tape job. The problem you are going to have, is the texture after fixing.
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So proper fix is cut out current tap at the seam, retape, mud, and texture?
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So proper fix is cut out current tap at the seam, retape, mud, and texture?
A little more to it than that. I may be wrong but that looks like a butt joint but I don't know why there would be one there. Anyway you will need to sand the texture off over to the edge and about a foot on the other side. Then go as planned.
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Yuck, going to be a nice mess then
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Honestly? Before you torture yourself with a textured ceiling, call a local drywall place and get a quote for having them do it. At least find out what it'd cost. Because DIY on this is an adventure and you'll have nobody but yourself to blame for how long it takes and how much you notice the work. Ceiling paint and drywall are one place I really never mind paying someone else to handle.
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A little more to it than that. I may be wrong but that looks like a butt joint but I don't know why there would be one there. Anyway you will need to sand the texture off over to the edge and about a foot on the other side. Then go as planned.
Most likely all the condo's are like that. They probably took whatever materials they had left after one unit, and used in another, instead of buying enough rock for each one, just got one large load.

Remember, most of these places, the sub's are paid by the unit not per hour, and most do not care what happens to the place after they are done and paid, because they look at it, as not their problem, once everything is signed off, and their hands are out of the picture.

Five years tops is how most of these places last. My wife's grandmother's unit that she lives in, at a retirement village, there is a couple of cracks that are from heave. One runs straight across the ceiling, the other at an angle from the return duct, to the corner of the living room wall and hallway. All the units in the building have the same crack and maintenance will not repair the damage.
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Most likely all the condo's are like that. They probably took whatever materials they had left after one unit, and used in another, instead of buying enough rock for each one, just got one large load.

Remember, most of these places, the sub's are paid by the unit not per hour, and most do not care what happens to the place after they are done and paid, because they look at it, as not their problem, once everything is signed off, and their hands are out of the picture.

Five years tops is how most of these places last. My wife's grandmother's unit that she lives in, at a retirement village, there is a couple of cracks that are from heave. One runs straight across the ceiling, the other at an angle from the return duct, to the corner of the living room wall and hallway. All the units in the building have the same crack and maintenance will not repair the damage.
Run into this BIG time in Fla. during the boom the only objective was to get done as quick as possible and move on to the next one. Thus we are now the world capitol for texture. Whice also means we are big in corner bead cracks, cracks above doorways and windows, and tape falling off. In fact in a lot of houses they did not tape where the wall and ceiling meet. Guess what happens after a couple years of opening doors to go in and out when the a/c is on there is enough vacuum that the drywall on the ceiling moves.
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I would think that a good skim coat would make that butt joint disappear along with the texture.

Then you'd have the option of slopping on more tex or leaving smooth.
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Yeah, T.S., I would be willing to guess that we experience more D/W problems here than almost anywhere else.
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I would think that a good skim coat would make that butt joint disappear along with the texture.

Then you'd have the option of slopping on more tex or leaving smooth.
Just a skim coat won't make that texture go away it has to be sanded off back away from the joint to the edge on one side and probably about a foot on the other side. Then the joint needs taped (paper) then 3 coats of mud feathering each out a little farther. Then sand, prime, match texture, prime, then paint.
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Maybe I missed it, but it seems we are again doing something so many novices do. We are patching the symptom, but dismissing the very important necessity of finding out WHY this problem occurred in the first place.

Don't you think all that is going to happen is that we will be doing this same "patch" job again somewhere in the future?

It probably wasn't just a bad taping or finish job. There was likely something else, and you owe it to yourself to go ahead and find out what it was.
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