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Old 03-19-2011, 03:21 AM   #16
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Just wondering what everyone else thinks about our ceiling in our "new construction" home. I think it looks terrible and is a very poor finishing job. Please let me know if this is normal. Also, I have attached pictures of my garage sheetrock ( 1/3 of factory edges look broken) and the "professional patch" job after pipes froze 5 times ( yeah it's great owning a new house!). Please let me what you all think and if the poor finish could be fixed. Thanks!
I have seen broken edges like that too many times with my years of experience in drywall. They are often caused when forklifts move a stack of sheetrock and knock the stacks together... or when loading the stack with a boom truck...or when they stock the job they may drop the sheets a little.

All those broken spots must be cut out and cleaned out. Then prefilled with a setting compond mixed fairly thick. Then taped...

I wonder if the taper cleaned out all the broken blisters on the factory edge before he put the tape on?

Anyways that is a knockdown ceiling texture that cannot be scraped off if painted over.

It appears the taper humped the seams with too much mud. I can even see humps in the field for some reason...almost looks like they built up mud on screws sticking out or something?

The only options to fix your ceiling is to...

*Spray with acoustic (popcorn) ceiling spray..or

*Skim coat the entire ceiling. Flash the ceiling with a 500w light close to the ceiling with the other lights off if possible and shine (shadow) down the length of it to expose the bad seams or any broken blisters that may not have been cut out and filled, and then fix the broken (blistered) rock and feather out the seams accordingly..or

*Put another layer of sheetrock over it and re-do..or

*Tear the ceiling rock off and re-do

I feel for you...fortunately for me there are a lot of shotty tapers out there and a shortage of decent tapers...which made it easy for me to build a good reputation and keep busy.

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Old 03-08-2015, 09:21 PM   #17
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I read this thread and done ceilings before,, definitely the toughest part.. I would like some info and offer suggestions too.. First off any loose tape or lumped tape should be knifed and peeled out, scrape using a spackle blade heavy vaccum sander using 50 to 80 drywall grit .. Iam still looking for a quality premixed joint compound ( I am hoping to read suggestions for the best for repairing ceiling joints ) but yeah, be sure to use rock screws 1 1/4 should suffice every 10 inches on ceiling joints.. everything else is as others here explained.. go wide and feather at least 12 inches on both sides ..try just a 6 in blade of mud/joint compound i use is the green compound (not sure if the pros recommend this all purpose but it does shrink and enough to set new tape in going just enough to cover the tape with second 5 in width.. let that set overnight.. sand lightly when dried ,, follow with two thin coats maybe three. each coat should dry overnight and lightly sanded or wet sponge sand to feather into the painted section, you should have good lighting and take your time .. you rather want to minimize sanding between coats so you should start with heavy mud from the bucket first (should mix it but i never do) anyway, last coat try making the all purpose mix thinner adding a little water,, just enough for making a thinner last top coat.. should not need nothing but a little wet sanding.. but some would say go with a stick sander ,, all depends how good an artist you are! lol add water but not too much where it drips/runs off your spackle blade.. you need to have it just right to work with. Anyway, anybody have any good suggestions for a quality joint compound for ceiling? tia, appreciated!
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Here's my suggestion DO NOTHING ! If this is new construction and you do anything it will void any warranty. Call the builder back immediately if not sooner. This is his responsibility If he refuses to do anything you may need an attorney. To try and do this yourself you are going to end up with a big mess.
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Thank you for the info. In your opinion is this "normal" or is it a half assed finishing job?
Some of the worst drywall work I have seen in many years.Wish you the best with the contractor.He probably knows who he hired and what they do.
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It's not half-assed. It's fully assed . It needs
To be redone even if that means ripping out the drywall and starting over
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I agree with you , but given this thread is over four years old, I assume it has already been redone, or the OP made his millions in the oil fields and moved to warmer weather
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so eay to knife and peel out the joint tape ,, hit it with new mesh or standard tape and all purpose pre mixed spackle .. than after a dry day level off both sides using lots of mud using a 12 inch blade total 24 in. width to stick sand flat ..let that set and dry day or two.. i always suggest using a quality stick sander.. 80 grit is fine.. than make a wet mix and do the same..this thin mix should go on like glass if you did everything right as I explained. let that dry overnight too if needed,, but before painting check once again should you need a fourth coat.. and be sure you go light sanding until you see no transition to existing flat ceiling.. forgot to ask, was the new construction joists wet pine? because unlike dry fur.. pine will twist and bend a lot even after screwing all them seams.. just thought you know for next time.

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