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larabiec 06-24-2011 03:11 PM

Drywall ceiling above bathtub/shower

I live in a rental apartment with a landlord who is not responsive to maintenance - I know move out right? Anyway I'm trying to make the best of the situation by brushing up my DIY skills and tackling some things myself.

Project #1 is the ceiling in our bathroom above the bathtub/shower. The ceiling section in question is about 5'x3' and is lower than the rest of the bathroom ceiling. It used to have tiling covering the drywall but was done poorly and has recently fallen down (has been in disrepair for years). So at the moment the tile has been completely removed from the drywall and remaining is the drywall with squares of whatever poor quality adhesive compund was used to attach the tiles initially. There is also a small gap in the drywall (about a 1/2" space) where the drywall should meet the tiled walls - but they don't quite meet. This gap used to be covered by the ceiling tiles but now that they're gone it's a pretty noticeable gap.

I have a very limited budget but would like to do a decent job at making this section of ceiling safe/liveable/as moisture resistant as possible. I don't have money to re-tile the ceiling so at the moment the plan is to sand/scrape off the adhesive remnants from the drywall and then wipe off the ceiling and seal and paint it with good bathroom products that can handle moisture. I'm planning to use zinsser cover-stain oil primer (to cover up any water stains I might encounter - I haven't noticed any yet through the adhesive mess though) and then Perma White (zinsser) bathroom paint (this is based on advice found on this forum).

I'm a bit stumped by the gap where the ceiling should meet the wall - worried that this might cause moisture problems for us even after sealing/painting - but I'm not quite sure how to deal with that. Is there a filler of some kind that I could use and then caulking? My instinct is to replace the 5'x3' of drywall with a moisture resistant kind because who know what's up there currently but I've been quoted with a cost of at least C$350 to have a handyman do that (which is unfortunately out of my price range by a few hundred...).

I'm not one to cut corners but given the circumstances, if there is any practical economical advice out there from the pros I'd really appreciate it. No pictures for now since I'm at work but I could take some later this evening if my description isn't cutting it.

Thanks very much!

Bud Cline 06-24-2011 04:59 PM

Yup, a picture would be dandy.:)

bjbatlanta 06-25-2011 11:00 PM

Picture would definitely help, but sounds like adding a layer over the existing would cover the issue with the thinset and fix the problem with the 1/2" gap if I understand what you're describing....

Bud Cline 06-26-2011 01:23 PM

Yup, a picture would be dandy.:)

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