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Old 11-22-2011, 08:06 PM   #1
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I'm looking at remodeling my bathroom and the previous ceiling tiles were warping and coming off the drywall ceiling so I took them all down. Below are pictures of the drywall that's currently on the ceiling. Is this fixable through compounding where needed, sanding and painting? I don't want to take it down because of the insulation so it's either this or ceiling tiles, unless anyone has any recommendations. This is my first time messing with drywall so to say i'm a novice is accurate. Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:30 PM   #2
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It will be a better job to remove it--add your new fan and duct---and simply replace it.

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Is the original ceiling plaster/lath or is that 2-1/2" ship-lap board outlines on the ceiling? Did you look in the attic at the backside?
If so, you will need new drywall to cover for a good finish. I'm surprised the tiles stayed up with the lack of adhesive residue showing.....

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Gary:

To my knowledge it's not plaster and is probably the ship-lap board and it is attached directly to the joists in the attic. Am I okay just putting the drywall over that? Like I said, I don't really want to tear that stuff down. The previous owner just stapled the tiles to that board without putting up shims. Thanks guys, for your help.

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Sure you can overlay new on top of the existing-----I didn't realize that there was an attic above it--
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You could also use a texture paint or use compound to create one.
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Skim coat or new layer of drywall over it.
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Spence, you are fine going right over it with drywall, try to fasten to the ceiling joists. A skim coat may work but expect cracks from the seasonal movement of the framing members. You will find when patching with setting type compounds the wood swells- from absorbing the moisture through the paper covering usually applied to the wood face, and it will peel-off in sections. The time spent skim-coating and the splotchy surface level when finally done- isn't worth it. Learned the hard way, not by my choice......

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If it were my ceiling I would probably take a stab at skim coating it and sanding first off, provided I had the experience to do so. If you don't know what your doing then skim coating just leads to more sanding than any sane human should be forced to to.

If skim coating is out, or it fails after a season, then put up dry wall shooting your screws right up into the joists. You can do that first off but I'm always a sucker for trying the least invasive approach first.

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