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Old 03-10-2013, 05:59 PM   #31
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1975----I had that number in my head---that was a time of wonderful new building materials---

Builder adhesive --that meant using only half the number of nails---except the first generstion of glue became brittle and failed after 15 or 20 years----

Truss roof construction was also new---but truss lift was not understood--so ceiling seams opened up once a year---

Whenever 'new' happens---problems follow---

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Old 03-10-2013, 06:05 PM   #32
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Bang on that sheet with your fist----see if it sounds hollow or loose-----I'm working on a house from that time period----half of the drywall is loose----lots of screws are being added---

You may be able to save most of that by rescrewing the sheets--and cutting out a narrow strip (16 to 32 inch") where it is buckled---

the buckling might be caused by pressure from a loose ceiling sheet------

Use your fist---see if I'm on the right track---
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:21 PM   #33
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Bang on that sheet with your fist----see if it sounds hollow or loose-----I'm working on a house from that time period----half of the drywall is loose----lots of screws are being added---

You may be able to save most of that by rescrewing the sheets--and cutting out a narrow strip (16 to 32 inch") where it is buckled---

the buckling might be caused by pressure from a loose ceiling sheet------

Use your fist---see if I'm on the right track---
It's a little hard to discern, but it seems hollow? Also, the area that seemed the most suspect is the area where I made that small hole, and it shockingly is hollow. I thought for sure I would find a misaligned beam or stud over there. Would be AWESOME if I could avoid the scaffolding. No one wants to go up there.
(When I asked a pro for an estimate to fix a minor issue years ago over the stairs, it was an astronomical cost because of the staircase and the awkward placing of scaffolding... barely enough space to sqeeze it in.) Makes me wonder how the builders build that tight alcove to begin with.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:27 PM   #34
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That can be dangerous work--please take extra care---I good friend went down off a scaffold over a stair case--

It was almost a life changing event---he is okay after nearly a year off work---so please take extra care---
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He's not talking about doing the whole repair. Just take a few minutes to open up and see what is going on.
this ^ . just cut a small hole. maybe 3" x 8" .
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That can be dangerous work--please take extra care---I good friend went down off a scaffold over a stair case--

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this ^ . just cut a small hole. maybe 3" x 8" .
Can't start cutting holes right now.... just because it seriously is SMACK in the middle of the "party traffic zone". Even the stupid 1" thing I'll have to spackle over now. I swear I'll go after it right after easter....
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I'm working on a home buit 50 years ago.
No glue was use, looks lkie they used 1" box nails with stright shanks.
There was a 6. something earth quake a few miles away and poped every nail in the whole house.
At the of the day I'm still seeing spots.
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I was remodeling a kitchen ,from the same time period---I removed the soffits--then grabbed and pulled the drywall ceiling---the 12x16 ceiling came down in one full sheet --ka-boom--
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I know, but I can't exactly have a house full of guests with a wall missing. KWIM? Kinda obvious from my statement "gotta be after easter"
A wall would not be missing, just some drywall. I would be more concerned that a guest would be walking up or down the stairwell and that drywall could let loose and really hurt someone.

I had an issue in one of my rooms and the drywall stayed removed for 8 months including Thanksgiving and X-mas until I was sure the problem was remedied.
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Sorry for the disorienting picture! It's the best I can do because it's a stairwell. I took the pic standing on roughly the 8th step, looking downwards towards the landing (which is equivalent to the 4th step of the staircase). The staircase is covered w/ chocolate brown carpeting....
Ive looked and looked and still cannot get a good perspective with this photo. The only thing now is I do see the larger bulge at "A".

Is "B" a handrail?
"E" is the ceiling???
What is "C"?
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looks to me that E is the upper part of the wall, A and down is the lower part of said wall. C is the stair landing.
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looking at it more. it looks like E is bead board or paneling. and it is sagging down, putting pressure on the drywall A causing it to bulge out.
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Did you ever figure out the problem?
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Did you ever figure out the problem?
Probably still waiting for the next holiday to come.

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