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Old 01-16-2014, 10:42 AM   #1
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After hacking the electrical in for 13 new can lights and running ethernet my ceiling looks like swiss cheese. I can patch the holes but since there is a texture on the ceiling it will be noticeable. I was thinking of after patching I hire someone to come in and just skim coat the entire ceiling. So...

1) Is this something someone will do? I'm assuming it's a horrible job to take on.

2) Is this my best option?

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Old 01-16-2014, 10:46 AM   #2
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:37 AM   #3
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A pic will help. Too late now, but it might have been easier to pull the whole ceiling and rehang it. Since you are in Mass, getting someone to skim coat with plaster should be easy.
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Old 01-16-2014, 12:07 PM   #4
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A pic will help. Too late now, but it might have been easier to pull the whole ceiling and rehang it. Since you are in Mass, getting someone to skim coat with plaster should be easy.
Why is that?


Here is an example of the holes I have to patch (the circles have lights now). And another picture showing where there was a wall and isn't anymore. I'll patch this too but it shows the texture I'm dealing with.
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Old 01-16-2014, 12:27 PM   #5
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New England is one of the few areas that still do skim coat plaster. I have the same sort of texture on my ceilings. It's completely random and sort of an art form. I can tell that at least two plasters did my ceilings as there is some variation between rooms.

It's something you could do yourself. I used drywall compound (vs plaster) and a wet sponge recently to repair a hole in my ceiling. Once it was painted, the patch disappeared.

Your job could be more palatable to a pro, if you have him do the walls.
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Old 01-16-2014, 01:43 PM   #6
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Can also patch and skim with joint compound and do it yourself. Then re-texture or leave smooth.
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Yeah, I'm going to get quotes for the entire drywall job but after getting a $3300 quote for electric and $1400 for one baseboard heat run I'm guessing the drywall quote will be way way too high so I was going to do the drywall and just get the ceiling professionally done.

How many coats would it take to skim over that texture though, in some parts it's 1/2 deep?
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I would fill the holes and try to feather in the texture. Are you looking for a smooth ceiling? If yes, I would just pull down the old and start from scratch. It will be faster and likely cheaper in the long run. Trying to skim 1/2" is too much in my opinion (not a pro).
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You can sand down the high points till it fairly smooth then skim. Don't try to fill 1/2".
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If it were me I'd just re-sheet the whole ceiling.
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If it were me I'd just re-sheet the whole ceiling.
Yeah, I did a ceiling before....next again.
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Replacing the whole ceiling would be a last resort.

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