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Old 11-22-2009, 08:31 PM   #16
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Had somebody come over and look at it - they felt it was condensation from thermal changes thru that area. I'll getting a 2nd opinion and will give an update.

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Old 11-22-2009, 09:34 PM   #17
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That IS the second opinion, lol.

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Old 11-23-2009, 08:49 AM   #18
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I'm in agreement with termites, based on seeing these type "tracks" in homes I was called to about this type problem here in S. Ga. bjatlanta is correct in that taking a putty knife, laying it fairly flat to the surface and scraping off the remaining paper of the drywall should/probably will reveal termite tracks. As others have stated, termites will eat the paper backing of the drywall. I have seen results of them eating the paper, leaving the actual drywall and the paint. I also agree that if you are seeing these in your ceiling you probably have a larger infestation than you want, or you have drywall in your ceiling that those litlle critters like better than the walls. I do highly recommend calling in a reputable extermination company. Ask neighbors, friends, co-workers for recommendations. Good Luck, David
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If it is termites, eventually there will be some termite dust, similar to fine sand, falling out the tracks. If that hasn't happened yet, you might take a knife and cut open one of the tracks. If nothing falls out, you probably have don't have termites.
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I believe this is one of the situations where a little research is called for. If it is termites and it is ignored believing it is a simple water stain, the termites could cause a lot of damage before realizing they are there.

On the other hand, should it turn out to be a water stain, you have a couple of touches of mud and some paint, which you already had to do anyway.

better safe than sorry.
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Did any of you hold the "control" key while tapping the "+=" sign, 8 or 9 times on the picture? Knock-down texture, some finishers put black tint in the primer coat to get just that effect. "Control" and "-" key to remove.
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Not like any splash or knock downs I've seen:

http://www.drywallschool.com/textures.htm

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