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Old 01-06-2009, 01:15 AM   #1
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Hi. Not sure if this is the proper category for the post, but here goes.

I need some advice. The ceiling (only above the shower area) in my bathroom has a very crackled and puffy appearance (see pic). I tried sanding it out, but this doesn't work very well. It's still very obvious. The house was built in the 1950s.

Any advice on how to fix this. I have a very limited budget and even more limited repair skills. Perhaps I could put some kind of textured effect on the ceiling to camouflage the ugliness? Thanks.
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It looks like the sheetrock or plaster (not sure which you have) has failed, or is in the process of failing. Anything you put over it will eventually have the cracking telegraph right through. My suggestion would be to replace the ceiling unfortunately. It is a DIY-type job if you're up to it. We can talk you through it!

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Overlaying the existing ceiling with another layer of sheetrock might be a good option as well, without the problems of having to re-insulate above the bathroom.

Is the ceiling soft, like it has been getting wet? Do you have an operable and effective bath ventilation fan to get humidity out of the bathroom during and after showers?
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Thanks for the reply. It's a sheetrock ceiling. It's been in that condition for as long as I can remember and it hasn't gotten any worse over the years. The bathroom has a fan, so I think the ventilation is good. The ceiling isn't soft, it feels as solid as the rest of the sheetrock. I was hoping for a really simple, cheap fix, but it sounds like I'll have to go with something more. I'll look into your suggestions. Thanks again.
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