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Old 09-11-2012, 04:44 PM   #1
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How do I fix a droop in my ceiling?


I installed wood furring strips on top of my drywall in my ceiling. I'm going back through right now and trying to level everything, and theres one square about 1ft wide and 3 feet long where it looks like someone who owned the house earlier cut the drywall out and attempted to repair it and did a crappy job. I absolutely cannot afford to tear down the drywall and replace it, so now I'm trying to figure out how to get this one spot level so I can put the bead board up before winter kicks in.


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theres some pictures of what I'm dealing with, thank you all for your help.

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Old 09-11-2012, 04:54 PM   #2
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Do you know which way joists go, or if there is strapping on the joists? Strapping can sag if the nails pull loose. If so take a square of plywood and a prop in the center, long enough to push the sag up, (about an inch longer than the height), and refasten with longer screws.

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The joists run vertical, also the attic access to get to that bed room is way too small for me to fit through which is why i think they threw that drywall up there. I'm not able to see enough to judge anything. I will take a look at see if the nails are making sag. Thanks
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If that fails you could always shim down the rest to make it flat.
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@Evstarr I've been debating that, but the gap is half an inch and would take forever for me to shim all that. I'm about to go investigate again. Thank you
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Why can't you just cut out that one 1'x3' section again? Replace it with a thinner piece of drywall or plywood, then shim over that, since it will all be covered anyway. Sorry, I know I must be missing something.
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I never see that ceiling being very flat by just going over all the old glue blobs and flaws. Should have take the time to scrape them off before installing the straping.
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@joecaptain I did scrape all of the glue in the areas I was running the furring strips. All of the furring strips are on flat drywall, not the glue. I left the remaining because they dont interfere with anything.
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:53 PM   #9
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Plane down the furring strips which rest on the problem area?

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