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Old 11-27-2011, 01:04 AM   #1
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replacing plaster ceiling bathroom

what is the best way to replace a small bathroom plaster ceiling. Some say remove old ceiling and replace with water/mold proof drywall. Others say attach drywall to old ceiling.


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Old 11-27-2011, 01:20 AM   #2
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Depends on the reason for wanting to replace the old ceiling.

If you have damage to it...or significant mold...then yes, rip it out and put up new.

If you have cracks....then just screw new drywall up there.

Now...with that said, I need to point out something.

The 'normal' way ceiling drywall is done, the ceiling goes up first and then the sides. That way, the side drywall is butted up against the ceiling and is holding the corners up tight. In most cases, there is not trim studs in the ceiling to screw into...just the studs.

When you hand ceiling afterwards, you don't really have any edge support between studs. In small areas using 5/8" drywall...not really an issue.

In your case, either way you go, your going to have unsupported edges....hopefully some of the expertes will chim in on the best methods.


Even if you are on the right track, you will still get run over if you just sit there.

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I've never had problems with overlayed drywall or new with the walls already up---

For overlay---use a generous amount of drywall adhesive and screws--

For new---add blocking where needed to get proper support at the edges---

Stapling on thin wood 'ripper strips' might be need to make the drywall match the thickness of the old plaster---Mike---
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Going over plaster is fine if not bad! Just make sure you clean it good before you cover. I like to take a bit of adhesive and apply it to the cieling, then hang with screws. Double up screws within 1 1/2 inch of each other every 16 inchs.
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