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Old 02-23-2009, 11:03 PM   #1
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I am looking at buying a house, and in the living room upstairs the previous owner (or builder) thought it would be cool to put these wood beams on top of the Sheetrock ceiling. Well it appears one of them fell off and broke through the Sheetrock where the anchors were. How hard is it to remove all of these boards and fix the ceiling where they once were? Primarily concerned about the spaces where the large holes are left by the removed plank and the texture of the ceiling. I am likely going to have a Sheetrock person do the work here, but just looking to see if its possible to repair without having to scrap and re-texture the ceiling.
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Yes it's possible. But finding the qualified and capable guy to do it will be the trick. Probably best to just scrape it and respray it.

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Hiring someone to do the Sheetrock work will largely depend on how much work I need to have done. I am looking at keeping the costs as low as possible with the rehab work that needs to be done on the house before I can move in, so if the ceiling can't be fixed with a patch and small amount of re-texturing work (without re-texturing the whole ceiling) then I'll probably replace the board for now and worry about fixing up the ceiling later when I have more sheetrock work to do.

Is it a lot of work to scrap the ceiling? Like if I were to do this part as the homeowner and have a sheetrock guy come in and do the patch work and re-texture the ceiling. I am sure its a messy job to scrap the ceiling, but now would be the perfect time as there is no carpet or floor coverings anywhere in the house.
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Depends upon what's up there. Try a small area to see the difficulty.
Also, it won't hurt to see what a D/W guy will charge you for the whole job. It would be a shame to scrape the whole ceiling yourself, only to find that a contractor might have charged you only a relatively small price more to include it in their job.
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Depends upon what's up there. Try a small area to see the difficulty.
Also, it won't hurt to see what a D/W guy will charge you for the whole job. It would be a shame to scrape the whole ceiling yourself, only to find that a contractor might have charged you only a relatively small price more to include it in their job.
True, scraping the ceiling would not exactly be a fun job (especially if a drywall guy can do it for a relatively low cost like you say). My offer still needs to be accepted yet before I can really do anything or go any further. But this information will be good to know either way. Trying to be well educated prior to closing to make the process on my end as smooth as possible and trying to eliminate any major surprises. Ideally I would have a drywall guy just do the patches and repair and only re-texture the patched areas, rather than re-texture the whole ceiling. I just wasn't sure if that was even a possibilty with the small patches of texture to blend it with the rest of the ceiling and then just paint the ceiling after the drywall patch/texturing is done.
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It CAN be patched and the spray "blended" in IF the same spray is available. There used to be a course, medium, and fine spray. About all you can find now is fine. Can't really tell from the picture what you have. Then the problem you have is the new spray will be much whiter than the old. The whole ceiling will need to be painted. The best way will be to spray it which is going to be more costly than rolling due to the amount of prep for overspray. The good thing is it will be easier since the place is unoccupied and no furniture to work around. I'd make a call or two and get estimates. Be sure to get references......
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looks to me like he used hollow 'beams' to cover sheet seams. it's what they did in my living room too. and it looks like at least 4 'fell off' or were removed judging from the patterns on the walls. don't you like the look? seems to me it'd be easier to replace/repair rather than remove? if not, be sure to check the seams for tape and mud, it might not be there! (some of us will do ANYthing to get out of taping and mudding ceilings...hehehehe)

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Thanks for the replies! I wouldn't have a problem with re-painting the ceiling, kinda figured that was going to have to happen if I took all that wood crap down. As far as prepping for spraying the ceiling, most of the windows and stuff are already tapped off with plastic sheets and there is no flooring, so its even easier. The previous owners had been in the process of rehabing the house and I believe all the walls have a fresh coat of paint on them already.

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looks to me like he used hollow 'beams' to cover sheet seams. it's what they did in my living room too. and it looks like at least 4 'fell off' or were removed judging from the patterns on the walls. don't you like the look? seems to me it'd be easier to replace/repair rather than remove? if not, be sure to check the seams for tape and mud, it might not be there! (some of us will do ANYthing to get out of taping and mudding ceilings...hehehehe)

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I think the seams are actually tapped, I think this wood stuff was added on after the fact and no I don't like the look. I'd rather remove it all and be done with it.

Still waiting to hear back on the offer status right now.

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You're halfway prepped then. Sounds like a day to take the rest of the wood down, repair holes, and spray texture. Another day (at most) to shoot the ceiling with paint.
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looks to me like he used hollow 'beams' to cover sheet seams. DM
I just noticed this and looking back at the pictures that would make a lot of sense. I just assumed there were plain boards up there, but now after you said that its very possible thats what was up there. There is a beam sorta thing right down the center of the living room and the side boards don't even meet up with the center beam.

I think probably what happend is the people working on this house before me decided to take that crap down too and didn't know how the boards were attached and pulled the one down, realized it was anchored in place and for what ever reason stopped.

Waiting on the response for the offer is just killing me, haha....
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i know, even waiting to close on this dump was exciting for me too... i knew i'd have my hands full for a few years, but i was still excited...

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