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stranger712 08-14-2010 02:50 PM

Wet, Old Walls
Do I repair or replace wet sheetrock?


I live in a condo building that does have some tuck pointing issues. A few weeks ago, as I was trying to open a window, I made a hole in my wall from merely leaning against it. I have fixed this hole, but now I am noticing that the area around the wall is falling apart. I think it may be due to water damage. It's also a very old building and maybe the drywall just needs to be replaced. I'm very new to DIY, but would love any help so I can resolve this situation! Thanks in advance for any advice.

Ron6519 08-14-2010 04:57 PM

The damaged sheetrock is a result of another issue. Could be roof, windows, brick wall ,etc. Open the wall and remove all the wet material. If this is an exterior issue, you should contact the condo board or whoever is in charge of the common areas and get them involved.

stranger712 08-14-2010 06:57 PM

Thank you for your info. Here are some images of the problem:

I'm not sure how to exactly go about the problem. Perhaps they should fix it, is what I am thinking.

bernieb 08-15-2010 08:46 AM

Many years ago I was a maintenance man for a large apartment complex, and one work order I had was a periodic pounding sound that lasted for approximately 30 minutes, then silence. This building had 11 living units and people were complaining about the noise in the middle of the night. My first thoughts was water hammer, but talking to each family that only knew spanish, was a problem. Acting out the pounding sounds should have got me a "grammy award". Finally heard the noise in a unit, knocked on door ,noise stopped. Four foot six lady with wet hands opens the door. Case solved, she took in washings and was hand washing in bathtub. She started giving me hell that the bedroom walls were pure black with mold and major drywall damage. Clothes lines went wall to wall with hooks in studs. This lady was at least "trying" so I took a pair of 24 inch work pants, beat them on the tub, and shook my head no,no. Then I twisted the pants and said yes,yes. I was ready to quit the job anyway. On night calls I had a toolbox in one hand and a 357 in the other. Ever hear of "Over The Rhine" in Cin.

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