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Old 07-26-2009, 11:50 AM   #16
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Despite our not knowing how large these chunks are, I think you're on the right track; most often I see these as 4-6 square inch sized imperfections in a ceiling, typically where moisture has gotten behind the last coat of plaster and caused these chunks to fall off. And joint compound is the way we fix them - if they're not too big or too many. But if a smooth overall finish is what you're looking for, a new ceiling made of 4'x8' sheets of half-inch drywall sheets is what is called for.

You have approx a 120 sqft ceiling so that's about four or five sheets at $10 each... You'll need some help screwing those sheets into the ceiling joists with drywall screws. Then tape the joints, sand, prime and paint.

OK sounds easier said than done, but it's not a hard job to do. May take several days while the joint compound dries, but do-able. Finicky work with the flaring of the seams and all, the pros make it look easy - but a good DIY project. You can always get a handyman to help hang the sheets as they weigh about 50lbs each I think...you can rent tools to help too.
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If at all possible, I recommend using the 12' sheets to eliminate the "butt" joints you will have using 8' goods. Those joints are the hardest to finish properly, especially for a DIY'er......
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Old 07-26-2009, 05:44 PM   #18
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Break all joints, edge and end, differently than existing plywood. This may help: http://www.gypsum.org/pdf/GA-216-07.pdf

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