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Old 03-12-2013, 02:40 PM   #1
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I have an open attic with insulation between the joists. In one room downstairs the paint is peeling only along one side of the room exactly where the joist is. The ceiling is not wet. What gives

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Got a picture?
Sure it's not the drywall tape that's failing?

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That is a hard one, I have the same issue and could never figure it out. No leak, proper insulation and roof venting.
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What do you mean by "exactly where the joist is" A joist usually runs the entire width of the room. This is a distinct area somewhere toward the middle of the room, is it not?

Is this a plaster ceiling?
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Looking at the pic closely, it appears to be a spot that has been repaired before. Really check to make sure this isn't a moisture problem. Is there a bathroom above that ceiling and a toilet or bathtub leaked? If moisture isn't the culprit, it could be that the paint never bonded properly to the drywall or the joint compound. Perhaps the ceiling had drywall dust on it before it was painted. Maybe it wasn't even primed. These are just guesses of course, but, at least it gives you some direction and you can begin eliminating things that ARE NOT causing the problem until you pinpoint WHAT THE PROBLEM IS.

Oops I re read your post and there is attic space above that spot.......make sure there is not a leak in the roof. Sometimes the water drips down into the insulation and stays damp for long periods of time. The moisture is hardly noticeable but it does make it's way through the insulation an pools on top of the drywall and eventually pops off the paint.

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What do you mean by "exactly where the joist is" A joist usually runs the entire width of the room. This is a distinct area somewhere toward the middle of the room, is it not?

Is this a plaster ceiling?
As you can see it is about the same size as between joists, It is dry wall
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If it is not moisture, it was improper prep and or cheap paint.
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Jeroskid,
Did you just buy the house or has this recently developed? Do you know when the ceiling was last worked on?
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Whatever caused it, you need to solve it.

I would scrape the loose stuff off until I found solid adhesion.
is the exposed surface chalky? looks suspicious. I would then coat that ( before repairs) with Gardz which will penetrate and seal. make sure to lock down the edges with gardz.
Then skim with joint compound, sand smooth, reprime, paint ceiling.

If there is a problem source like moisture- that of course needs to be addressed before any repair can be expected to work.
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There ^ you go.
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Did you just buy the house or has this recently developed? Do you know when the ceiling was last worked on?
This happened over the last 6 months. We have lived here for 30 years and it is not in any other rooms. No ceiling work done at all.
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This happened over the last 6 months. We have lived here for 30 years and it is not in any other rooms. No ceiling work done at all.
It's a roof leak. It could be coming from a peak vent, a nail protruding up through the roof, etc. Leaks are hard to track. Your best bet is to get into that attic during a heavy rain to see where the water is coming in. I know, I know, you would swear there's no way that is the result of a leak, but, I've seen enough of those kinds of spots to GUESS that it's a leak. It's leaking just enough to drip down onto the insulation (if there is any) and the moisture pools in that spot and works it's way into the drywalled ceiling. When you feel that spot, it's dry to the touch I'm sure......but, I truly suspect a leak of some kind......it has to be.....you've eliminated almost every other potential cause.
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It sure sounds like a leak to me too.But there should be a water stain there if it is.

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