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Old 03-08-2011, 12:07 PM   #1
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Hello!

We have 1966 ranch that we added new kitchen addition to last year. Barely matched old to new where ceilings met, but was pretty proud of end result - even previous owners liked it! Now, six months later the old ceiling that sagged (note: always has says prev. owners) is pulling away from the new construction.

Pop did the drywall and Mom did the taping and mudding, but never did old to new before...

FYI: crack is a 90* angle with kitchen cabinets covering edge of seam, now crack... think that old was drywall and plaster, but not sure (new was drywall plaster and mesh tape)

Also seam has been painted and had popcorn (UGG!) added to match existing ceiling...

Any help would be appreciated.... really
thanks
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Old 03-08-2011, 01:26 PM   #2
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Several possible reasons----First is the mesh tape---Paper tape would have floated over the joint and been far less likely to crack.

Did you pack the joint with Durrabond (powdered bag mix) first before taping?

Durrabond is very hard and helps with a transition like that.

Did you use a bedding compound? Green top(Multi purpose) to bed the tape? It is much harded and stickier than the 'topping' compound (blue lid--light weight)

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thank you so much for answering!

okay..
we did use mesh tape and not paper tape.
we did not use either durabond or bedding compound...
now what do we do??
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That popcorn will cause you problems---The fix is easy enough---paper tape set in green top--finished with a last coat of blue top--

But that's going to make a mess of the nice texture work---Sorry---Mike---
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thank you mike!
now we have something we can try!!

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Sadly,most people don't know why there are so many types of mud---until something goes wrong.
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Again, thank you!


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