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Old 03-08-2010, 05:16 PM   #1
 
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I have a house that is about 7 yrs old. It has vaulted ceilings. I can see the stud shadows through the sheetrock and paint. It almost looks like dirt shadows. What would cause this....some say to much moisture in the house....others say check the insulation...My contracter is out of the country for the next year. What can I do, who do contact to start with?
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Sounds like pattern staining, which is dust gathering on the colder studs inbetween the warmer insulated area.
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It is dirt shadows cause by cold studs. The studs act as a thermal bridge. Moisture condenses on the cold stud and dirt sticks to it.
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yep, I vote for thermal bridging. Your builder must be doing pretty good to take a trip out of the country for a year. I'm lucky to go for a weekend trip up north.
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Do you burn candles in the house? Wood burning stove ? smoke ?

That condition is sometimes called soot staining. People who burn candles experience this.

The 'thermal bridging' that all the others have described is like a magnet to air born soot.

Might just be time to paint.--Mike--
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It is dirt shadows cause by cold studs. The studs act as a thermal bridge. Moisture condenses on the cold stud and dirt sticks to it.
Would caulking the stud bays help the OP with this problem?
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Vaulted cielings just do that----


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Would caulking the stud bays help the OP with this problem?
Soot staining is going to happen on vaulted ceilings due to the colder areas caused by the colder studs(rafters).

It would be impractical to isolate the colder framing from the drywall.

There are ways to pull this off ,of course, but a sensible person would limit the soot in the air or just repaint.

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i have this from my fireplace on my vault rafters but it seems to be leaveing a film over everything. whe you wipe down walls or vanities it comes up black. my house is not that tight does this indicate downdraft problems
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TPOLK--Sounds like you do have a bit of a leakage problem with the stove.

I've been heating a lot with wood for about 8 years--I get some sooting on the vaulted ceiling -but not to bad, I'm over due for a paint job--I don't mind the painting but I hate working on my own house.

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