Repairing a cracked ceiling in drywall will require basic carpentry skills, and one simple method involves clearing the old patches and tape; screwing the drywall up the attic blocks for support, applying a setting-type joint compound (mud) and applying the finish. This project should take several hours and will require tools such as the 5-in-1 tool, sandpaper, sponge, ladder and eye protection.Continue Reading
The following shows one method of repairing a cracked ceiling in drywall.
p>Remove any loose material along the cracked area such as old tape and drywall. Lay down a drop cloth or old newspapers in the area for easier clean up later.
Using drywall screws, secure the ceiling drywall to the wooden attic support blocks.
Widen the crack by gouging out along the gap. Use the 5-in-1 tool to make the job easier. The wider gap will allow the joint compound to adhere better to the drywall.
Use a single strip of drywall tape to tape up the damaged area.
Apply the joint compound on along the taped crack. Force the mud into the tape and on the crack. Smooth down the mud with a damp sponge. Use a more abrasive sponge to smooth down any lumps.
Sand the whole patched up surface particularly the edges to blend it with the surrounding surface. Touch up the area with paint to match the surface.
To repair ceiling plaster, the loose plaster must be reattached to the wood laths by boring holes through the plaster and using an adhesive. Some sections of the loose plaster may be too loose and beyond repair. These sections have to be cut away and new plaster applied.Full Answer >
To correctly tape drywall, limit the number of seams, use self-adhesive mesh tape, avoid overlapping, and use corner protectors instead of tape on the corners. Correctly mudding drywall involves patiently applying it in three or four coats, using premixed joint compound of the right consistency and applying it with the appropriate taping knife.Full Answer >
To build a soffit, first gather the necessary materials and tools, including measuring tape, drywall, lumber, a screw gun and a circular saw. Then, decide what size soffit to build, then measure and mark this on the wall. Then, cut the lumber to construct ceiling plates, wall plates and a box frame. Install the plates and box frame to the wall studs with framing nails. Cut the drywall to fit the frame, and attach it with drywall screws.Full Answer >
An easy way to fix very small holes in drywall is to fill them with spackling or drywall compound. Holes larger than 1/2 inch in diameter require using a piece of drywall along with joint compound for repairs. Fill small cracks with caulk, which stretches and prevents the cracks from returning.Full Answer >