Ceiling repair/patch

chuehJanuary 8, 2010

We have a leak from the roof. The ceiling in the kitchen has slight water mark and a few ceiling plaster pieces flaked off. Overall, it does not look too bad at all.

A contractor said that he would charge me $100 to repair the ceiling. Since our adjuster came and decided that the insurance is not going to pay anything at all, we have to pay everything out of packet.

I did ceiling patch successfully before with a 10" hole on popcorn ceiling. I am sure I can do this myself again, especially it looks a lot simpler than the hole before. However, I am just concerned if I have the tools or if all the materials I need are sold at home improvement stores. We don't have a popcorn ceiling. The popcorn ceiling sprayer was easy to be used, and the dots were so random. Now we have the ceilings that are patterned like burst out stars.

1. Is there a product/sprayer like that in the store I can buy that has the same pre-designed pattern?

2. Should I scrap the part that has watermark off?

3. I should use the drywall tape which looks like loosely woven cloth to tape it on the ceiling first, right? Then, apply the plaster sprayer, if there is the same patterned plaster sprayer? Or do I just mix plaster and wish myself luck to create the pattern?

4. If the latter, what exactly should I get for the plaster part?

5. Is it worth all these to do it myself buying the materials, or is it better off to let the pro do it with $100? I don't mind the labor myself. I am trying to compare the materials. Since I am not a pro, I would not have the stock for materials. I would have to buy everything new.


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For $100.00, I'd go pro as that sounds way too reasonable. You might want to check this persons references first. For a saw buck, it's not worth the headaches, tool purchases for you to d.i.y. Make sure, in writing, that this person will back their work if it doesn't match up to your satisfaction. Matching textures is more involved than it seems to make a decent repair look like it never happened. Depends on your expectations!

    Bookmark   January 9, 2010 at 10:01AM
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There are some good products that can be used on all kinds of woods as far as Wood Filler and Floor Patch goes. Check out these links for some good putties and such.

Here is a link that might be useful: Floor Patches

    Bookmark   January 19, 2010 at 2:45PM
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