Wavy drywall seam between sloped wall, ceiling

marisanyNovember 15, 2010

Our attic is being renovated, and this morning I noticed that the seams between the ceiling and the sloped walls look very bad. I took a photo of the worst place. I'm soliciting opinions on whether I should complain to the contractor about it. I'd also like to know what would be involved in fixing it.

I'm thinking it will look awful when the sloping wall is painted blue and the ceiling white.

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brickeyee

Sloppy work.

Have them fix it.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2010 at 5:20PM
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juliekcmo

I agree. Our bedroom was like this when we bought the house 12 years ago. It's getting worse now, as the tape is coming away from the wall board. But the thought of the mess involved with fixing it properly is so overwhelming that I am betting it will be done in the year 2050 when I go to the rest home!

Speak now, or forever hold you peace.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2010 at 7:36PM
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joed

It's a function of a poor tape job. The tapers should have been able to keep a straight line. The fix is more mud to get it straight. They should not need to remove the drywall to fix this.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 9:03AM
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brickeyee

"It's a function of a poor tape job. The tapers should have been able to keep a straight line. The fix is more mud to get it straight. They should not need to remove the drywall to fix this."

Tis depends entirely on WHY the bulge is there.
If it is form a roof rafter that is not even it is liable to take removal of the drywall, some trimming of the offending rafter, and then a new drywall over the area.

The underside of roof rafters is NOT a good substrate for plaster or drywall.
The loading flex limits are often large enough to allow cracking to occur.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 9:47AM
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marisany

I'll talk to the contractor about it. On the old house forum, I was told that the issue is the old framing, and that without re-framing I cannot expect a straight line.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 12:24PM
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brickeyee

"I was told that the issue is the old framing, and that without re-framing I cannot expect a straight line."

Or a contractor who knows when strapping is required.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 4:30PM
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juliekcmo

BTW-your window is just beautiful!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2010 at 10:50PM
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Billl

You might have misunderstood in the cross post. You don't need to reframe the whole roof. You do need to create a nailing surface for the drywall that is relatively straight. Since drywall is the same thickness across the sheet, if you put it over a wavy surface, you get wavy drywall.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2010 at 12:07PM
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mongoct

If you don't get it remudded, just have the painters paint in a straight line instead of following the wavy angle. It'll disappear a bit.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2010 at 2:39PM
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drywall_diy_guy

This is a common problem when taping wide angles using ordinary paper tape. But it is very noticeable! To fix this you (or someone) will have to remove the tape they put on. Then you (or someone) retape using a rigid continuous tape product like Straitflex. See site below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Taping Wide Angles

    Bookmark   November 23, 2010 at 7:19PM
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uniberp

Maybe have a talented plasterer put in a curved cove instead.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2010 at 12:12PM
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