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How to repair

Posted by P_Bennett (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 14, 14 at 14:57

Recently moved into a new home that looks like it had some leaking at some point. Sellers said it hadn't leaked in many years, but they apparently didn't want to fix the appearance of it.

I haven't pulled back any of the damage, but I'm assuming this will need new drywall, not just a new coat of paint. The picture actually looks worse than it is, but hopefully it's clear enough.

Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.

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RE: How to repair

Sorry...I can't really tell what I'm looking at. Is this a window opening? Also, that doesn't look like it? Finally, even if they told the truth and it hasn't leaked (at least visibly) in years, you could have old or continuing structural damage inside the wall. This will require some investigation on your part....

RE: How to repair

How to repair????
Just tear out the bad material, replace it then do a nice job finishing it.
My biggest questions would be what caused it and has it been perminatly repaired. That looks like commercial construction judging from wall cavity. Does the building have a flat roof?

RE: How to repair

That looks like some fine old plaster. Make sure the leak has been stopped then give it a skim coat of mud. I'd sure try that before ripping it out and drywalling.

RE: How to repair

I generally agree with you to not make more work than necessary, but it may be hard to confirm there isn't a leak going on internally without at least some modest demo. The last time I dealt with a wall leak, there was little external evidence of damage, but, inside the wall, the studs had literally been turned to mush...I was able to scoop out handfuls of sopped wood pulp and moisture ants using just my hand.

RE: How to repair

I would say do nothing until you know with certainty that it no longer leaks there. Has it rained seen you moved in?

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