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Ceiling Repair

Most ceilings in modern construction, and even in some historic homes like the one in Galesville, are made from sheetrock, just like the walls.

Most ceilings in modern construction — and even in some historic homes like the one in Galesville — are made from sheetrock, just like the walls. That means that any small holes or cracks, say, no more than two to three inches across, can be fixed using a standard drywall patching kit available at the hardware store. Just follow the instructions on the package. But when the repair job is on the ceiling, some extra steps need to be taken.

  • If possible, check the attic space above the damage for plumbing and electrical lines. You don't want to puncture anything when you're cutting away damaged sheetrock.
  • It's important to replace any damaged or missing insulation above your patch.
  • And textured ceilings are actually harder to fix, because it's difficult to match the old texture.
  • Holes bigger than three inches generally require patching with another piece of drywall. It's possible to do it yourself, but the process is a little involved. You may want to call a handyman or contractor.

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