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ceilings in old house

i have moved into an old house, the ceilings have been walpapered and painted over. they are now beginning to come apart. what can i do, why would they have been wallpapered in the first place - any advice much appreciated

Re: ceilings in old house

How old is the house ?
What material is the paper applied over ?

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There are several products to remove wall paper that are very good. This is a time consuming task, but the payoff is great. After removal, I would suggest painting or put up drywall on the ceiling and paint. If you have considered pulling down the ceiling, check for asbestos, BEFORE anything is done.
I hope this helps.

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good advice above.

Let me add: if you can't remove the wallpaper or if you find asbestos to be present, you can: (1) Apply new thinner drywall using 2" drywall screws into the joists. (2) Skim coat the existing ceiling.

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If you do have to do repair work to the ceiling surface such as new drywall, this is a great time for new wiring and insulation.

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The papered ceilings were either someone's idea of aesthetic excellence, or more likely used to cover nasties like cracks or bad plaster patches. Dig, discover, and fix properly- that's the way old houses go and surprises are normal with them :rolleyes: Old house projects should have a 25% or more fiscal buffer built into the expected cost because you never know what you're going to find once you get into things.

And unless the ceilings were really good, I would either overlay with 3/8" sheetrock or if the plaster was unsound, remove it and replace with 1/2" or 5/8" sheetrock, doing all the other work the old house needs while it's opened up and (relatively) easy.


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