November 30, 2015

Home Improvement Tips - Repairing Your Ceiling

Whether you’ve been living in your current home for a few years, you’re doing a favour for a relative or you’ve just moved house and some of the ceilings are in dire needs of repair, repairing a ceiling is not often as complicated as some may think. As a DIY enthusiast you may be considering making the repairs yourself and if so, then this is the article for you. Read on for a comprehensive guide to making sure your ceiling repairs go off without a hitch. 

Tools and Materials You Will Need

Depending on the severity of the damage, you will need a number of different tools and materials. As with any DIY project you will need a pencil and chalk and a tape measure. You will also need a filling knife, a padsaw or plasterboard saw, wooden props for more severe damage, a straight edge and a hammer. Essential materials include masking tape, abrasive paper, packing pieces, plasterboard as well as nails and newspaper to avoid making a mess.

Make sure to consider safety when starting your reparations, particularly as a DIY enthusiast as you are slightly more likely to make a few mistakes in comparison to a professional builder. A dust mask is essential for dealing with plasterboard as well as safety goggles, as you definitely don’t want particles getting in your eyes. A hard hat is also good to make sure you don’t get injured by falling debris. 

Making and Fixing your Ceiling Patch

Start by pulling away all the loose sections of plaster in order to expose the joists. Then tape a sheet of newspaper over the hole and trace around the edge of the whole with your pencil or chalk. This will create a stencil for your patch. Remove the paper and cut around the patch, transferring the stencil onto a sheet of plasterboard. Then cut around this patch and rub any edges with your abrasive paper, leaving a small gap of around 3mm. 

Push the patch into place, using the nails to attach the patch to the joists you previously exposed. Brush PVA solution onto the edges of the patch and then once dry, fill the edges of the patch with a ready mixed filler. Spread a layer of plasterboard joining compound over the joint and attach jointing tape into it. Repeat this last step and then smooth it down with a damp sponge, sanding it smoother once dry.

Finishing Touches – Painting

A paint roller is the best tool to use when painting any ceiling as it provides a clear and even coat. Try to use the roller at a 45 degree angle and apply light pressure, which will give it the best coating. Try to construct a platform that makes it easier to paint the ceiling without having to stretch up, or consider purchasing an extension pole for the rollers. It depends on what works best for you. Use a 25-50mm brush to paint a strip of the paint into the corners onto the walls in order to paint the edges, however if you’re not planning on painting the walls afterwards, you will need to either bed the edges or use a paint shield. 

It is a good idea to wait for the paint to dry before you try cleaning or clearing up and make sure the paint is fully dry before you start furnishing the room. Paint splotches can always be prevented by placing newspaper down on the floor in preparation, but it is a lot harder to get it off of the furniture. Once everything is sorted and you’ve made sure to clean up your mess, you should have a nice new, bright and clean ceiling. Clear up any loose debris and then take a step back and admire your work, well done!

Article provided by BSW BS, experts in the supply, installation, repair and maintenance of boilers and central heating systems in Sussex since 1963.