Have you ever had water come through the ceiling form either a water leak or a roof leak? Then you know what the ceiling looks like after it is damaged. Sometimes the ceiling is merely water stained while others it can be damaged and the damaged area needs to be replaced.
Here is the way to replace a damaged section of ceiling easily and with minimal cost:
Tools Needed: Sheetrock saw and a sharp razor knife ceiling tape and sheet rock screws.
Step 1: Cut away no more ceiling than one must. Remove small sections at a time until the support beam is revealed. This is usually easy to spot just follow the old screw indentions in the ceiling or use a stud finder.
Make sure when cutting the old sheetrock you take it to the center of the next beam. This can be cut by using the razor knife and some sort of straight edge to guide the knife.
Step 2: One side of the sheet rock will have no beam and one must be added. If the cut is in the middle of the ceiling a beam may have to be added on both ends. Measure the distance between the two beams and cut a piece of 2×4. Attach it with screws to the existing beams. Then bridge it the same way half on the old sheet rock half on the new.
Step 3: Square up the hole and attach the existing sheet rock with screws and secure it.
Step 4: Measure the depth of the sheet rock and purchase the same thickness sheet rock at the hardware store. Sometimes they sell half a sheet of sheet rock this will do for small jobs.
Step 5: Measure the hole in the ceiling and cut the new sheetrock to fit using a razor type cutter.
Step 6: Attach the new piece to the ceiling using sheet rock screws.
Step 7: Apply small amounts of joint compound to the areas needing to be covered and apply the sheet rock tape. After the tape is in position then apply another coat of joint compound using a six inch putty knife or trowel.
Sand the joints when dry and re-apply as needed to get the surface smooth.
Step 8: Paint the ceiling patch to match the rest of the ceiling.
Repairing a section of ceiling is cheaper than repairing the entire ceiling. This is a job that can be done by most anyone and is very easy and cost effective to perform.