Hole in the ceiling

mascan42

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Last night, when my upstairs neighbors were making a shitload of noise, I pounded on the ceiling and I must've chosen the wrong spot to hit, because I punched a hole in the ceiling. I'm not sure how to patch this up, and I really don't want to have to go to my landlady about it.

Maybe the picture will give some idea of what type of patch material I need:

 
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since you have to patch it tear off the paper and take it home depot and say " i need this" ,it looks like a snad texture .....hard to tell
 

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If you want it done right...

-Cut out the entire damaged section of sheetrock with a utility knife. You'll need to remove a large enough section to expose to adjacent joists... so you'll have something to screw into when you install the replacement sheetrock.

-Cut a new section of the same thickness of the original sheetrock to more or less the exact dimensions of the section your removed. Fit the sheetrock into place and secure it to the joists with sheetrock screws.

-Get some textured ceiling plaster which exactly matches the current texture of the ceiling. Slap it up there, making sure to perfectly blend with the rest of the ceiling.

-Paint the entire ceiling... because you'll never match the color if you try to paint just the effected section.

Or...

-Hire a pro and pay him about $300(if you're lucky) to do the job right.

Or...

Cover the hole with duct tape, and kiss your security deposit goodbye come moving day.

The lesson learned...

-Don't bang on the ceiling.
 

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yeah you should be able to buy a wall repair kit, comes with the sheetrock and some mesh with instructions then you'll wanna re-texture, if you can match the texture up you'll only have to texture the repair and then paint the whole ceiling to match
 

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Uhhh...



mascan's problem is more like this...

First, I gave him a link, and I don't care what the can says about using it on just walls. I use that stuff all over and never have any problems.

Second, I don't bother reading any of your posts.
 

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ok if you cant handle the patch forget the rest. if you know what a " califonia patch" is then youre ok, the whole thing will cost ya 30 bills tops w/ paint and additive. if not pay a pro. im a carpenter and i would hit ya for about 50+/- bucks to repair the patch only, patch /tape/ skim coat/sand. then its ready for paint.
 

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Kitner boy is right... do what he says.

I have to do the same thing this weekend. Closing up two crawlspace holes to portions of the attic, which I just had insulated. Blown Teflon coated fiberglass and spray polyurethane foam in other areas that couldn't be blown in. Took the attic to an R-50.
 

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If you want it done right...

-Cut out the entire damaged section of sheetrock with a utility knife. You'll need to remove a large enough section to expose to adjacent joists... so you'll have something to screw into when you install the replacement sheetrock.

-Cut a new section of the same thickness of the original sheetrock to more or less the exact dimensions of the section your removed. Fit the sheetrock into place and secure it to the joists with sheetrock screws.

-Get some textured ceiling plaster which exactly matches the current texture of the ceiling. Slap it up there, making sure to perfectly blend with the rest of the ceiling.

-Paint the entire ceiling... because you'll never match the color if you try to paint just the effected section.

Or...

-Hire a pro and pay him about $300(if you're lucky) to do the job right.

Or...

Cover the hole with duct tape, and kiss your security deposit goodbye come moving day.

The lesson learned...

-Don't bang on the ceiling.
This teh correct answer, but I say fuck it, install a fireman's pole in there.
 

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is that hole incredibly small and you zoomed the camera in? it looks like you have a textured paint almost. i cant tell if thats textured paint or roller marks.

anyway just fill the hole up with plaster of paris. itll dry fast and a large amount of it will stick to a hole like that in the celing without driping out before it dries. make it level no lumps. takes 10min to dry. might have to sand it if your a fuckup. take the broken piece to the hardware store and have them mix you a small touch up quart of paint.

plaster of paris is good enough. you can be professional and use joint compound after it and really get a smooth finish but if this is a small hole paint will fill in the imperfections and no one will really notice.

if the hole is kinda big and your finding that the plaster isnt holding and falling out just stuff the hole with crumpled up newspaper first to give it something to grab onto. small hole wont need that though
 

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Joint compound has worked very well for me in the past. You don't need to perfectly match the texture. Forget spackle.

If the landlord spots the fix, claim it was always there.
 

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Kitner's answer is correct if you want to do it right. I would follow them until the painting and let them repaint it. Either that or pour some water around it and hope that it leaves water stains and then blame a water leak.
 

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a mirror on the ceiling would hide it and you could watch yourself bumpin uglies. win win
 

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i dont know what kind of landlords you guys have but if you were my tenants and you fixed the hole you made id kiss you.

and no you dont lay new sheetrock for what looks like broomstick holes.

if you fix it your cool. your landlord cant deduct damages from your security for something you broke if you had it repaired. no need to lie or deceive. you can go right out and tell them what happened. most landlords will be glad you took care of the problem.
 
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shit if its a broom stick hole just tape the fucker 1 good coat and paint that bitch..........im still at 50 bucks tho, that gets me in the door
 

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Pop a box in and put a recessed light in there. Then when you move out just tell the landlord that the light is broken. ;)
 

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That will absolutely work, but your challenge will be to match the texture of the texture paint to the rest of the ceiling.
That stuff is done by mixing an aggregate with ceiling paint and spraying it on.
Patching is difficult to match, since anything but spraying the same viscosity stuff will look different.
It can be done, though. Keep trying different applicators and different thicknesses of texture paint. Sand and paint might be fine for the texture.

Plan on painting the whole ceiling to blend the result.