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Question DetailsAsked on 4/10/2016

Ceiling drywall sheet loose and sagging open 1inch

No water damage. Nails visible, straight split down edge of sheet. Not secured properly. Able to place my finger into the gap between the drywall sheet and touch the backside. About 3 foot of the 8ft piece is open. But the entire seam is apparently not secured properly. Please advise. Very handy Mom of three doesn't want the sky to fall. Thank you in advance, Coleen

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Drywall would be your Search the List category - with the split along the edge that sheet should be replaced unless you mean the "split" is the joint cracking through the tape at the seam with the next sheet. But if it is cracking through the nails/screws, you have nothing to support the sheet on that edge so a new sheet is needed to properly fit the joist spacing.

If just drywall joint cracking, you should be able to put in new screws at the correct spacing - I recommend all new fasteners in new locations, then removing all the old ones so they don't cause popouts. Then joint compound over the old holes and the new fasteners, retape the joint, sand, paint, etc.

Of course, DIY doable if slightly rough knock-down ceiling finish - most people can't get the joints right for a smooth surface, nor get a formal texture correct without a pro.

Temporary support so it does not come down on someone's head - put a scrap of 2x or plywood up under the sheet (use doubled blanket for padding if high-relief or pointed texture job and you will be repairing rather than replacing) then prop that scrap up with a 2x4 cut right length for a tap-in press fit.

Also check, if attic above it, that it is not coming down because of frost in the attic that has thawed and saturated the insulation, making it heavy enough to cause the drywall to break free. If so, then you have attic ventilation/insulation issue to solve as well as the drywall sheet - and maybe others that might be coming loose in that case.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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