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How to Repair a Ceiling Crack

By: Danny Lipford
Using selfadhesive fiberglass mesh tape to repair a ceiling crack.

Using selfadhesive fiberglass mesh tape to repair a ceiling crack.

Cracks in ceilings are caused mostly by settling of the house and the expansion and contraction created during that settling.

To repair a crack in a ceiling:

  1. Score the crack with a utility knife to remove any loose plaster or other material that may be inside the crack.
  2. Use mesh tape to cover the crack. This will allow the mud to bond directly to the plaster which will make the repair stronger.
  3. If your ceiling is drywall, you may have to add some screws to hold the two halves in place and make the crack even on both sides.
  4. Apply joint compound over the taped crack.
  5. Once the joint compound is dry, sand the ceiling smooth.
  6. Prime and paint the ceiling.

Read our article on How to Repair Cracks in a Drywall Ceiling to find out more.



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  • Pamela Sharpe Says:
    January 13th, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Hello, I am so thankful for finding a cheaper way to fix my ceiling. I would love to receive a quote on how much the material might cost.

  • Bruce Says:
    January 12th, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    How to repair cracks in popcorn ceiling.

  • Diane Says:
    October 8th, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Will this work for a side by side mobile home.
    Someone told me you have to rip part of the ceiling out and brace it and then fix it.
    It is not where any seams where the house was put together.


  • Tank's Nurse Says:
    September 24th, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Thank you for the great video, I tried numerous times fixing the crack in my ceiling and it would “recrack” my patient does home repairs and told me how to use the tape and mud but I came here just to make sure so I won’t have to redo it in another six months!

  • Michael Grech Says:
    August 4th, 2017 at 11:26 am

    hi ,
    i am gypsum installer here in Malta and i have a problem in here when i make false ceilings sometimes altough i make mash tape the short side of the board(120cm side) the crack still comes out! can you tell me what is the reason of this and what you do for repairing it?

  • Barb Says:
    March 22nd, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    We have repaired a leak on our ceiling, now we need to know how to do the finish so that it will match the rest of the ceiling. It is not as thick as Popcorn but it does has some form of light textured finish.

  • Official Comment:

    Lindsay Hughes Says:
    February 8th, 2017 at 3:19 pm

  • Gary M Says:
    February 2nd, 2017 at 7:56 am

    RE: How to Repair a Ceiling Crack… Step 2: How to Repair a Ceiling Crack in a Popcorn Ceiling and have it blend in! (PLEASE?)

  • Ruth Wicks Says:
    February 1st, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    How can I hire Mr. Mark to repair two places in my ceilings?

  • Tim Says:
    February 1st, 2017 at 11:08 am

    We’ve got a lot of plaster ceilings up north. After you patch the ceiling, you need to use an oil-based primer before painting, or the joint compound will bleed through and won’t blend correctly with the plaster. Of course, Danny knows that, but viewers and readers may not.

  • Jayna Mestayer Says:
    January 8th, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Roof & ceiling repair procedure & recommendations?

  • sorubarani Says:
    April 9th, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Need advice to repair ceiling crack in my house. Pls suggest experts to repair ceiling cracks.

  • Gwen Says:
    January 13th, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Will this procedure work on a double wide mobile home ceiling. It is not panels but all one ceiling – the rough material – pebbly like. Thanks

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How to Repair a Ceiling Crack