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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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How to Repair a Ceiling Crack