Restoration & Refurbishment Question

Plasterboard ceiling

A length of ceiling has fallen about 2 inches at its deepest point along its length at the edge of a section and I can see the joist. This is gradually getting longer.I would like repair it temporarily to stop it falling any further.
I am disabled so there is not an awful lot that I can do. I was hoping that I could screw it back onto the joist.
The section discoloured and went black.
I realise that in the long run I will have to get it permanently repaired but for the time being a temporary repair hopefully will suffice.


2 Answers

Hi David, if its gone black it may be damp and just break apart when you touch it. Wear a mask and eye protection. Obtain some dry wall screws from your local merchants. Then screw it back up only sinking the screws level with the surface of the plasterboard 8-10 inches apart along the joists. Get screws that are at least double the thickness of the board to be put up for now.

Answered 19th Jun 2012

PB Design & Build

Member since 9 Feb 2009


It sounds like there is a leak above the ceiling and water has stained it - the mould is an indication - when Plasterboard gets wet it also sags - I suggest you get the area checked out for leaks before doing any repairs


Answered 19th Jun 2012


Member since 23 May 2012

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