Sun. Apr 18th, 2021



This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to permanently patch a damaged ceiling. (See below for a shopping list and tools.) SUBSCRIBE to This …

By Ronnie

31 thoughts on “How to Repair a Cracked Drywall Ceiling | This Old House”
  1. OMG. It would have been easier to cut it out and put in a patch. Especially with those cross straps above. And who has all the extra lumber laying around to make the jig, etc. I love some of these videos but others leave me SMH🤦🏻‍♂️

  2. This looks like it is much more time, tools, supplies, money, and expense than necessary if you were to just cut out the damaged drywall and replace it.
    If you're going to solve a simple drywall patch with a convoluted custom made jig, glue, plywood sheets, etc… Then at least explain why you aren't doing it the simple/cheap/normal way.

  3. Great job. A good handyman understands that there is always a right way to fix something for a job. Clearly here are other methods. But he understood the positioning of the damage and applied his experience and took the approach he thought was correct for that situation.

  4. A friend had a water leak that damaged the drywall ceiling in her kitchen. It got into a joint and ran along it, so I had to tear out about eight feet of joint tape and re-do it. Nine-foot ceilings, and part of the damage was above her very large refrigerator & cabinets, all but impossible to reach from the ladder… so I did that part of the job sitting on top of her fridge. I never worked on a ceiling while sitting down before. 😁

  5. So maybe a rookie question, byt why wouldn't you just cut out the damaged area in a square, measure and cut a piece of drywall to match up and then tape, mud and paint?

  6. Lesson in procrastination. Why do today what you can postpone until tomorrow? Start a project AND finish the project. Get your projects (attic) done.

  7. You have got to be kidding me. In the first place, that is not skip trowel texture. By the time it took him to cut the plywood, drill the holes then cut more plywood you could have cut out the damage, put in a new piece of drywall, tape and texture it and been done before he got his plywood cut.

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