Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
Well, I’ve made a huge mess. I decided that before I spend hours of my time finishing up the walls in the music room and hammering in another 2000 nailheads, I needed to remove the polystyrene ceiling tiles and see what needed to be done to the ceiling. After all, if the ceiling needs to be redrywalled, I’m taking a huge chance on my walls getting messed up during the demolition of the ceiling.
So I started removing the polystyrene tiles. The drywall was actually looking like it was in pretty decent shape under that layer of styrofoam and the 20+ 1 x 4’s that were nailed into the ceiling joists through the drywall.
I actually started getting hopeful that if I could carefully remove the 1×4’s, I could perhaps salvage this drywall and save myself a huge headache.
And then I hit the mess. First I uncovered a pretty large crack in the drywall. I was still hopeful that it could be repaired with some drywall tape and mud, or perhaps with even cutting out just that one section and replacing it with new drywall.
And then I uncovered a major problem. Right before we bought the house, I went over on a rainy day and discovered that there was a pretty serious leak in the roof, and water was pouring through the ceiling around this vent. Thank goodness I went over on a rainy day, or we never would have known about it until the next storm came through! Because of that leak, we were able to negotiate a new roof as part of the purchase before we moved in. But that leak left the drywall in a moldy, crumbly mess in that area. Those 1 x 4’s nailed into the joists are literally holding up the crumbling drywall.
This is really so frustrating to me. I mean, I pretty much knew I should expect some drywall damage from the leak, so that’s not a real shock. What’s so immensely frustrating to me is that the ceilings were covered up with styrofoam in the first place, hiding any past and new issues that may crop up.
I have to admit, of all of the stuff done to this house before I got my hands on it, these ceiling tiles (and the 1 x 4’s that they’re stapled to, and that are nailed into the ceiling joists) upset me the most.
Every time I even think about them, I just want to scream,
Ugh…Seriously, I’m getting upset right now even just writing about it. *Sigh* I mean honestly, why would someone do this to the ceilings in an entire house? What purpose do these tiles even serve? I can’t even imagine that they were installed for the purpose of insulation, because it would have been SO.MUCH.EASIER (as in, literally WAY less labor intensive) to just put new insulation it the attic.
Which makes me think that their sole purpose was to cover up issues with the drywall on the ceiling. In which case, again, I have to ask,
With the cost of all of the lumber that was used to do this (1×4’s nailed into the ceiling joists every 12 inches all the way across every room), there’s just no way that this was less labor intensive or less expensive than actually repairing or even replacing the drywall. And it was done in every single room of the original part of the house with the exception of Matt’s game room, which has paneling on the ceiling. It was in the kitchen and the hallway, both of which have now been redrywalled. And it’s still in the music room, entryway, living room, hallway bathroom, my office, and our bedroom.
It just makes no sense. None at all. And it makes me prickly to think about it and to have to deal with it. And unfortunately, any drywall that I uncover that’s actually still in good shape gets completely ruined by removing the 1 x 4’s, which are nailed to the joists with 3-inch construction nails.
It’s such a mess. Such a big, huge mess, and a major pain in my butt.
On top of that, I can’t seem to find any drywall people who will not only give me a decent price (because I’m NOT paying $2000 per room!), but who also have time in their schedule to get stuff done in the next month. I had an appointment with one company that was supposed to come and give me an estimate for the breakfast room over three weeks ago. They stood me up. So when I uncovered this mess, I frantically called the other drywall guy (the one I met in the Home Depot parking lot, and who told me that from the dimensions I gave him, the breakfast room would cost about $500). He came over right away and gave me some estimates, but his new estimates were WAY higher than he originally told me. Just for the breakfast room ceiling, he wants to charge me $650. Just for the ceiling! And for the music room ceiling…$450. And for the living room and entryway ceiling…$600. Again, just for the ceilings!!! But even if I were okay with the prices, he still wouldn’t be able to do it until next month because he’s so busy.
EDIT: I should mention that those prices he quoted me were just for labor. I’d have to purchase the supplies on top of that. In addition, his prices don’t include bagging up and hauling away the old drywall and debris. I’d have to do that myself. 🙁
I’m just so irritated right now. It looks like I’ll probably be doing drywall myself. My brother said he’ll come help me with the music room ceiling, but that still doesn’t make me excited about doing it. I really hate doing drywall.
Anyway, happy Kristi should be back tomorrow. She’s just taking the day off today. 🙂
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