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Old 01-21-18, 03:29 PM
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Drywall replacement on radiant heated ceiling drywall

I have (unfortunately) radiant electric heat in my ceiling. The kitchen is getting worse and I haven't turned on the heat in that room since I bought the home in 2016. I know I will have to shut power off and take out the breaker etc for that room.

My question is should I replace the whole ceiling or just the affected part which is all but about a 1-1.5ft strip all the way around the edge. I eventually will redo the kitchen but I'm not in a position to do that yet. Looking for any advice and/or opinions.
 
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Old 01-22-18, 04:24 AM
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I'd just scrape off any loose mud and retape/finish those areas. You shouldn't need to replace the drywall unless it's mushy.
 
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Old 01-24-18, 10:42 AM
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Well the problem is the whole section moves when you push up on it. Sorry....I didn't explain it very well. I can push up on it and make the cracks somewhat go away...the center crack in the pick is where the ceiling is like bowed out/downward.
 
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Old 01-24-18, 12:42 PM
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Are you willing to abandon the electric radiant heat? It sounds like you are since you are not using it anyway. The sagging and cracks indicate there is a good chance the cable is broken anyway. Do you have continuity in the cable? Since you are looking for a temporary fix try this. Use some 2 X 4's in a "T" brace to wedge the ceiling back up to tight against the joists. Find the joists and screw the ceiling back in place. A less attractive but probably more solid solution is to use plaster washers (google this) or fender washers to get more bearing on the ceiling. I think there is a good chance you have plaster ceilings and screws do not hold as well in plaster as they do against the paper in the drywall.
Once this is done see if you have continuity. I think there is a good chance you will cut the heat cable but if not then you can use the heat.
 
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Old 01-26-18, 03:21 PM
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Yea I plan on getting rid of that type of heat all together with heating bills so far since November above 1300. I already took out the breaker to that room since it was sorta like this when I purchased the home. It's gotten considerably worse since October and want to get it fixed.

I would rather just take it all down and just start from scratch. I know it will be a lot of mudding and sanding but I wanna get it done before April because then I have sidewalks to level. In town living sucks when the township makes you fix sidewalks.

Thanks for the help!!!
 
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