Ceiling feels like cardboard

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Old 09-28-16, 04:05 PM
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Ceiling feels like cardboard

Hi all,

I have a 1960s two story house and in the first floor ceiling, I noticed a little crack on the ceiling. I touched it and it felt like card board. It felt pretty thin and was not heavy like a drywall. It was not wet or does not have stain. There should be no water pipe near it to on the second floor.

I noticed that the ceiling was covered with what feels like a thick paper or cardboard about 1 square feet around the crack. The crack is about half inch and it was very thin.

My instinct is that previous owner had a patch to fill on the ceiling and instead of using the drywall, he patched with some thin substitute material. Can anyone guess what it might be? I think I can poke it if I try. I left in a hurry, so I didn't had time for a photo.

Thank you all in advance.
 
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Old 09-28-16, 04:10 PM
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I think a pic will be necessary. And most likely you will need to poke,that and see what happens.
 
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Old 09-28-16, 04:12 PM
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Welcome to the forums! We are flying blind, so is there any way you could return and post a couple of pictures of what you have, we can see what you see? It could possibly be a hit and run repair, and will fail shortly.
 
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Old 09-28-16, 04:21 PM
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Anyone's guess without at least a picture, we do not even have a clue what part of the world your in with no location in your profile.
Press board, masonite?
Any I've worked on like (drill a hole in it and it looks like ground up cardboard) that we ended up going over it with 5/8 drill using 3" screws and never had another issue.
 
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joecaption,
A 5/8 drill should have plenty of torque to drive 3" screws, but who is man enough to handle the drill?:
 
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Oh poop, I meant 5/8 sheetrock, but I guess you already knew that.
 
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Old 09-29-16, 03:20 PM
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I have some ideas but a picture or two with good resolution and contrast would sure help. Is the house well constructed and good quality elsewhere? Do you know if you have plaster or drywall?
 
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