Artex ceiling crack

Hi, i noticed a crack in my artex ceiling.. I used the ladder to see if the crack moved when I pushed it and it did, a little. It's not a very long crack but I'm just wondering how i can fix it as i want to sell the house and just trying to sort out these cosmetic issues. You could say it's a hairline crack.

Asked by Sana on 25th Nov 2022
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"Hi Sana. If there is movement when you push the artex chances are the artex is loose and the artex would have to be over boarded with plasterboard and then skimmed. The reason why the artex is loose is because the key underneath isn’t good enough to support the artex and also the weight of the artex could be possibly weighing down hence the bouncing. Also underneath it could be distemper which is an old way for painting walls and ceilings it’s very difficult for plaster to stick to distemper."
Answered on 25th Nov 2022 - Member since Aug 2021 - report
"Patching artex regardless how experienced you are will be always noticeable...
Pre grit the entire ceiling put scrim tape on the crack and plaster the ceiling"
Answered on 25th Nov 2022 - Member since Mar 2022 - report
"If your looking on selling the house. The cheapest way to do it is buy a small tub of ready mixed artery ang go over the crack. Very easy to do"
Answered on 2nd Dec 2022 - Member since Nov 2022 - report
"I would find the closest joists to the crack and strengthen ceiling with 60mm drywall screws, then use a decorators caulk for the crack"
Answered on 27th Nov 2022 - Member since Apr 2021 - report
"The best thing to do is slightly open the crack. Apply Pva, fit a fibre tape and apply a slight skim of plaster this can be blended into the existing ceiling. Then re artex the cracked area matching in with the existing.
The ceiling would need painting after"
Answered on 25th Nov 2022 - Member since Dec 2020 - report
"Cheapest way is ready mix filler however to skim over artex is expensive"
Answered on 27th Nov 2022 - Member since Nov 2022 - report
"Just put calk on top of it and rub into the cracks. Smothe it off with a wet bit of rag. If needed , sand it when dry before applying paint"
Answered on 3rd Dec 2022 - Member since Oct 2022 - report
"First of all artex ceilings may contain asbestos, If I was in your situation I wouldn't touch it , before an investigation from a asbestos specialist, asbestos is very dangerous when disturbed, like trying to hack off , scratch it or trying to screew it !
My advice leave it like it is or have it tested before you doo any work ! People will always say plaster over , or plasterboard it and skimm over , but is not safe touching the ceiling if you don't have An asbestos report !"
Answered on 27th Nov 2022 - Member since Jan 2022 - report
"The hair line crack can b cut out using a disk cutter to cut plaster,but not the wattle? S.b.r.area including wood ,replaster with bonding, only re skim, if need blend area with tape and joint filling compound,rub down and paint same finish compound can b used to get blends out ,over boarding only for decaying ceilings ,all water ceilings can b repaired,of u know about the science off plaster"
Answered on 26th Nov 2022 - Member since Feb 2022 - report
"Hi you can put some screw on it and use some filler to fill it than paint it and if its more crack than you can do some skimming and if the ceiling is too old than that have to come off and put new plasterboard and skimm it."
Answered on 27th Nov 2022 - Member since May 2020 - report
"buy some ready mixed polyfilla and fill in the crack and as its drying wipe the excess off with a damp cloth"
Answered on 30th Nov 2022 - Member since Jun 2022 - report
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