Cracks in bedroom ceiling

Hi all,

My mums bedroom ceiling has large cracks approx 2-3mm wide and over 30cm long in the middle of the ceiling (near light fitting). The ceiling looks slightly bowed and when pushing near the cracks the ceiling is moving. She has previously tried filling it and crack came back.

I was going to try and fill it again with easifill, but with the ceiling slightly moving when pushed I'm concerned it will be a bigger job. Does anyone have any advice please? It's a 1930s ex council house with damp issues in past

Asked by Tom on 7th Jan 2024
Expert Trade Answers
"If your calling is moving u should try and screw it to the joist with drywall screws and then filler it if this helps"
Answered on 9th Jan 2024 - Member since Dec 2022 - report
"Hi Tom u will need to remove and re plaster board celing and mesh scrim joint and re plaster"
Answered on 7th Jan 2024 - Member since Nov 2023 - report
"Tape them cracks and then skim the ceiling.
2 coats of multifinish
Answered on 10th Jan 2024 - Member since Apr 2023 - report
"You will need to replace the sheets of plasterboard and then plaster or tape that part of the ceiling."
Answered on 10th Jan 2024 - Member since Oct 2023 - report
"Sounds like lath and plaster given way and if artex be aware that the old stuff had asbestos in it"
Answered on 7th Jan 2024 - Member since Aug 2020 - report
"Sounds very much like a lathe and plaster ceiling, the best solution would be to over board with new plasterboard and re plaster"
Answered on 7th Jan 2024 - Member since Nov 2023 - report
"you need to replace the ceiling with new plasterboard then this will need to be plastered afterwards. the problem is because the old is holding water which will keep causing cracks to appear through with small repairs"
Answered on 11th Jan 2024 - Member since Dec 2023 - report
"Sound like the board needs nailing/screwing back up, you might be lucky and the original boars will screw up fine. You might replace some of the board, neither would be a very big job"
Answered on 18th Jan 2024 - Member since Mar 2023 - report
"You will need to replace the plasterboard and skim the ceiling"
Answered on 11th Jan 2024 - Member since Nov 2023 - report
"The plasterboard on old ceilings like this and are fixed to the joist with clout nails. Over time these deteriorate. Weather it’s to do with movement or weight above, there’s 2 ways to fix this type of crack. Reboard the ceiling or find the nearest joist to the crack and screw the boards back to the joist."
Answered on 12th Jan 2024 - Member since Jan 2024 - report
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