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    Stagger plasterboards on a ceiling and make good


    I have a reoccurring crack on my ceiling from a repair done 2 years ago where plasterboard was replaced halfway across my lounge to a joist in a straight line. I have been advised that the plasterboard should have been staggered to different joists.
    Any advice on how much to take down the existing ceiling, stagger plasterboards and replaster? The room is 2.4m wide at this point and has coving. Any advice is welcomed.

    Asked by Linda on 2nd Dec 2021
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    "I actually don't agree with any of the answers. Back in the day the old lads never staggered their boards. It's done on new builds staggered so it provides a break if it does crack to prevent it going full length of the room. I expect either not enough screws were used...some of the boards didn't hit the timbers when screwed up so In effect they're screwed to a soft ceiling which is causing movement and then probably one coat of plaster over the top so it's not thick enough."

    Answered on 7th Dec 2021 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
    Palmer plastering

    "Yes the plasterboard should have been staggered and something like this will cost you about £150 in materials and about £450 Labour"

    Answered on 6th Dec 2021 - Member since Jun 2021 - report
    Dafydd Williams

    "As it's a repair it can crack as it's not staggered. If the whole ceiling was re-skimed it should have had skrim tape over the new to old. Or if it was patched back in doubt it's been taped so that's why it will crack on that joint."

    Answered on 6th Dec 2021 - Member since Sep 2021 - report
    Las home improvements

    "Yes, agree as below on price as well.
    Overboard if needed if possible or take down and check timbers at extra cist"

    Answered on 6th Dec 2021 - Member since Aug 2021 - report
    The rustic carpentry co

    "Yes, all joints should be staggered to reduce the risk of cracking, cost would depend on length as 2.4m would be a full board."

    Answered on 19th Dec 2021 - Member since Dec 2021 - report
    Lee Roy plastering

    "If the use of scrim tape and surfactant plaster applied there should be no shrinkage crack many thanks lee"

    Answered on 6th Jan 2022 - Member since Sep 2021 - report
    shore property solutions

    "If you have the height, overboard the ceiling with staggered boards . No need to take the existing ceiling down."

    Answered on 6th Dec 2021 - Member since Sep 2020 - report
    D W Plastering Services

    "If you don't want to take it all down get it re-plastered but put an external fibreglass mesh in-between coats that should stop the cracking.

    Otherwise overboard but with it staggered and reskim."

    Answered on 9th Jan 2022 - Member since Dec 2021 - report
    Kat Plastering Ltd

    "The cracking will keep appearing so suggest take old offending boards down stagger the boards and reskim"

    Answered on 6th Dec 2021 - Member since Feb 2020 - report

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