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  1. #1
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    Default Replace Ceilings

    We recently had a structural failure occur in our Living-Dining Room. The ceiling fell . The problem as far as we can tell was purely structural. No water or other obvious problems. The nails looked like they just pulled free from the studs over time. We could not see any dicerning issue in the ceiling only heard the ceiling creaking/popping that evening until it fell. As though the weight of the Rocklath, plaster, drywall was too much, if a few nails came free the structure was no longer being supported by the nails. Our house was built in the early 1930's not of 2x4's but of steal studs & I-Beams. See attached photos. The ceiling is constructed just as our walls are, drywall, rocklath then a skimcoat of plaster then paint ontop. ? - Should we insulate the ceilings before we put new drywall up? Above the living room is a finished upstairs bedroom/closet. Above the Diningroom is a rubberized Flat roof. I think we should at least insulate the Diningroom ceiling if nothing else.
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    Default Re: Replace Ceilings

    Howdy, insulating above the flat roof will stop the huge loss of heat out of the home an reduce the huge heat radiating threw the attic space into the living room in the summer. Is in the picture that a pex water line in the joist bay?

    If so then you need to insulate above it to keep it from potential freeze damage... I know spray foam is $$$$ but this would be a great place to have it installed as it has a high r value and greatly reduces air infiltration which freezes pipes....
    Thank goodness noone was injured whrn the ceiling fell.

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    Default Re: Replace Ceilings

    Thanks for the advice. There are now water or ***** lines except that one to the old light in the diningroom. Thats metal romex conduit. One of the items we hope to do is add another light/fan in the Livingroom that will be coordinated with the diningroom fixture. Yeh - it was very good that no-one got hurt and not too many belongings were damaged.

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    Default Re: Replace Ceilings

    Another consideration is the rest of your ceilings. Are they fatigued too? If i understood you did some one add drywall to the old plaster? If so sounds like too few or to short or wrong nails were used. You might want to check your other rooms ceilings too.

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    Smile Re: Replace Ceilings

    Thanks for the advice. much appreciated. Just a followup - Ceiling has been repaired, rest of ceilings in house all check out in order.

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