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Sand Sheetrock Ceilings: How to Get the Best Results

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You may be tired of your popcorn ceiling. If so, it is time to consider sanding off the ceiling. This can be an easy, inexpensive and simple way to update the look of your home. Before you start, however, there are some things you should keep in mind. You will complete the project safely and quickly if you have the right tools.

First, you will require the proper tools to remove the texture from the ceiling. Your ceiling's texture will dictate the type of grit that you choose. You should use coarser grit when painting popcorn. If you are working with a dark texture, you might want to use a finer grade of sanding.

You'll then need a scraper, or putty knife to get rid of any softened texture. Next, use a drywall tool or pole sander to remove any remaining texture. Sanding a texture ceiling can create a mess so you should wear shoes covers or a dust mask to prevent from breathing in harmful fumes and dust.

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After sanding off the popcorn texture you can apply joint compound. Joint compound is used to smooth walls and ceilings after sanding and can be applied in thin coats. The joint compound should dry for approximately 45 minutes. You should then lightly sand the surface with 220-grit sandpaper before applying two to three additional coats.

You can also apply a comb texture. This subtle accent can add style to your room. Usually, a half-fan comb is used. You will need a toothed towel to apply this texture. When you do, you'll want to be careful to avoid the areas with high points.

You need to check if your ceiling contains asbestos before you decide to sand the texture. To stop dust getting into the air registers, you will need to cover them with plastic. Also, make sure you inspect the ceiling for any mold.

A staging unit can be rented from a home centre if you want to sand the ceiling texture. These units can help you to reach the ceiling easily and are generally easy to maneuver. You can also find many other tools that will help you.

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Another option is to contact a company that can remove acoustic ceiling texture. They are easily found through the internet or by contacting friends and family. They will provide a price quote that includes labor and materials, along with any applicable sales taxes. You may be able to complete the job yourself depending on your budget. Hiring a professional can save you both time and energy as well as a lot of work.

After the ceiling has been stripped of its texture, you are able to paint it flat white. You may need to apply primer and paint several times before you can cover it fully.


What can I do to save money on my home's renovation?

It is possible to save money by doing the work yourself. Reduce the number and frequency of people you hire for the renovation. You might also look for ways to decrease the cost and use of materials in the renovation.

Do I need an architect/builder?

You may find it easier to hire someone else to complete your renovations if you own the home. But if your goal is to buy a house, hiring an architect/builder will ensure that you get the home you desire.

How do I start a renovation of a house?

You must first clear out the clutter outside and inside your home. You will need to clean out all moldy areas and repair any leaky pipes. Finally, you'll need to repaint the interior. Finally, you need to clean off the exterior surfaces and apply fresh paint.

Do you prefer to hire a general contractor, or a subcontractor for your project?

A general contractor will usually cost more than a subcontractor. General contractors often have many employees and charge clients high labor costs. On the other hand, a subcontractor only hires one employee, so he or she charges less per hour.


  • They'll usually lend up to 90% of your home's "as-completed" value, but no more than $424,100 in most locales or $636,150 in high-cost areas. (kiplinger.com)
  • On jumbo loans of more than $636,150, you'll be able to borrow up to 80% of the home's completed value. (kiplinger.com)
  • According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry's 2019 remodeling impact report , realtors estimate that homeowners can recover 59% of the cost of a complete kitchen renovation if they sell their home. (bhg.com)
  • The average fixed rate for a home-equity loan was recently 5.27%, and the average variable rate for a HELOC was 5.49%, according to Bankrate.com. (kiplinger.com)
  • Most lenders will lend you up to 75% or 80% of the appraised value of your home, but some will go higher. (kiplinger.com)

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How To

How do you plan a complete home remodel?

Planning a home remodel takes planning and research. Before you start your project, here are some things to keep in mind. The first thing you need to decide is what kind of home improvement you want to make. You can choose from a variety of categories, such as kitchen or bathroom, bedroom, living space, or living room. Once you have decided which category you wish to work in, you will need to determine how much money you have to spend on your project. If you have never worked on homes, it is best to budget at most $5,000 per room. You might be able get away with less if you have previous experience.

Once you have established how much you are able to afford, you will have to decide on how big a job to do. For example, if you only have enough money for a small kitchen remodel, you won't be able to add a new flooring surface, install a new countertop, or even paint the walls. On the other hand, if you have enough money for a full kitchen renovation, you can probably handle just about anything.

Next, find a contractor who is skilled in the type and scope of work you wish to undertake. This will guarantee quality results, and it will save you time later. You should begin gathering materials and supplies after you've found a competent contractor. You may need to purchase everything from scratch depending on the size and scope of your project. However, there are plenty of stores that sell pre-made items so you shouldn't have too much trouble finding everything you need.

After you've gathered all the supplies you need, it's time to begin making plans. You will first need to sketch out an outline of the areas you plan to place appliances and furniture. Next, plan the layout. It is important to allow for electrical and plumbing outlets. Visitors will be able to easily reach the areas that are most frequently used near the front doors. Last, choose the colors and finishes that you want to finish your design. To save money and keep your budget low, you should stick to neutral tones.

Now it's time for you to start building. Before you start building, check your local codes. Some cities require permits while others allow homeowners to build without one. First, remove all walls and floors. The next step is to lay plywood sheets on your new flooring. Then, you'll nail or screw together pieces of wood to form the frame for your cabinets. Finally, attach doors and windows.

There are some final touches that you will need to make after you are done. You will likely need to cover exposed wires and pipes. Plastic sheeting and tape are used to cover exposed wires. Mirrors and pictures can also be hung. Just remember to keep your work area clean and tidy at all times.

If you follow these steps, you'll end up with a beautiful, functional home that looks great and saves you lots of money. Now that your house renovation plan is in place, you can get started.

Sand Sheetrock Ceilings: How to Get the Best Results