The Thing That Does Not Belong on the Living Room Ceiling

peeling crack in ceiling

This literally appeared overnight. Each of the peeling sides is about 3 inches long.

The thing that does not belong on the lovely, white,  freshly painted for the first time in 10 15 20 years, living room ceiling is a crack. I had just finished admiring the sheen of my clean new kitchen cabinets in the morning light when this caught my eye as I was floating dreamily out of the house.

{sound of a needle scratching a record}

Perhaps it’s a stress crack. Hello! I’m the one who’s at the cracking point, why does my ceiling get to break down first?

Or it could be one of a handful of things.

I called our painter and told him he’d need to stop over and see this. But before I went ballistic on him, I stopped over to visit my buds at the local Benjamin Moore store learn about the potential causes. You may recall that Benjamin Moore is the paint sponsor for Casa de Renovation, and I’ve been spending a lot of time at my local Epco/JC Licht Ben Moore store.

I wasn’t concerned about the Benjamin Moore paint or primer, indeed, our painter told us that we were using “the best.”  I was concerned that this crack looked like something more.

Something bad.

And expensive.

Not that I’m one for drama.

At any rate, I had a friendly informative chat with Benjamin Moore store manager. This in turn, will help me have an informed discussion with our painter and our general contractor. One of the things I really appreciate about our GC is that whenever I approach him with sort of a panicky tone, he always responds with a matter-of-fact, “Okay, let’s check this out” or “”Here’s how I will fix it the way you want.” So let’s hope that’s how this will go.

And the painter has told me he will patch it up at for free.

But I’m concerned that there is a bigger issue with the ceiling. I *might* have heard the walls whisper angrily, “Get out! Get out now!” It’s not like blood spontaneously began dripping down the walls, but as I took a closer look at the areas near the cracked portion, I got a feeling that there is a large issue at play.

Then again, what do I know about any of this? Do you have any ideas?

At least the kitchen looks nice.

6 Responses to The Thing That Does Not Belong on the Living Room Ceiling
  1. ChaosRu
    December 9, 2011 | 10:47 am

    As annoying as that one looks, it seems not so bad to me. Seems a patched or otherwise contaminated area was just not holding on to the new paint. I don’t think a structural problem would make such a small (I know it looks huge to you now) l-shaped thing. You usually see structural or poorly managed seams as long cracks or popping nails. Sanding and re-prime/painting should fix it right up.

    What is above that spot?

    • admin
      December 11, 2011 | 5:29 pm

      Our bedroom, which was expanded (and roofless) a couple of months ago. Stress is not out of the questions. I’m a bit concerned about potential moisture related to some heavy rains that fell while the roof was off, but my general contractor doesn’t seem to think that’s at play here.

  2. Lisa
    December 9, 2011 | 3:41 pm

    My first thought was the same — what is above that spot?

  3. PTB Construction
    December 9, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    To me, it looks as thought something might be up with the drywall paper, if that’s what you have on the ceiling… It’s such an odd shape! Although, if that is where you have a beam/joist meeting, it might be a little settling taking place.

    • admin
      December 11, 2011 | 5:31 pm

      As noted above, stress and settling are not out of the question, but it does look there there might be something else at play. Some think the original ceiling was made of plaster, but that’s odd given the the rest of the house is drywall.

      I guess this is To Be Continued….

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