Home Improvement--General/Removing popcron ceiling

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I have a popcorned ceiling in my kitchen. I hate it. How can i remove it or can it be removed without tearing out the existing drywall that is is put on?

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You have two options. You can remove the popcorn but spraying water on a small area at a time. Say 2'x2' sections. let it soak in for a minute or two and use a metal scraper to scrape it off. It comes of fairly easy but don't put to much pressure on scraper because you do not want to gouge the drywall underneath. It is time consuming & it will make a big mess so cover everything with plastic. You may have to sand and touch up a few spots when you get it all off. The other way is to put new drywall right over the popcorn. Make sure you use screws long enough to go thru the original ceiling. And you must find the ceiling joists to screw the new drywall into to.. To find then, you can use a stud finder and once you find the first one, determine which way they are running. Toward the front of the house or towards the side of the house. Then use the stud finder to locate the other ceiling joists. if you do not want to buy a stud finder, then you can take a three inch drywall screw and drill into the ceiling slowly and carefully until you feel the screw going into wood. You will feel the difference of the screw going into wood as opposed to just drywall. use a tape measure to measure every 14 to 16 inches from the first ceiling joist you find. They should be about that far apart.

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15 years of custom home building. My knowledge on building homes correctly is written below. If I had more than 2000 characters I would gone on.

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Lets start with foundation footing. The standard foundation footing is 20 inches wide. Foundation walls are 10 inches wide and must be dug down below the freeze line or 48 inches in Illinois. Framing a house. 2"x4" or 2"x6" walls. They are put 16" on center. Floors should be 3/4" tongue & groove plywood. 1/2 plywood sheeting should be placed on the exterior walls. Two 2"x12" nailed together should be used as headers above all windows and exterior doors. They should also be used on any doorways, halls or open spaces on all bearing walls. Walls get R-13 insulation. Ceiling insulation should be R-36 in Illinois or 10 inches of blown in insulation. Concrete for the sidewalks should be 4" thick. If it is a driveway or garage floor, then 5" thick. Foundation walls must be sealed with either tar or spray on sealer. Concrete for basement floors are 4" thick, with drain tile underneath crawl spaces must be covered with 2" of concrete. Stair risers should be no more than 7.5". Stair treads should be 10" wide. Deck spindles should be spaced no more than 4" s.

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