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Loris Miller
10-13-2003, 02:30 PM
I, am a builder here in Ohio, I love flat ceilings
as does my drywaller but he is very hesitant to
do them. He says he has had too many problems with
screws popping & for some reason has had the tape
telegraph through. Another reputable builder in my
area refuses to do flat ceilings for customers due
to these problems in the past. Is there any
technique for doing flat drywall ceilings or am I
best not doing them. Thank You

10-13-2003, 08:33 PM
In my area northern New England ,Thats all I do smooth ceilings and walls,I very rarely will do any texturing.The biggest problem I find is the woodshrinkage and movement,settling of the house would cause these types of problems.In this area almost all homes have strapped ceilings.Its not really the technique of the taping,but the actual structre or technique of the framing.Also using flat ceiling paint to hide any high lighting conditions will help.

10-15-2003, 10:47 PM
Try gluing the drywall to the ceiling joists to help prevent the screw from popping.

Sam Singer
10-22-2003, 02:45 PM
Plastering the ceilings will solve all your problems.

12-12-2003, 08:01 PM
Best things you can do for that is.

Heat the house well for e or 4 days to let wood expand well.

use 5/8 drywall to give it a stiffer flatter look.

use glue and screws with good hangers.

along with a good finisher you did all you can do for making it look flat the rest is up to the builder in my opinion.