artex repair


I had some water damage to my ceiling, the water appears to have run along a joint (where 2 sheets come together) its about 6 feet long by approx 1 foot wide. Never done this before. Is it a job to attempt or leave for the professional? I am reasonably ok with DIY Tiling and basic woodwork, and have replaced a piece of coving and blended it in ok.
I suspect the damaged area of the ceiling board will need to be cut out and replaced.
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"S S" wrote:

It depends on how much plasterboard is damaged as to whether one or more full boards need to be replaced or whether you can just cut out the damaged area and replace with a piece of new plasterboard. If just replacing a 6 x 1 foot section the direction of the ceiling joists needs to be taken into account as you will have to nail the new piece to the joists. That leaves whether you are able to fill the joints and apply textured paint yourself to match the old artex finish and pattern. If it is just a stippled effect then matching is straightforward, but a patterned swirl effect is probably impossible to match. Buildings insurance normally covers repair of water damage. In my experience, if you claim on your insurance they normally replace the whole ceiling as it is very difficult to repair without the repair being visible.
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"Consumer" wrote

Trouble is the insurance premium then goes up and by the time the premiums have lost the loading, you've effectively paid for the repair yourself!
Phil
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"TheScullster" wrote:

Very true. First you have to pay the excess, then they will probably increase your next premium at renewal. If you change companies you have to declare any previous claims made within whatever time period they specify. If you make a claim they will check for previous claims with other insurers and if they find any previous undeclared claims they will refuse to pay out. But they are running a business not a charity.
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