Hi, it's me with the 1923 bungalow again. I had the roof replaced and
because of a badly placed tarp left on the unfinished section of the roof
during the replacement, it rained and I had water all over my wood floors
underneath the attic opening. Called roofer, cleaned up mess, went to
Came home, it had rained again, had more water on wood floor underneath
attic floor. Called roofer again and he finally came out and recovered
roof, but there was a lot of water soaking the wood and insulation in the
attic and the ceiling started staining immediately.
Long story short, there are now brown stains on the ceilings of three
rooms, but the main hallway has ominous looking places where there's a kind
of a veining or road map look just under the paint, it hasn't cracked open
yet, a couple other places have cracked open and look an eggshell on a
hard-boiled egg when break it open.
The roofer says its just paint and wants to patch it, I hope he's right
but I don't want him in my house again for lots of reasons that I won't bore
you with here, and I want the whole ceiling done since the damage is so
extensive and not just a "patch up job" by someone who does roofs and not 80
year old ceilings!
For those experienced with plaster, do you think I can tackle this on my
own? Since I have an old house and I'm not rich, I know I need to learn how
to do this stuff on my own. I'm not afraid of plaster on walls, but
ceilings make me more nervous--I don't want anything crashing down on me.
The plaster is dry and has been since the 2nd day after the rain. Should I
sand or scrape the paint off so I can see what's happening and then starting
patching and Kilzing or do I need an experienced plasterer painter?
By the way, I can't get money for this out of the roofer because I stupidly
gave him his check before this happened (I know! I know! I thought all
people were good and he was referred to me by someone I trust!) and he
basically picked up his equipment after the job was done and haven't heard
from since. I think since I refused to let HIM patch it, he's basically not
going to give me any money to repair it. I do have his home address,
though, so if this proves really expensive, maybe I'll just go camp out in
his front yard!