Shit. DH has put his foot through the ceiling.

(27 Posts)
JollyShortGiant Sun 23-Jun-13 09:06:25

What do we do? How much is this going to cost? And who would we call to fix it?

Januarymadness Sun 23-Jun-13 09:12:51

You will need a plasterer (it is possible to do yourselvesif you have some idea what you are doing and dont want a pro finish)

Tiredtrout Sun 23-Jun-13 09:14:23

But most importantly, how?

lalalonglegs Sun 23-Jun-13 09:18:53

Call a plasterer - they will cut a piece of plasterboard to fit the hole, put a gauze called scrim around the edges and then skim the lot. It shouldn't take someone competent more than a couple of hours so, in theory, should cost about £50 but you usually have to pay a premium for these small jobs. If you don't want a smooth finish - ie if the rest of the ceiling is artexed - you might be able to do it yourself but, if not, pay a pro.

PigletJohn Sun 23-Jun-13 09:19:41

Is it plasterboard, or is it lath and plaster?

What sort of hoover have you got?

Are you fond of DIY?

lalalonglegs Sun 23-Jun-13 09:19:50

If you have a few lumps and bumps around the house, it might be worth getting a plasterer to sort them all out and pay for a half day rather than have to pay extra for a small job.

chezchaos Sun 23-Jun-13 09:21:23

DH did this 5 years ago while he was in the loft. It cost £550 to get the ceiling plastering redone; we claimed it on the insurance as accidental damage.

PigletJohn Sun 23-Jun-13 09:21:26

Is it plasterboard, or is it lath and plaster?

What sort of hoover have you got?

Are you fond of DIY?

JollyShortGiant Sun 23-Jun-13 09:26:02

It is plasterboard. He was in the loft and slipped. We have hoovered up as best we can.

Tiredtrout Sun 23-Jun-13 09:29:41

That's not good, hope he's ok and not hurt himself

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Sun 23-Jun-13 09:32:41

Hope he's OK & hasn't hurt himself.

Is it yours or rented?

JollyShortGiant Sun 23-Jun-13 09:32:42

Hole is under 2ft x 2ft. Probably 18 inches square. Unfortunately it is very close to the light fitting.

He seems to be okay.

JollyShortGiant Sun 23-Jun-13 09:33:26

It is ours. Was built in 2009 so not much other plastering required.

PigletJohn Sun 23-Jun-13 09:44:31

If it is plasterboard you can bodge it yourself if you want. You will need a small hammer, some short, galvanised plasterbiarding nails, and a cartrdge of solvent-free grip adhesive with a gun (metal not plastic) some Easifill, and a broad metal filling knife.

You clean away all the dust and fix up the bits like a jigsaw then smooth over once the adhesive is set and it is rigid. While setting, press a flat board, wrapped in clingfilm, up from underneath, braced with a deadman.

Or ask around and get recommendations for a local plsterer. It will look better if you get the whole ceiling skimmed.

Plaster dust is very damaging to carpets, soft furnishings and electronic apparatus, especially computers, televisions and DVD players, and domestic hoovers.

What sort of hoover have you got?

JollyShortGiant Sun 23-Jun-13 09:47:50

Oh. It is a bagless morphy Richards pet Hoover. We also used the Dyson handheld dc34. sad

millymae Sun 23-Jun-13 09:50:26

When we had our new bathroom fitted the plumber managed to put a hole in our kitchen ceiling whilst taking out the old toilet.

My advice would be try claiming on your house insurance and have it to be professionally fixed - ours was repaired by a plasterer who covered the hole and skimmed the rest of the ceiling whilst he was at it. Once it had been painted the ceiling looked better than it was before.

Hope he's OK.

JollyShortGiant Sun 23-Jun-13 09:51:52

We don't have accidental damage on our house insurance sad

PigletJohn Sun 23-Jun-13 09:54:05

The handheld probably does not have a microfilter so will blow particles into the air. A canister vac like a Henry, with a bag in it, or the workshop equivalent, can cope. Clean out your vacs and wash their filters. Damp sponge surfaces to avoid spreading the dust.

JollyShortGiant Sun 23-Jun-13 09:56:44

We do painting and putting up shelves ourselves but this is beyond us.

JollyShortGiant Sun 23-Jun-13 09:59:38

Okay. Will sort that out asap

Thank you, by the way.

What a shit Sunday.

chezchaos Sun 23-Jun-13 11:07:20

Hope you manage to get it fixed cheaply

TSSDNCOP Sun 23-Jun-13 11:17:22

My decorator put his foot through the dining room ceiling a couple of days before Christmas. 15 guests coming Christmas Day.

Nothing can be done about an accident except to say thank god no one was seriously hurt.

It doesn't take long to fix and anyone that knows a bit about plastering can sort it fairly cheaply.

Meanwhile make it a feature smile

JollyShortGiant Sun 23-Jun-13 11:33:18

There's a Paddington bear book where he makes a collage on his bedroom ceiling after making a hole in it. I just keep thinking of that. DH is quite upset though so I don't think he would appreciate the sentiment.

chezchaos Sun 23-Jun-13 12:36:27

Take a Break once had an article where someone made a feature of the holes around their house by putting bears in the hole and then fixing a picture frame round them. I kid you not.

PigletJohn Sun 23-Jun-13 17:28:34

Ceiling Cat crops up on the net.

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