Today’s Homeowner Radio Show | June 11, 2022


Filthy ceiling vents can result in health and fitness difficulties. Also: You really do not will need a pro to fix a chip on a granite countertop. (Shots from Donna De Cant and MichaelRLong, Getty Visuals)

This week, we’re offering guidance on how to maintenance a cracked sloped ceiling, how to clean up a popcorn ceiling close to a vent and how to take care of a chipped granite countertop.


A Option to a Cracking Sloped Ceiling

This sloped vaulted ceiling is starting up to bubble and crack. (Photo illustration using visuals from Jim Marsh)

The sloped vaulted ceiling in Jim Marsh’s Thousand Oaks, Calif., townhome is loosening from the rafter and starting to bubble and crack.

Contractors have advised him from patching the problem parts since of how major the ceiling is (it’s 17 toes broad by 53 feet prolonged!). He would like to know if it is structurally seem to area drywall more than current drywall.

To start with off, we agree with what the contractors are telling Jim. With this kind of a big ceiling, if you were being to check out to scrape the places and blend them in with a knockdown finish, they would however stand out.

Also, additional cracks could pop up. 

And yes, you can put drywall more than present drywall. The process of carrying out that is identified as veneering, and quarter-inch drywall is offered for this. 

You will will need to identify where by just about every ceiling joist is and pop chalk strains on each and every a single. Then, insist on utilizing screws, not nails, so they’ll keep in position and will not pop out.

Another selection is to tear out the ceiling and start from scratch. The bubbling could be brought about by a humidity issue, so undertaking this will expose if that is the situation.

Skip to [10:52] for the entire section on the Today’s Property owner Radio Demonstrate.


Cleansing a Popcorn Ceiling

If you have a filthy A/C ceiling vent like this, you could need to have to exchange more than just the air filter. (Picture by Donna De Cant)

Filth is accumulating outside the ceiling vent in Donna De Cant’s house in Stay Oak, Fla. She’s tried out to thoroughly clean the ceiling, but only the popcorn texture will come off, not the dust.

To clean up a popcorn ceiling, use the upholstery brush on your vacuum cleaner to get rid of the dust. Unscrew the vent from the ceiling and cleanse the grill with oxygen bleach or a different cleaning agent. Oil up the shifting areas with machine oil

If the dust has stained it, mix some warm drinking water and oxygen bleach in a spray container, and cautiously spray the ceiling. Really don’t oversaturate it or the popcorn ceiling will arrive loose. 

At the time it’s dry, go more than it with a stain-blocking primer and paint it. 

So what’s creating this? The vent is blowing air out, and in that air are dust particles. Anytime you are altering your A/C filter, vacuum out the room at the rear of the return air vent. 

Also, moisture in the air can make those people dust particles stain the ceiling. Dampness could arrive from the air or you could have leaky ductwork. Make confident the humidity in your home isn’t too large, and have an air conditioner technician verify your ductwork to make positive it is sealed effectively. 

Skip to [22:17] for the complete section on the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.


Repairing Chips on a Granite Countertop

There is a brief resolve for fixing chips in granite counter tops. (MichaelRLong, Getty Visuals)

Granite is a natural product, so there are different layers of stone that can loosen up. This, in flip, can make them prone to chipping.

Simply dropping a can from a cabinet can lead to a knick on the floor.

To repair chips in granite, you can use epoxy glue. It dries a cloudy grey color so it will blend in with darker-colored counter tops.

It can be tricky to blend it to match considering that each and every granite countertop has a unique shade texture.  

For a additional specific repair that won’t stand out, invest in a ProCaliber Granite Restore Package. No shade matching is vital for this kit.

Skip to [56:24] for the comprehensive section on the Today’s House owner Radio Show.

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