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    Default Plastering crack in ceiling - remove old tape or not ?

    Hi guys,

    I am cleaning up our granny flat for sale and after finding a crack in the main room ceiling (all Hardiflex - no plaster) I removed the old paper tape join, scraped out all the base compound and re-taped (paper taped) and finished. All good.

    I then noticed a hairline crack in the bathroom ceiling. I could just paint over it but I would rather fix it up. I do not want to go through the process again of trying to get all the old base compound out of the join. Question is.... Can I just hit the join with a grinder and get rid of the 'mound' from the previous join and then re-tape and finish or should I pull all of the old base compound out again ?

    Or just paint over the crack

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    Wow.... don't everyone respond at once !

    I bought some 'stress crack tape' that Rod reviewed a while back. Will give that a go.


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    Without really seeing anything, your second option should be ok. Cleaning the joint up and paper tape. Can you get above it and backblock, this is what it really needs.

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    There be snakes up there in the ceiling. I refuse to go up there 😯


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