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Posted 02-16-2008 at 03:12 PM by rdlohr

Who came up with the idea for popcorn ceiling anyhow? That stuff is LOUSY!

First off, never fix up anything in your house. You will live to regret it because it is like a virus that spreads.
I started out to fix up our kitchen. Of course, since the dining room is adjacent that had to be part of the deal. Well then of course you need new drapes, table, china cabinet, etc. Not to mention if you paint the ceiling, it runs into the hall and now you have to do the hall, etc, etc, etc. Pretty soon the whole upstairs needs redone. But thats not what this stories about.

POPCORN. Who came up with that bright idea! A little spot chips off so you try to take off the loose stuff around it. Then more comes off, and more comes off, and pretty soon you got this huge section of ceiling thats drywall flat instead of textured popcorn.

So you mix some sand into the paint and try to texture it. It works but it aint perfect. Being anal as I am I try and try and try to match it but the best I can do is kind of camoflage it. Talk about frustrating!

So I'm done patching it up and now I'm putting a coat of paint on with the roller and guess what happed in another spot next to the light... ARRRRRRRRRRRRRG

Yep, another strip comes off right on my roller. I HATE POPCORN!
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    int2str's Avatar
    Yupp, hate it too!

    Did you have a small sample tested for asbestos? If not, you should. Removing popcorn ceilings with asbestos can be hazardous.

    Though how old is your house?

    If you think the person who invented popcorn ceilings is a retard, go find the person who thought up putting asbestos in it
    Posted 02-16-2008 at 09:23 PM by int2str int2str is offline
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    rdlohr's Avatar
    Interesting point. House was built in 1974. Its a little too late now though as hopefully I am done!

    Posted 02-16-2008 at 09:57 PM by rdlohr rdlohr is offline
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    int2str's Avatar

    First off, please approve my comment above. Otherwise only you can read it and nobody else...

    Secondly, 1974 is definitely in a range where you SHOULD be worried about this. Do yourself a favour and send a small piece of the ceiling to your local EPA office. They will do the testing for a small fee (or even free?).

    The problem with the ceilings is that it's not a big deal if they are not disturbed. But if you scraped it off, you did disturb it quite a bit. Asbestos comes off in very very fine particles. You will have to do (or arrange for) additional cleanup if you're done, or stay out of your house for a bit to let it settle (and then clean up some more).

    That way you and your family will be safe and have peace of mind.

    And if it didn't contain any Asbestos, well, then it was just annoying to remove, but not dangerous .
    Posted 02-17-2008 at 12:02 AM by int2str int2str is offline
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    Posted 02-17-2008 at 12:06 AM by int2str int2str is offline
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    Hey Rick be careful with the popcorn, houses built before 1978 with popcorn ceiling could have aspestive in it! Sometime salt and butter make it better.
    Posted 02-17-2008 at 01:13 AM by epl epl is offline
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    Sorry Rick, don't mean to laugh-but I've been there before myself, and I know exactly what you mean. Pretty sure the same guy that came up with popcorn ceilings also invented slotted screws and one-way streets.
    Posted 02-21-2008 at 11:22 PM by warpspeed warpspeed is offline
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    Thanks for the concern. Just got back to checking the blog. Was done with that project weeks ago, but I plan to do some work on the bathroom that has that popcorn crap on it too. Maybe I'll test that just in case.

    Posted 03-07-2008 at 10:10 PM by rdlohr rdlohr is offline

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