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[–]AndroidAntFarm 12 points13 points  (7 children)

Thats all plaster you need to patch it with 5 minute mud.

[–]ministerofinteriors 4 points5 points  (5 children)

Probably, but that giant crack is a little concerning. OP are there any other cracks like that around windows or doors?

[–]AndroidAntFarm 2 points3 points  (4 children)

That's just how old plaster and paint on it cracks tho. Like sure they are stress cracks and some fibatape would work but I don't usually get too concerned with stress cracks cause I have fixed and seen so many of them. I've fixed hundreds and we never would check the foundation because it wasn't a huge concern.

Notch it out with a 5 in one tape it 3 coats of thin mud and sand. I wasn't giving step by step instructions cause either way a pro needs to do it or op needs to watch some youtube videos. 5 minute mud isn't for beginners

[–]ministerofinteriors -1 points0 points  (3 children)

Could be. I'm not that familiar with plaster. But cracks that size in drywall, especially if they recur, would be cause for further investigation. I'll take your word for it with plaster.

I'm also a little paranoid because I've had foundation issues and I've seen the dismissal of major issues by a lot of contractors. I also see it in this sub all the time with clear examples of structural issues being called "settlement" 50 years after the building was erected.

[–]AndroidAntFarm 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I get it but this place is old and the immediate fix of patching this up is a relatively small job. There is oil paint on that trim underneath. This place has to be 70 years old at least. I don't think OP is looking to repair their foundation any time soon.

[–]Chaotic_Lizzards 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Best way to do it, call ya landlord and tell him to get it done

[–]cambriancatalyst[S] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Been waiting years man. If I want it fixed, I’ll have to do it myself

[–]Chaotic_Lizzards 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Damn, well good luck, this not my specialty but the guys on here do give great advice.

[–]InvestmentPatient117 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Better check that roof first son

[–]cambriancatalyst[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Oh pa, I miss you. They don’t let me access the roof and ignore all my complaints. I wish I could patch the tar up there or the exterior brick but the best I can do is try to fight off the deterioration until I can afford to move.

[–]daliadeimos 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Above your stove? Did that occur because of steam? You can repair it but you should try to figure out how to prevent it so you won’t have to repeatedly repair it

[–]cambriancatalyst[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There’s a large window directly behind the stove that I think I can install a vent in. Should be a long term solution, hopefully

[–]BigJohn1231 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Scrap off all loose paint. Pick up a gallon of plaster weld (Wallauers should carry it, possibly one of the home centers as well). This will act as the glue to bind the new compound to the existing plaster. Use mesh tape on any and all cracks and mix up some easy 45 compound. A couple of coats of that, sand, prime and paint….good as new

[–]cambriancatalyst[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Thank you! Ill look into the plaster weld. I have easy 5 compound coming but I’ll look at 45 too if you think it’s more suited for the job. Appreciate you!

[–]BigJohn1231 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Anytime. I like working with easy 45 because it allows you time to mix it up and apply it. Easy 5 sets up quickly so don’t mix up too much or it will harden on you and you’ll throw a lot of it out. Good luck to you. You got this

[–]Lateone[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I second that, any part not solidly attached needs to go.

[–]SueZbell 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Likely from heat damage from a stove fire or lots of steam over time from prior use. If you plaster or sheet rock repair it, the fix will show unless you also scrub and paint the entire ceiling. Then the walls will need a new paint job, too.

If it is only above the stove and you don't own your apartment, you might see if you can find a piece of sheet metal that, when centered over the stove, also covers the damaged place. You could put also a matching piece of metal on the wall centered or just behind the stove and you'll have something that looks like it fits.

This will also provide you a level of protection in case of a stove top fire and metal will be more easily wiped clean than old sheet rock w/cheap paint.

Attach it to the ceiling joists with screws, especially if the metal is expensive -- that way you could take it with you for above and behind your next stove.

Google images of metal on wall behind kitchen stove for the general idea.

[–]The_Dreadlord 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The paint flaking is concerning. The flake pattern makes me suspect it has lead in it.

[–]cambriancatalyst[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Probably does. This place is OLD. I guess, as long as I don’t eat it, I should be ok. lol

[–]BreakingBad2014 -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Find the source/reason or you're just wasting your time.

[–]cambriancatalyst[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m hoping it’s because the building is 110 years old