Cracked Plaster Ceiling- strap or screw? : HomeImprovement


I am slowly fixing up my 105-year old house near Toronto, Ontario. The house has suffered a lot of neglect, but I am trying to restore it and make it a dream home.

There is one room where the plaster walls (original, from what I can tell) are particularly bad and I plan to drywall them rather than repair the plaster. The ceiling was bad when I moved in, but since rescrewing the subfloor and installing new hardwood in the room above, some of the cracks have gotten more prominent. The room above has been completed for quite some time, and the cracks in the ceiling don’t seem to be getting worse (at this point). My ultimate plan is to repair the ceiling so it doesn’t sag in the future, and install some sort of glue or screw up (faux) tin tiles on top.

I’ve had mixed responses on the best way to repair the plaster ceiling, which is heavily cracked and starting to sag in places. One contractor who was looking at a different job suggested ripping out the plaster and drywalling; another suggested strapping it with wood, drywalling over the wood and adding the tiles over that; and a third suggested just using plaster washers to secure the plaster and tile over the ceiling itself. The plaster is horsehair and shouldn’t contain asbestos, so I have no issue with removal, except for the mess and disposal.

My priority is to find the best long-term solution, since I plan to live in this home awhile. I don’t really have a budget for this as of yet- I’m going room by room, and if I need to buy drywall for the ceiling, I’ll do that when I buy the drywall for the walls.

Screwing plaster washers seems like the quickest and easiest (also cheapest) solution; however, I’m not sure if it’ll be effective long-term given the number of cracks and condition of the ceiling. Pictures of the ceiling below. Any advice would be appreciated.

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