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Water leak repair #7898238 07/12/20 06:06 PM
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Had our AC drain clog up and leak a little into our kitchen roof a couple months ago. Everything is dried out and the drywall seems salvageable. I need to strip the rest of the paint that was damaged but once that is done what is the best way to blend this back together so it isn’t noticeable? Do I need to throw some spackle where the paint is removed and then texture it and repaint?

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Spray texture in a can, or call the man.

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Originally Posted by 68rustbucket
Spray texture in a can, or call the man.


I’ve got the spray texture I just wasn’t sure about the difference in depth of the paint. I need to level it out somehow.

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I use a wadded up paper towel and spackling. Put it, wait a few minutes and knock it down. You should be able to match the old texture or get close enough. I paint my cured patch the same way.


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The texture on the ceiling doesn’t match, look like a previous repair was done.

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Originally Posted by 68rustbucket
The texture on the ceiling doesn’t match, look like a previous repair was done.


Wasn’t the first time that POS drain clogged. Good eye and yes this is the 2nd time it happened. Installed a float switch now to shut it off before it happens again.

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If you want it to disappear, remove any loose, paint / texture/ mud. Prime ceiling area with bonding primer, then get a bucket of premixed drywall compound and float out the area. The old texture is going to make all kinds of rough ridges in you float, but don't worry. After the first coat dries take a wet sponge and smooth the ridges down . I will take three or four coats to get it right. After each one smooth with wet sponge and feather out at edges. Then spray with the texture in can

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Originally Posted by MRR
If you want it to disappear, remove any loose, paint / texture/ mud. Prime ceiling area with bonding primer, then get a bucket of premixed drywall compound and float out the area. The old texture is going to make all kinds of rough ridges in you float, but don't worry. After the first coat dries take a wet sponge and smooth the ridges down . I will take three or four coats to get it right. After each one smooth with wet sponge and feather out at edges. Then spray with the texture in can


Thanks. Got the first coat of compound on. I'll let everyone know how it turns out.

Re: Water leak repair [Re: krmitchell] #7901726 07/15/20 07:20 PM
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Just stopping by to wish you good luck. I had to cut out a piece over the weekend, patch, tape, mud, then attempt to texture. My texture is a little larger than yours but I tried three different methods including spray, sponge, and roller. I have a pro coming on Thursday to spray with a big hopper and air tank.
From what I tested, you may be able to get away with the spray can looking at your pattern. Spray, let it sit for a couple min, then Knock down. But, I’d cut out anything wet or warped. Lots of YouTube videos out there.

As far as the ac line clog, I dealt with that over the weekend too. Unfortunately our drain line to upstairs sink has a backwards p trap because some one did the roughing wrong. In theory, that p trap should catch a lot of the sediment., but mine didn’t and clogged about a foot passed into the wall. The plumber used some chemical to clear and a shop vac to clean up. I noticed it when the water began to rise in the sink. Run hot water a few times a year for a good 5-10 min.. maybe drain a coke down it. Also wouldn’t hurt to pour a little diluted bleach down the line once or twice a year to eat away at that sediment. If only the builder had run that ac line to our laundry drain, we wouldn’t have this issue..

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Originally Posted by Stevarino
Just stopping by to wish you good luck. I had to cut out a piece over the weekend, patch, tape, mud, then attempt to texture. My texture is a little larger than yours but I tried three different methods including spray, sponge, and roller. I have a pro coming on Thursday to spray with a big hopper and air tank.
From what I tested, you may be able to get away with the spray can looking at your pattern. Spray, let it sit for a couple min, then Knock down. But, I’d cut out anything wet or warped. Lots of YouTube videos out there.

As far as the ac line clog, I dealt with that over the weekend too. Unfortunately our drain line to upstairs sink has a backwards p trap because some one did the roughing wrong. In theory, that p trap should catch a lot of the sediment., but mine didn’t and clogged about a foot passed into the wall. The plumber used some chemical to clear and a shop vac to clean up. I noticed it when the water began to rise in the sink. Run hot water a few times a year for a good 5-10 min.. maybe drain a coke down it. Also wouldn’t hurt to pour a little diluted bleach down the line once or twice a year to eat away at that sediment. If only the builder had run that ac line to our laundry drain, we wouldn’t have this issue..


We do vinegar down the lines. For whatever reason we got told it is better than bleach.

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I see 3 textures in that one picture. Needs primed, skimmed out corner to corner and re textured to look right. We have a saying in the tape, bed & paint world, it goes: A patch is a patch and will always look like a patch.


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I don’t like running bleach and warm water. Did that one morning in August, for preventative measures, then left town for a few days. Had been gone 2 hours, wife calls and says a/c not cooling. The overflow w/cutoff switch was full. Later that afternoon I directed her over the phone, with instructions how to run fish tape up drain line from outside. Then shopVac the drain line from outside. That cleared the line. The warm water and bleach somehow caused an algae bloom.

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Originally Posted by 68rustbucket
I don’t like running bleach and warm water. Did that one morning in August, for preventative measures, then left town for a few days. Had been gone 2 hours, wife calls and says a/c not cooling. The overflow w/cutoff switch was full. Later that afternoon I directed her over the phone, with instructions how to run fish tape up drain line from outside. Then shopVac the drain line from outside. That cleared the line. The warm water and bleach somehow caused an algae bloom.

That’s interesting. Good to know

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Originally Posted by 68rustbucket
I don’t like running bleach and warm water. Did that one morning in August, for preventative measures, then left town for a few days. Had been gone 2 hours, wife calls and says a/c not cooling. The overflow w/cutoff switch was full. Later that afternoon I directed her over the phone, with instructions how to run fish tape up drain line from outside. Then shopVac the drain line from outside. That cleared the line. The warm water and bleach somehow caused an algae bloom.


The last crew I paid to do it is responsible for the roof looking different. Unless you stare at it it isn’t that noticeable but it doesn’t look great either way. I’m going to give it a shot doing the repair myself since it will be cheap and worst case scenario I have to call someone who knows what they are doing. I know it won’t be seamless but good enough will do if I’m doing it on my own and can make it look decent.

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