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Greetings from Plaster Man
Plaster Man here, Contributing Editor & Columnist for Walls & Ceilings magazine.
Just wanted to check in and say hello. I occasionally work on radiant heat ceilings and have been battling of late with insurance companies because most do not cover the repairs that must be done occasionally to these types of ceilings. The last repair I had to jack up the ceiling, as the nails had failed to hold it up any longer after 16 years. 1 1/4" nails were used. The insurance company finally made the judgment on the case: "Faulty workmanship"...!! What??!!!! After 16 years??? They prevailed and I've been fuming about it ever since.
The problem is that here in the midwest a LOT of these ceilings were put up, and I'm getting more and more calls from homeowners on this type of claim. Have any of you been involved in such a project? What are your thoughts on this type of ceiling? I'm talking about a ceiling with small thin wires that were stapled onto the board face and then plastered over. It seems the problem might lie in the heating and cooling of the board...? The nails finally lose their grip and the ceiling starts slumping and then completely fails. It does not appear to be water related.
Any thoughts would be appreciated on this. Thanks!