Should I Try to Fix This Myself or Call a Pro?

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Apparently, my ceiling became cracked. It's made of plaster. One never done anything like this but I often have more time to fix things when necessary. Should I hire a pro of try to do this myself? Any tips would be appreciated. Pics below.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/YGxwDtktKjpcgVx38

Plaster is easy to repair, but it requires practice to become skilled at it. Those who do it daily are amazing. I would hire a pro. It won't cost much because it won't take long. Pay close attention to what they're doing you'll maybe gain the confidence to do the next one yourself. 

It's in a newly acquired rental property.  Thanks to everyone for the advice.  Im going to look into Wallys but Ill probably get some estimates.  It never hurts to learn how to do something - especially since I keep buying properties that are older.  

@Kenneth Peagler

This is the best video on how to go about doing it that's online.

How to fix a plaster ceiling

You can buy the plaster washers on Amazon. The veneer plaster is sold for 15 bucks for 50 lbs. He says in the video that you should mix it with some joint compound, he means 25% Easy Sand 45. The fiberglass screening he's talking about is just regular fiberglass screening. I used to like to use self-adhesive wall repair fabric, but it's a lot more money and the fiberglass screening works just fine.

The problem with hiring this out in my area is that there are very few guys who are both good at it and cheap out there, and many if not most of the low-end bidders will screw you on long-lasting quality to get the job done faster. The same crack will reassert itself in five years, that sort of thing.

Jim, the property im referring to is in Greenfield - In Pittsburgh. Do you think that kit is overpriced? I actually have some serious plaster work that I will need done on another property in that area. Do you have any recommendations? I usually dont have time to do these kinds of things but Coronavirus has definitely given me more of that. What should I expect to pay for someone thats legit?Originally posted by @Jim K. :

@Kenneth Peagler

This is the best video on how to go about doing it that's online.

How to fix a plaster ceiling

You can buy the plaster washers on Amazon. The veneer plaster is sold for 15 bucks for 50 lbs. He says in the video that you should mix it with some joint compound, he means 25% Easy Sand 45. The fiberglass screening he's talking about is just regular fiberglass screening. I used to like to use self-adhesive wall repair fabric, but it's a lot more money and the fiberglass screening works just fine.

The problem with hiring this out in my area is that there are very few guys who are both good at it and cheap out there, and many if not most of the low-end bidders will screw you on long-lasting quality to get the job done faster. The same crack will reassert itself in five years, that sort of thing.

 

What kit are you referring to? The Wally's stuff in another post? Absolutely, it's a total ripoff. I also own property in Greenfield. Didn't realize you were here. In Pittsburgh, yiu're simply never going to find affordable plaster repair people to hire. Take that as a given and you'll be fine. Learn how to do this, teach your handyman how to do it.

If you enjoy the work and aren't planning on growing your portfolio, then it's okay to DIY.  Nothing magical about it.

Once you get above 20 units, though, this kind of stuff gets tedious and hard to keep up with. If your long-term plans are growing big, I would advise to start now getting used to taking the tools out of your truck. I have met many real estate "investors" who wanted to get rich owning rentals, but accidentally bought themselves unpaid handyman jobs.

Originally posted by @Erik W. :

If you enjoy the work and aren't planning on growing your portfolio, then it's okay to DIY.  Nothing magical about it.

Once you get above 20 units, though, this kind of stuff gets tedious and hard to keep up with.  If your long-term plans are growing big, I would advise to start now getting used to taking the tools out of your truck.  I have met many real estate "investors" who wanted to get rich owning rentals, but accidentally bought themselves unpaid handyman jobs.

Hey Erik, are you really posting in the DIY forum simply to offer some general whitebread advice not to do any DIY?

@Jim K. , oops.  You are correct, Sir.  I was browsing the most recent posts by date/time and didn't notice this was in the DIY forum.  My apologies.

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