When we first bought the home we
noticed that the hallway ceiling would occasionally
shed a few pieces of popcorn texture during the
summer months when the swamp cooler we use to cool
the home, had been running a couple of months.
We eventually realized that this whole ceiling was
getting a little too damp and thought there was a
leak in the duct and water was dripping down from
the swamp cooler (evaporative cooler) mounted on the
roof. Looking through the vent, we saw no
water puddles anywhere. It just ended up being
condensation and a duct that was not keeping this moisture away
from the drywall on the ceiling.
The years passed and passed......and as it is with any
problem....it only gets worse. Now big chunks
of the paint started falling off. Oh fun. I
scrapped off some sections of the popcorn so it
would just stop littering the floor.
The only thing left to do was to replace the duct in
this section of the house.
No. I did not do this project myself. I knew
this job was something I did not want to tackle on
I hired a contractor to do this work for me.
The contractor I used here in El Paso was
Aire. They mostly deal with heating and
cooling equipment but also do duct fabrication.
I did not take any pictures when the work was being
done. My apologies. I expected a lot of
dust, even with this section of the house covered in
plastic. The dust got everywhere in the house
regardless. I had moved my home office
downstairs in the lower room during the
construction and worked down there while keeping an
eye on the work up the stairs.
They needed to tear the entire
ceiling out up to the swamp cooler on the
roof. Then they replaced the duct and the
drywall on the ceiling.
The completed job is pictured on the left.
I opted for no popcorn texture and they used
the same knock down texture which is on the
I added some small crown moulding on the
ceiling. The painting I did myself.
For this and some of the other jobs I have
contracted out, I do the painting myself.
This lowers the cost of the whole job a bit
when I don't have to pay for the additional
The register above the hallway and in the
bathroom down the hall were replaced.
I purchased a new smoke detector to replace
the old yellowed one.
The dark wood doors in the hallway were also
changed to six paneled doors, which I talk
about under my