It was a ceiling crack. During the summer, the crack was a fine line stretching across the room. We caulked, painted and thought we had it fixed. Temperatures cooled, humidity lowered, and the dry air caused the fine line of the Crack to reappear, and stretch wider. This was no longer a do-it-yourself job.
Maybe we could do it ourselves. We have built rooms from the studs out. Along the way, we learned taping and patching is not our forte. If it were not for the texture of the ceiling, we might have tried once more. Surely with the proper paint, and maybe lighting, our skills would be sufficient.
Unwilling to redo the entire ceiling, it was time to call in a professional. After consulting three contractors, we picked the men who would insert a new section of drywall and re-texurize. Thank goodness.
As soon as a section of ceiling was opened, blow in insulation started snowing down. The unseen complication.
Most projects have unseen complications. Often, more than one trip to the store is needed. Maybe it’s only a tool you don’t realize is needed until you get into the project. Sometimes the complication is a mistake, causing more work. Often, the problem is that you just can’t know everything going into a project.
It is good advice to assume that there will be the unexpected in every project, and plan the extra time and extra expense for every project.