Over the years the ceilings in this place have been ignored as much as possible. They are often cracked and often peeling despite being scraped on an annual basis. This is the winter of my discontent and ceiling repair. So far the Whirlpool Suite is finished. The new board is hung in the living room but won't get mud until the tree comes down. No, that doesn't mean we send Dave and a dog out to a field and then let them wipe their paws on the ceiling. Think of it more as icing a cake with a really bad tasting frosting that resists all your attempts to smooth it out. It isn't my favorite or best skill but the results sure beat the heck out of flaking paint.