Originally Posted by Daryl in Nanoose
My concern would be why is the drywall soft. You could have a moisture problem. You need to find out which means cutting a section of drywall out from stud to stud( that is if there is no header up there) and inspect. if its just terrible drywall job up there then proceed with patching it up with a new piece of drywall and finish. You could put some solid backing in the wall between studs before patching in up then you would not ever have to worry.
I was a bit concerned about why the drywall is soft, fearing moisture to be the cause. Good to hear it could also be just poor quality drywall. How do I find studs though - my electronic stud finder couldn't detect anything? Should I just drill test wholes until I find the studs? Could it be that there is no studs at all?