Hello Everyone, I'm a new to this game (have painted mostly as well as put up drywall on walls in new construction as well as small repairs). I'm tackling my first set of popcorn/stucco over plaster ceilings in a one story ranch built in the 1950s. Here are the pics I took initially w/ measurements: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8970927@N04/ Underneath all that goodness is plaster ceilings with hairline cracks everywhere. Options (I think) to address this after stripping down to the plaster: 1) Skim coat. (NOT RECOMMENDED. It'd be fast but the cracks in the underlying plaster will just come through the skim coat eventually and I'll have to go back and repeatedly fix it.) 2) Use wide mesh tape and then skim coat over. This will give a buffer between the cracked plaster and the new skim coat so the cracks won't come back. 3) Don't completely remove popcorn/stucco ceilings, but just knock them down a bit then screw drywall ( 1/2" or 5/8 thick) into ceiling joists, then tape and mud. I haven't priced out the drywall yet or jacks but I may just make my own deadmans, but here are my questions: - Which repair will last the longest? - What type of repair will take the longest to complete? (hanging drywall vs. scraping/sanding popcorn/stucco) - Are there any "gotchas" I am not thinking of? Many thanks.