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Who thought popcorn on the ceiling was a good idea, anyway?

Cheap builders. It's cheaper to do a rough-in job hanging drywall on the ceiling and cover the defects with texture, rather than properly shim the drywall and tape/mud for a smooth ceiling.

But scraping it off? Whew! And this was for a smallish 8x4 area, I can imagine what it looks like when people decide to do a whole room or worse, their whole house.

Believe it or not, it's not as bad as you think. You basically screen off the entire room with plastic sheeting taped to the walls, and covering EVERYTHING. A pump sprayer is used to soak the popcorn and soften it for easy scraping/removal. If it's hard to get off, it's not wet enough. Once finished, you pull down the plastic sheeting from the walls, fold it all inward, and carry it out in one piece. The mess is completely contained if you do it right.
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