Icesailor I'm a master plumber in business for 40+ years. I am in the process of selling the house I now live in, and the prospective buyers hired a "home inspector." The only thing he found was a spot of slightly peeling paint in a second-floor bedroom ceiling, so he poked a hole through it. Now there is a hole in what was an absolutely flat, Imperial skim-coat plaster ceiling.

I fixed the leaking roof flange in the main plumbing vent that caused the leak; the problem is the hole. What is the best way to patch it without it showing badly that it was patched? (I have access from above.) A 12" x 16" patch will do. Should I sand and feather the skim coat on the existing board so I can use mesh tape? I'm trying...

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