Can a hairdresser fix a sagging ceiling?

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Dear Car Talk | Sep 01, 1990

Dear Tom and Ray:

I have a problem with the ceiling of my car. It sags on the driver's side. What can I do about it? The sagging is unbearable. I get a flat head each morning.

RAY: It's not the ceiling that's falling, Carla. It's the "headliner." Most people think of Wayne Newton when they hear the word "headliner," but we're referring to the car's vinyl or cloth ceiling fabric. The headliner is usually glued to the roof of the car, and old age and summer heat can dry out the glue and cause the headliner to separate and sag.

TOM: You have several options, Carla. If your car is like mine (a real heap), and you don't want to spend any more money on it, you can simply tear the headliner out. The rusting, cob-webbed underside of the roof isn't pretty, but I guarantee you won't have any more sagging.

RAY: If, on the other hand, you still have any pride at all, you can have the headliner repaired or even replaced. Don't try to do it yourself, though. Take it to a shop that works on upholstery, convertible tops, or seat covers.

TOM: Or, as a temporary solution, you might want to visit your beautician and see if you can get one of those old beehive hairdos. It won't do much for your image, but it should keep the headliner from obstructing your vision for the time being.

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