I bought a ceiling texture scraper as you described for $22.95 from Hormax Products at 1-800-729-9029. It works! Before I ordered it, I was making quite a mess. I spray one area at a time with warm water and it comes off easily. You won't believe the difference it makes getting rid of those ugly popcorn ceilings, and you'll discover they're dirt magnets. Don't over exert yourself. I tried to do too much at once and had terrible neck and back pain.