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Re: repair of plaster walls

Posted By: Phil
Friday, 18 May 2001, at 2:38 p.m.

In Response To: repair of plaster walls (Mark)

How large is the area to be repaired? Are you fixing a large hole, small hole, small cracks, or you just want to refinish the wall to give it a cleaner look. Let me tell you my experience working with real plaster. This stuff is messy, difficult to mix, and will harden into solid rock before you can count to a hundred. It is a pain in the butts cleaning up when you are done. It's hard to sand down too. If you are fixing a large hole, it is easier and cleaner to cut out the sheetrock/plaster around it and put up new sheetrock (or plaster board as some people calls them.) If you are fixing up a small hole, fill the hole with a piece of plywood and then use spackling compound. Here is a proven method for filling a hole before applying spackling compound. Cut a piece of 1/4 inch plywood so that it can be inserted into the hole, but make it slightly larger at the top and bottom so that it can sit on the edge of the hole. Before inserting the plywood into the hole, drill a hole in the center and insert a 2 1/2 inch bolt. Apply liquid nail around the top and bottom, then insert the plywood into the hole. Take a piece of 1X4, drill a hole in it, and insert the bolt into it. Insert a nut in the bolt and tighten until the plywood is secured behind the hole. Allow the liquid nail to dry. Untighten and remove the nut, 1X4 piece of wood, and push the bolt into the wall. The hole is now "boarded up." Use masking tape to fill up any gap. Now apply spackling compound. Spackling compound can be in the lightweight form or heavy form. The heavy type will run before it settles. If you are using the heavy type, I recommend applying them in layers. Allow the first layer to dry before applying the second layer. Now, if you are just filling up cracks in the wall, just smear spackling compound into the cracks. If you don't like the look of the wall, you can texture it, wallpaper it, or panel it. Hope this will help you decide what's the best approach to fix your wall.

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