Tools for Plaster Repair--A Complete List
Since Big Wally's launch in 2007, we've received a lot of questions from first-time home buyers and ambitious do-it-yourselfers about what tools and materials are needed for a plaster repair project. We admire these people - it's always wise to make sure you have all the tools you need BEFORE you start a project. No one likes getting halfway through, only to realize they're missing a crucial tool (we've all been there).
In honor of the well-prepared, here it is - a full list of everything you'll need to tackle that cracked plaster wall or ceiling with the help of Big Wally's Plaster Magic:
- Drill: It can be cordless or corded, new or old, fancy or plain. As long as it's in good working order and your battery is charged up, you're good to go.
- 3/16 inch masonry bit: This is the tool that trips up the most people. It MUST be a masonry bit. Masonry Bits have a special tip designed to drill through rocky material like plaster. If you try to use the wood or metal bit you have laying around, you will quickly get frustrated. Those bits will dull in mere seconds, leaving the bit useless for any future project. You can purchase masonry bits at any hardware store or home improvement center.
- Philips driver: You'll need a Philips driver for your drill to screw in the clamps that come with your Big Wally's kit (don't worry, screws are provided with the kit).
- Caulking gun: You'll need a way to get Big Wally's adhesive out of the tube. This is the standard caulking gun that you'd use for painter's latex or silicone bathroom sealant.
- Vacuum: Once the holes are drilled in the plaster, you'll need to suck out the debris and dust behind the wall. A shop vac works beautifully, but a standard vacuum with a hose attachment will work.
- Sponge and bucket of water: An old kitchen sponge will do in a pinch, but we recommend picking up a large tiler's sponge from the hardware store or home improvement center.
- Protective glasses: As always, safety first.
- Putty knives: We recommend a few different sizes, just in case. A 2" and 6" knife should be all you need.
- Joint compound: Once the plaster is reattached to the lath, you'll need "mud", as they call it in the business, to fill in the holes and cracks. All-purpose, ready-mixed compound works well.
- Big Wally's Plaster Magic Kit: The most important ingredient! In addition to the adhesive and conditioner, each kit contains clamps and screws to the secure the plaster to the lath. Disposable gloves are also included.
That's it - you are now fully prepared!
Let us know if you have further questions in the comments below, or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy plaster repairing.