A few weeks ago, Rory was called to a circa 1900 home to repair a hole in a plaster wall. The hole was formed when a careless electrician used a sawzall to cut a space for a light switch. The vibration of the saw caused damage, resulting in an approximately 12" diameter hole that needed to be stabilized and filled in with new plaster.
Here's a video tutorial of the entire plaster repair and patching process.
Rory was called to a circa 1900 home to repair a hole in a plaster wall. The hole was formed when a careless electrician used a sawzall to cut a space for a light switch. The vibration of the saw caused damage, resulting in an approximately 12″ diameter hole that needed to be stabilized and filled in with new plaster.
After stabilizing the lath and plaster with Big Wally's adhesive, Rory was ready to move on to part two, which involved applying patching plaster. Using Big Wally's patching plaster, which is specially designed to be flexible and bond with existing historic plaster, Rory filled in the hole with a "rough draft" of sorts, also known as a "scratch coat".
Recently, Rory was called to a circa 1900 home to repair a hole in a plaster wall. The hole was created when a careless electrician used a sawzall to cut a space for a light switch. The vibration of the saw caused damage, resulting in an approximately 12″ diameter hole that needed to be stabilized and filled in with new plaster.
Using Big Wally’s patching plaster, which is specially designed to be flexible and bond with existing historic plaster, Rory filled in the hole with a “rough draft” of sorts, also known the “scratch coat”. After letting the scratch coat dry overnight, he was ready to move on to the third and final step: applying the finish coat.
Do you still need building permits if you're repairing cracked plaster walls or ceilings? As long as you're not doing any structural renovation, the answer is generally no, you do not building permits. Just ask Mike, a Big Wally's customer.
We recently got an email from Mike, who had an interesting experience while on a plaster repair job in Boston. As if there aren't enough reasons to preserve historic plaster instead of tearing it out and putting up drywall or new plaster...
For years and years, an “accepted” method of plaster crack repair has been used among building specialists and contractors. Perfectly respectable contractors that do quality work use this method, simply because they don’t know that there’s a better way. Big Wally’s is here today to tell you why this method is incorrect.
We received a question recently from a customer about to start a renovation that involved plaster repair. He asked: “If a renovator disrupts 6 square feet or less of painted surface per room in several rooms inside one property, does the RRP Rule apply?”
First, some background. The RRP Rule is the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. It was issued by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2008 to help protect against the hazards of lead-based paint.
Out and about on plaster repair jobs, we sometimes come across "situations" that have us scratching our heads in wonder. And sometimes, the situations are so interesting, we have to snap a photo. Here is one such photo. Can you tell us what's wrong in this picture?
What kind of tools do you need for plaster repair with Big Wally's? It's actually not that long a list - as a homeowner you may already have everything you need. If you're a contractor, you're certainly ready to jump right in. Most everything you need comes in the Plaster Magic kit. Beyond that, you'll need some cool, clean water and a mixing bucket or pail for the patching plaster. It's also wise to wear safety glasses.
In the following video, Rory Brennan, the founder of Big Wally's Plaster Magic, will walk you through the things you'll need. He'll also give you some quick tips on how to use the spray-in conditioner, the adhesive and the patching plaster.
Our plaster repair tip for today is coming straight from a new customer.
It's funny... we've been working with Big Wally's for so long, we think we know everything there is to know. That's why it's so great to hear from new users with innovative tips and tricks to make plaster ceiling repair even easier (or in this case, a whole lot less messy). We would have never thought of this one...
We're happy to announce the release of our new, specially-formulated patching plaster. Rory, the founder of Big Wally's, has been developing it through trial and error for many many years. But finally, a patching plaster that is designed specifically to complement old and historic plaster is available for purchase.
At this time of year in Vermont, where Big Wally’s is homebased, we see winter in full force. While beautiful, it can also wreak havoc on homes. Many of the plaster repair projects we approach are caused by water damage. The moisture comes from many sources, but one of the most common is the pesky ice dam: a buildup of ice on a roof’s valleys and eaves that causes leaks.
With Big Wally’s specially formulated patching plaster now on the market, we thought we’d offer some special patching tips. It wasn’t easy, but we’ve pried these ultra-useful tips from Rory’s “bag of tricks”. These are some simple methods he’s learned from over 25 years experience in the plaster repair field.
Most of these tips come from those “ah ha!” moments during a plaster repair job, when you say out loud, “why didn’t I think of this before?!” Simple. Effective. Easy.