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Tools Needed for Plaster Repair with Plaster Magic

What kind of tools do you need for plaster repair with Plaster Magic®?

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. Continue reading Tools Needed for Plaster Repair with Plaster Magic

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Q-Tips: Not Just for Ears

Our plaster repair tip for today is coming straight from a new customer.

It’s funny… we’ve been working with Plaster Magic® 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… Continue reading Q-Tips: Not Just for Ears

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Patching Plaster Released

We’re happy to announce the release of our new, specially-formulated Plaster Magic®Patching Plaster. Rory, the founder of Plaster Magic®, 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.

We’ve seen a terrible lack of market for patching holes and large cracks in plaster walls and ceilings.

But no more.  Continue reading Patching Plaster Released

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Top 5 Tips for Ice Dam Prevention – Stop Plaster Damage in Its Tracks

At this time of year in Vermont, where Plaster Magic® is based, 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. Continue reading Top 5 Tips for Ice Dam Prevention – Stop Plaster Damage in Its Tracks

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4 Simple Tips for Plaster Patching

With Plaster Magic® specially formulated Plaster Magic® 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 30 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. Continue reading 4 Simple Tips for Plaster Patching

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Paper Clip Story

How do I tell how much space I have between the plaster and lath?

Straighten the long leg of a large paperclip out, then bend the tip into a 1/8” “L”. Drill a hole through the plaster until it hits the wood lath. (You may feel the drill jump a little bit if there is space between the plaster and lath.)

Stick the bent end of the paperclip into the hole until it hits the lath. Then, using a marker, make a mark on the paperclip, where the plaster surface meets the paperclip. Next pull the paperclip out of the hole until the “L” catches on the back side of the plaster. Make another mark where the plaster surface meets the paperclip.

The distance between those two marks is how far the plaster is from the lath.