5 common mistakes to avoid during DIY plaster wall repair

man plastering the ceiling

The main element of your home’s entire foundation is your walls. Therefore, you should never put off plaster repair when you notice even the smallest crack on it.

If it remains unchecked and unrepaired, then you can land up into big trouble down the road. It may ruin the beauty of your home, leading you to spend a fortune. But sometimes, with intending to repair it by yourself, you turn up making mistakes.

Though you make mistakes to learn from it, avoiding them is always a smart idea. Also, understanding the mistakes made by others will help you to know whether this repair work is your cup of tea or not.

If not, then you can call an expert for the same. However, without wasting a single moment, let’s take you to 5 common mistakes to avoid during DIY plaster wall repair.

1. Improper extraction of old plaster

In many plastering projects, we have noticed that homeowners do not remove the old plaster properly. Though it can be tricky, it is a vital step to perform before the repair work.

You’ll not be able to create a sufficient area for patching unless you properly remove the old plaster. Generally, old plaster has a strong bond with the elements present beneath it.

Therefore, you can slowly rip out the chunks of the components (typically bricks) as you remove the plaster.

To remove it with precision, you can use a hammer and chisel and cut at least an inch of the old plaster around the damaged area. It would be a little time consuming but a lot faster than rebuilding the collapsed wall.

2. Lack of usage of blending techniques

Some homeowners assume that patching the plaster wall, then repainting the repaired area and the work is finished. No, that’s another common mistake which you can also make.

The repaired area can look spattered when applied to the old plaster without proper blending techniques. Therefore, to avoid this, follow the below-given steps after the repair work:

– Add a drywall tape on the repaired area along the edges of a patch to create an invisible seam between those two sections.
– After that, ensure that your plaster patch is not undersized. If it is, then add more plaster layers.

Do not get frustrated as you may need to spend a lot of time adding layers of plaster patch or removing the thicker one.
For that, you need to properly learn to fix a hole or crack in a plaster wall. And to be frank, in this process, you need to be tolerant to get successful results…
 
 
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