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Wall Repair Buying Guide

Before you paint your walls, you'll need to repair any holes or cracks in the surface. Use this buying guide to find the right patching material for your project.

Types of Wall Repair Materials

Types of Wall Repair Materials

There are a variety of materials you can use to patch and repair walls—and in most cases, it's an easy do-it-yourself project. Which product you choose will depend largely on the type of surface you'll be painting. Some materials are designed for drywall, others work well on plaster walls, and still others are ideal for filling holes and cracks in wood surfaces, such as molding and windowsills. Here's a look at the most common products available and where they can be used.

Compounds

These easy-to-apply products are usually the consistency of mud when applied. They're available in both powder and premixed formulas. Patching and spackling compounds are great for repairing small holes and hairline cracks in drywall; joint compounds help seal joints between sheets of drywall; and glazing compounds can be used to form a seal between single-pane glass windows and their wood or metal sashes.

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$1,200.00
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The Hitachi C12RSH 15-Amp 12-Inch Sliding Dual Compound Miter Saw gliding slide system allows for easy handling of large framing p...ieces, and its compound cutting capability provides versatility on the job. The powerful 15-amp motor generates a no-load speed of up to 3,800-RPM for making crosscuts and miters with ease. Hitachi equipped the C12RSH with its exclusive Laser Marker System, which can be activated before the blade is in motion for exact alignment and predictable blade placement. The miter scale ranges between 0 and 46-degrees to the left, 0 and 57-degrees to the right and a micro-miter knob lets you dial in precise angles. The bevel scale ranges from 0 to 45-degrees to the left and right, allowing your material to stay in place while you flip the saw head to make opposing cuts. The pivoting fence rises to a height of 4-11/16-inches to allow for accurate vertical cutting of crown molding and other large work pieces. With its revolutionary compact slide system, the C12RSH requires no rear clearance like other sliding saws. Hitachi's patented fixed rail system allows the saw head to glide smoothly along twin rails, which stay put and do not protrude to the rear of the saw. For precise, safe cutting, a fixed splinter guard increases safety and reduces tear-out for clean, finished cuts, and a comfortable vertical handle with a vibration-reducing elastomer grip prevents slippage and keeps you in control at all times. Other features include a dust collector and easily accessible carbon brushes that will help your saw perform for the long term. This tool includes a 12-inch 32-tooth TCT saw blade, dust bag, 17mm box wrench, and vice assembly. The Hitachi C12RSH 15-Amp 12-Inch Sliding Dual Compound Miter Saw comes with a 1-Year manufacturers warranty. Hitachi Power Tools (Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd.) provides professional-grade power tools and pioneered innovative technologies that have improved the quality of craftsmanship worldwide. read more

Plaster Patching Materials

Several different products can be used to repair cracks and holes in plaster walls. Patching plaster and plaster of Paris are available in powder form that must be mixed with water. Plaster pencils are easy-to-use tools for small cracks.

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$61.98
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Dress up an ordinary wall with an authentic textured wallcovering, creating the look of a artisanal Italian plaster detail.

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General Patching and Repair

Putty, as well as other materials like epoxy and fiberglass patching, can be used to repair holes and cracks in wood and other surfaces. Putty is easy to apply and can be used to repair baseboards and windowsills.

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Buddy Products
$120.58
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Buddy Products is a family-owned, privately-held company located in Chicago, Illinois and has been in business for more than 45 ye...ars. As an innovative manufacturer and marketer of office supplies and furniture, Buddy Products is committed to providing quality products at competitive prices. Keep your valuables protected and secure in the privacy of your home or office with the Buddy Products Economy Wall Safe. The Economy Wall Safe is the first choice for the cost conscious consumer. It features a secure vending lock and 2 keys to help keep your valuables away from wandering hands. This wall safe offers nearly 500 cubic Inches of storage space! The opening measures 12.25 x 6 Inches and the face plate dimensions are 16.375 x 11 Inches. Made in the USA using 30% post-consumer recycled materials. Buddy Products combines quality construction and reliability with affordability to create everything professionals need to maximize productivity and organization in the workplace. read more

Color Putty

Use Color Putty to fill imperfections in woodwork, paneling, furniture and cabinets to achieve a truly polished, finished look you... will be proud of for years. Try test sample before using. Not recommended for table tops or floors. read more

Buddy Products
$164.50
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Buddy Products is a family-owned, privately-held company located in Chicago, Illinois and has been in business for more than 45 ye...ars. As an innovative manufacturer and marketer of office supplies and furniture, Buddy Products is committed to providing quality products at competitive prices. Keep your valuables protected and secure in the privacy of your home or office with the Buddy Products Wall Safe. Each sturdy safe features a double reinforced heavy gauge steel door. The Buddy Products Wall Safe is designed with a recessed dead bolt combination lock eliminating the need to keep track of keys and preventing unauthorized use. Its design provides flush-to-the-wall mounting for easier concealment. This wall safe offers nearly 500 cubic Inches of storage space! The opening measures 12.25 x 6 Inches and the face plate dimensions are 16.375 x 11 Inches. Made in the USA using 30% post-consumer recycled materials. Buddy Products combines quality construction and reliability to create everything professionals need to maximize productivity and organization in the workplace. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

When picking out a wall repair product, you'll want to consider both the wall type and the size of the area that needs to be repaired. Different products work best on different materials, and some compounds are better than others at filling large holes and cracks. Before applying any wall repair product, be sure to properly prepare the surface and take necessary safety precautions as you're working.

Drying Time

As you're comparing wall repair products, consider drying time—the length of time it takes for the product to completely set. Compounds and patching materials are workable only before they dry, so you'll want to make sure you have time to apply the material before it hardens. Some materials, such as plaster of Paris, set very quickly, so you may only be able to mix a small amount of the material at a time. Materials with short drying times may be slightly more difficult for the inexperienced do-it-yourselfer because they require you to work more quickly.

Size of Holes or Cracks

Before purchasing a wall repair product, be sure to inspect the wall surface and consider the size of the area or areas you'll need to repair. Some materials are better for hairline cracks, while other materials can be used on large areas. Plaster pencils, for example, can be used to repair small cracks and holes in plaster and wood, but you'll want to use patching plaster or plaster of Paris if you need to repair a large area of plaster. Similarly, spackling is ideal for hairline cracks, but you may need to use a joint compound or patching compound for larger cracks and holes in drywall.

Surface Type and Preparation

Be sure to choose a repair compound that works well with the surface you intend to repair and paint. Regardless of the surface type, you'll want to make sure the area is clean and dry before starting the repair process.

Safety

Consider picking up some safety tools along with the repair compounds. Plan to work in a well-ventilated area, or use a respirator or mask to protect your lungs. Eye protection and gloves are a good idea, too.

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