The Drywall Repair Plug is not a drywall kit. Unlike a drywall kit, there is no need to pay for extra unnecessary items. Drywall kit compound is usually a lesser quality generic compound that may leave undesirable results. Fresh name-brand Joint Compound from the hardware store is always better, but there are many times there is left over Joint Compound sitting on the shelf in the garage. Since 90% of drywall do-it-yourself individuals already have Joint Compound, a utility knife, pencil or pen and a $2 putty knife, why buy them again? The best drywall repair product is the Drywall Plug. Use it to fix holes in drywall (sheet rock) ceilings and walls without the unnecessary purchase of items that you already have.
Have you ever tried a "DRYWALL REPAIR PATCH"? A drywall (sheet rock) repair patch only hides the damage. It is a temporary fix that cannot return the drywall's integrity. A drywall (sheet rock) patched area cannot be used to re-hang pictures or towel holders. A drywall repair patch simply allows you to fill the hole with repair spackle. When compared to the Drywall Repair Plug, a drywall patch actually takes longer to install. Many times you need to apply 2-3 coats to cover it. The drywall patch will not return the structural integrity to the damaged surface and in some cases may cause more damage in the future. When drywall is damaged, it needs to be removed. This includes the fractures you can't see. Saving a few dollars on a typical wall patch will only get inferior results. The Drywall Repair Plug can not be considered a patch. It is a complete and permanent drywall repair product, similar to what has been used for years by professional drywall repairmen. An age old method of drywall repair called a "blow-out" patch is now available to replace drywall repair patches and clips as the BEST (sheet rock) drywall repair product on the market.
Search YouTube and watch the video on repairing holes in drywall (sheet rock). Many of them show you how to make your own drywall (sheet rock) style repair plug. However, home made drywall repair plugs made with standard drywall (sheet rock) lack the important paper design that the Drywall Repair Plug has. This important piece is the key to insuring a lasting bond to a painted surface, and the return of structural integrity to the damaged area. The Drywall Plug is a simple and complete product for getting fast and professional results. Although you can get average results with home made plugs, only the Drywall plug gives you the advantage of not needing to buy a separate sheet of drywall and keeps the guesswork out. With a round design, the Drywall Repair Plug allows for an easy finish. Plugs with square edges have a tendency to catch and lift, making it harder to finish with professional looking results. One Drywall Repair Plug can take less than 5 minutes to install, and can last as long as the wall itself. Watch how easy it is on the video demo on the Home Page. You will never use a drywall repair patch or drywall clip ever again!
The Drywall Repair Plug will forever change the future of drywall repair including fixing holes in walls and ceilings. Holes in residential garages and in ceiling between floors in multi-story homes should use the Fireguard Plug. The Fireguard Plugs was designed for maintenance workers in hotels, apartments, dorms, schools and businesses. The Fireguard Plug is the only product that maintains the fire rating in commercial fire walls. Contractors will increase their drywall repair time, allowing better drywall repairs to be made faster, with less labor.
In the United States - Lowe's, Menards, Friedman's, Fred Meyer and True Value Hardware
In Australia - Mitre 10 and Bunnings
In Canada - Home Hardware and Benjamin Moore Paints
The Drywall Plug is rapidly becoming the "BEST" and "ONLY" way for Do-It-Yourselfers to make a "PERMANENT" repair in less than 10 minutes
NOTE: For those who need a "QUICK" repair, use 20 MINUTE JOINT COMPOUND. Repairs can be made and finished in less than ONE HOUR, depending on experience and conditions.
BLUE = Residential Drywall Plug for typical drywall repairs
RED = Firewall repairs that need to maintain the fire rating
Whether you call it "Patching a hole" or "Fixing Drywall" any Do-It-Yourself weekend handyman can make a Professional Drywall Repair in minutes without a big expense. Drywall Repair has never been easier!
Needed tools include a pencil, 4-inch putty knife, utility knife, sandpaper, small bucket of drywall compound (DO NOT use "PASTE" or "SPACKLING") and either a 3-7/8" diameter or a 6-7/8" diameter Drywall Repair Plug. Most of these tools already hang over the garage work bench, so the expense is very minimal, usually just the price of the Drywall Repair plug and the compound (mud).
The Drywall Repair Plug is the only product on the market that can claim to "Return the Structural Integrity" back to the damaged area. For example, if the damaged area was where the end of a towel holder was screwed into, when the repair was completed, it could be returned to its original location as if the area was never damaged and hold up to daily use again. Unlike other drywall repair products, the Drywall Repair plug is the only "PERMANENT" repair!
First: unwrap the drywall Repair Plug from its packaging. The foam packaging is the template you will need to determine the size and the location of the hole you want to cut out. Place the template over the damaged area a trace the circle around the damaged drywall.
NOTE: Make sure there are no electrical wires, cable wires, plumbing pipes etc. before you begin cutting.
Second: with a utility knife or a drywall saw, cut out the circle you just drew. Remove all the loose drywall pieces and smooth out the sides from rough cut drywall paper.
Third: BEFORE apply compound to the Drywall Repair Plug, place the Drywall Repair Plug into the hole you just cut to make sure it fits properly. Trim the sides of the drywall hole as needed.
Fourth: Remove the Drywall Repair Plug and apply a generous amount of compound completely around the edge of the drywall piece of the Drywall Repair Plug, where the paper meets the plug.
Fifth: Insert the Drywall Repair Plug into the hole again and from the center of the plug, begin squeezing out the excess compound with the putty knife to the outer edges of the paper. Once the paper rests flat on the surface, immediately apply another coat over the top of the entire Drywall Repair Plug. Smooth the best you can, ignoring any slight wrinkles in the paper. Let dry overnight.
NOTE: The paper may wrinkle slightly, but the Drywall Repair Plug owns the patent in this specially made paper that actually adheres to a painted surface and when it dries the repair will be smooth.
Sixth: Sand the drywall repair smooth. Add texture if desired and paint.
Inserting the Drywall Repair Plug should take less than 10 minutes for the first-time user. Once the installer has completely installed their first Drywall Repair Plug, most future Drywall Repair Plugs are installed in 5-6 minutes.
Drywall compound is a water-based paste that is used to cover seams, holes and make repairs in walls, ceilings anywhere drywall is used. It is available premixed in containers up to 5 gal., or as a powder that is mixed with water.
It is a combination of some or all of the following materials: limestone, dolomite, water, perlite, vinyl polymers and crystalline silica. The combination of these materials gives drywall compound good adhesive properties, limited flexibility, and a hard, smooth surface for painting. When primed and painted, it is almost indistinguishable from the drywall it has been spread on!
Prior to 1980, many joint compound formulations contained asbestos, which is a known carcinogen under some conditions and for some people. Though modern compounds contain no asbestos, care should be taken when doing repairs that might raise dust in older buildings.
There are two versions of premixed drywall compound on the market today, standard joint compound and so-called lightweight joint compound.
Standard drywall joint compound is the original product for finishing drywall seams and nail holes. It dries very slowly, especially under cool conditions. It is very soft when applied but dries very hard. Because of its initial softness, it has a tendency to sag badly if applied heavily. Thus, it is not the product of choice for filling holes or seams unless tape is used.
Lightweight drywall joint compound (a.k.a. "Spackling Paste"), is quite a different animal. Due to its different composition, it is much firmer out-of-the-can than standard joint compound and can be used to fill cracks or holes with little sagging. This property makes it ideal for nail size hole in the wall repairs. However, when dry it is not as hard as standard drywall compound, so many drywall installation professionals prefer to use standard joint compound for everyday use.
Both of these products are available in dry formulations that you mix with water. For the average homeowner or handyman, though, I see little advantage in purchasing the powder when using the premixed product is so easy!
Usually in a powder that you mix with water, this product is a very different animal! Many professionals love this product because it sets much more quickly than either standard or lightweight joint compound. A skilled taper can easily do a complete bedroom size room in as little a one day!
It can be purchased in formulas with various setting times... 20-30min, 30-60min and 60-120min. In some markets, a powdered accelerator can be added which can shorten setting time to as little as 10 minutes! Obviously, this is too quick for doing entire rooms, but it can sure speed up small repairs. (Be sure to read the instructions before trying the accelerator... improper mixing will negate the effect, according to most manufacturers!)
As mentioned earlier, asbestos was removed from all joint compounds by 1980, though care should be taken when making repairs in older buildings. Inhaling dusts of any type in quantity can pose respiratory problems. Minimizing sanding through good application techniques, wearing quality dust masks, collecting dust using vacuums and masking rooms with tarps all help to control the inhalation of dust and movement of dusts through the home during repairs. Wearing hand protection is also advised.