Some products help us use other products or materials more efficiently. For example, drywall clips allow the elimination of corner studs, engineered stair stringers reduce lumber waste, and concrete pigments and polishing systems can turn concrete slabs into attractive finished floors. We also recognize some products, like vacuum plumbing systems, which use less material than their conventional counterparts. Many products with this attribute are fairly unique, so we bring a skeptical eye to manufacturer claims, but not a specific standard.
Big Wally's Plaster Magic is an adhesive system used to stabilize and repair cracked plaster in walls and ceilings. Recommended application instructions involve drilling holes into the plaster around the crack and spraying the company’s alcohol-based acrylic conditioner into the holes. Once cured, an acrylic adhesive is injected into the holes using a caulking gun. Plastic plaster “clamps” are then screwed into wall to pull the plaster against the lathe where it is secured by the adhesive. After the adhesive dries, the clamps are removed and the cracks are stable enough to be filled with joint compound.
Lime plasters can have slightly lower embodied energy than portland-cement-based plasters, and they don't include petroleum-based ingredients, as acrylic plasters do. Integral natural pigments obviate the need for painting.
Products listed here include natural lime plasters and wall coatings made from ingredients such as clay, sand, and cellulose.
Repairing old plaster is preferable to material-intensive replacement, so some plaster repair systems are also included.
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