About The Drywall Repair Plug - Drywall Repair Kit - Sheetrock Repair Patch
The Drywall Repair Plug is not a drywall patch or kit. Unlike a drywall patch that hides the damage, the Drywall Plug is like a presto type patch that actually plugs the hole! Because this is not a kit, there is no need to pay for extra unnecessary items. The Drywall Plug (Patch) makes a once difficult repair easy and invisible! Just like magic . . . “PRESTO” the hole is gone! It is always a good idea to use fresh name-brand Joint Compound from the hardware store, 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 METAL SCREEN 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.
DRYWALL REPAIR MADE EASY!!
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!
Click HERE for Compound vs. Paste or Spackling definition
Understanding Compound vs. Paste
What is drywall joint compound, or “mud”?
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.
Two Types of Pre-Mixed Drywall Joint Compound…
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!
Quick-Setting Drywall Compound… or “Hot Mud”
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!)
Drywall Plug – Wall Installation
SUPPLIES needed: Joint Compound, fine drywall sand paper, and if needed texture. DO NOT use “PASTE” or “SPACKLING”
TOOLS needed: Utility knife, trowel and pencil.
1. Remove Drywall PlugTM from foam packaging.
2. Use template packaging and center it over damaged area.
3. With a pencil, trace a circle around the damaged area (Pic 1)
4. Inspect cutting area behind drywall, to avoid cutting wires, studs, pipes, etc.
5. With a cutting tool (utility knife or drywall saw) cut along the “OUTSIDE” of the pencil line (Pic 2)
6. Remove cut pieces of drywall and paper, then test plug in new hole. (Cut hole larger if necessary.)
7. Lay plug on level surface, paper side down, and apply Joint Compound along edge of drywall AND paper. Be sure to have a consistent amount (1/8″ or more) to seal plug in hole. Remember, DO NOT USE Paste, Light Weight Compound or Spackle. (Pic 3)
8. Slowly work plug into hole, careful not to push plug in too far.
9. Using a trowel working from the center to the outside, squeeze the excess Joint Compound to the outer edges. If bubbles appear, lift paper and add more Joint Compound.(Pic 4)
10. Once paper is flat on the surface and starting from the middle, working out toward the plug’s edges, apply a generous amount of Joint Compound and spread it covering the entire plug. Smooth and let Joint Compound dry for at least 8 hours or as recommended by manufacturer (Pic 5)
11. Sand. (texture if needed) and paint. (Pic 6)
DO NOT INSTALL the Drywall PlugTM in temperatures below 45° F or above 85° F
This product is designed for use with drywall and is not suitable for use with lath or plaster.
FAQ – Drywall Plug
IS THE DRYWALL PLUG AVAILABLE IN STORES?
Yes! Drywall Plugs are quickly becoming available in stores throughout the United States and Canada. In 2011 plug became available in Canada and in 2012 we anticipate adding Australia, Indonesia, and parts of Europe.
CAN YOU NAME ME SOME STORES?
Some of the more popular stores are:
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
CAN ANYONE INSTALL YOU DRYWALL PLUGS?
Anyone who has common sense and basic skills can use our drywall repair product. The individual should be confident with using a cutting tool and be able to hold on to a trowel. Those qualities should cover most adults male & female, young and seasoned in years. The Drywall Plug was designed to make drywall repairs simple for the non-professional to use and still get professional results.
WHY IS THE DRYWALL PLUG BETTER THAN PATCHES?
Unlike paper or metal patches, the Drywall Plug is a true permanent repair. It fixes drywall with real drywall. There is no cracking and the damaged area can be used as it was originally intended. The Drywall Plug is the only product that can return the structural integrity back to the damaged area. Although some products claim to be a permanent repair, no other product on the market is truly made of drywall. This is not a quick temporary fix, this is a quick permanent drywall repair that can support a picture, a mirror or even a towel rack just like it would before it was damaged.
WHY DO I NEED TO CUT SUCH A LARGE HOLE WHEN MY HOLE IS SMALLER?
Even though the hole on the front looks small, behind the damage, the hole is really much larger. All of the damaged drywall needs to be cut away and this includes the fractured drywall that cannot be seen. By cutting away all the damage, the Drywall Plug can then return the structural integrity to the damaged area.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER WAYS YOUR PLUG CAN BE USED FOR?
Yes. When plumbing is an issue and a pipe may need to be tightened or repaired, the 6-7/8in plug is great for opening up the wall, making the plumbing repair and closing it back up quick and easy. The same goes for running wires behind walls for home theaters, intercom systems, telephone wires, security systems and much more.
WHAT PROFESSIONAL WOULD CONSIDER USING DRYWALL PLUGS?
It has been reported that plugs have been used by electricians, insulation blowers, phone companies, cable companies, sound technicians, landlords, property management companies, college maintenance dept., handymen, plumbers, painters, roofing companies, home remodelers, house flippers and exterminators.
HOW LONG DO I WAIT TO ADD THE TOP COAT ONCE THE PLUG IS IN THE WALL?
You don’t wait. As soon as you have installed the Drywall Plug and the paper is flush against the wall, IMMEDIATELY and lightly apply the top coat. The smoother you apply the compound the less sanding you have to do when it dries. Make sure you cover the “ENTIRE” paper circle. The Drywall Plug was meant for a ONE step installation and the next step to sand and paint.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “COMPOUND” VS. “PASTE OR SPACKLE”?
Paste or Spackle is designed to act as a “filler”. It’s mainly designed to fill small holes made by nails or shallow scratches and depressions. “COMPOUND” is what is used for drywall installation/repair by all major contractors who work with drywall. One big reason Spackle became popular is because most Do-It-Yourselfers wanted something that didn’t take as long as compound to dry. However, nothing beats the smooth finish and great look compound gives in large area applications. When you use compound, the Drywall Plug brings back the structural integrity in the damaged area. The repair will become as solid as it was BEFORE the damage was made. It is truly the only “PERMANENT” drywall repair product on the market.
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.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE DRYWALL PLUGTM (BLUE) AND THE FIREGUARD DRYWALL PLUGTM (RED)?
The BLUE packaged Drywall Plug is made of 1/2″ drywall. This is mostly commonly used for residential wall and ceiling repairs. The FIREGUARD Drywall Plug is made of 5/8″ drywall and used where a fire wall is damaged. Places in a home may be the garage or ceiling between the lower level and upper floor of a multi-story home. Commercial buildings, elevator shafts, hospitals, dorms, schools, hotels, etc. have firewalls that must maintain a specified fire rating. Using the FIREGUARD Drywall Plug will allow a quick “permanent” repair that “MAINTAINS” the fire rating without the costly stud to stud repair. So the difference is:
BLUE = Residential Drywall Plug for typical drywall repairs
RED = Firewall repairs that need to maintain the fire rating
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS IMPORTED?
Everything we produce is made in the United States. From the raw materials to the labor to the packaging, all is made in the United States.
How To Use
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.
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.