Step 2: Prime and seal

prime and seal the area
Photo: David Carmack
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Put on safety goggles and disposable gloves, then spray-pump a stream of the acrylic conditioner into each of the holes (but not into any you've marked). One or two squeezes should be enough. Spray the edges of the crack, too, and clean up drips with a wet sponge. Wait 10 minutes for the milk-thin conditioner to soak into the plaster and wood.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/ driver with 3⁄16-inch masonry bit

    • eye goggles
      Safety goggles

    • latex gloves
      Disposable gloves

    • caulk gun
      Caulk gun

    • putty knife
      Putty knife

    Shopping List

    1. Acrylic conditioner

    2. Adhesive (like Big Wally's Plaster Magic, used here)

    3. 2-inch plastic washer

    4. 1 5/8-inch drywall screw

    5. Joint compound