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26. Stop a Cracked Plaster Wall in Its Tracks

Fix a crack in a plaster wall before it branches out and causes large sections of wall or ceiling to delaminate, or pull away, from the lath behind it. You can patch the crack with a plaster repair kit—Tom Silva likes Big Wally's Plaser Magic homeowners' pack (about $90;

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The payoff: Save paying a pro the $700 or more it would cost to fix extensive cracks or delamination.
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