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Old 05-09-2019, 09:11 PM   #1
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Does anybody know why plaster washers are impossible to find lately? (In my part of Ontario anyway)
Home depot doesn't even have a sku for them anymore, my neighbourhood hardware store has been trying for months to get them with no luck, and, the local masonry store is "all out"... They claim they need to beef up their order with other random things before they'll put it in but they're confident they'll be able to get more... but the fact that they're out is weird. And I don't believe them.
I really like them for plaster repairs and there's nothing like them...
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My local store sells them in packs of 25. And, I can also get them at my local hardware store...but those ones are terrible. The do not flatten out. I am Massachusetts. I find that if HD is not selling a ton of the item they will not sell it. How many home owners use plaster buttons. And the logic of what they sell dumbfounds me. I had a textured ceiling to fix. The sold the texture, but not the hopper to spray the texture.

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Are there Restoration Hardware stores in Ontario? They always have them. A commercial drywall supply should have them too.
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My local store sells them in packs of 25. And, I can also get them at my local hardware store...but those ones are terrible. The do not flatten out. I am Massachusetts. I find that if HD is not selling a ton of the item they will not sell it. How many home owners use plaster buttons. And the logic of what they sell dumbfounds me. I had a textured ceiling to fix. The sold the texture, but not the hopper to spray the texture.

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Yes! I think Home Depot relies totally on algorithms that tell them how fast an item is selling and if it doesn't sell at a certain rate they get rid of it. Considering I've had a million experiences with them not having something that their computer says they have I have no idea why they do anything that they do!
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Are there Restoration Hardware stores in Ontario? They always have them. A commercial drywall supply should have them too.
There's a huge one in Toronto but it seems like a big showroom for furniture etc
And to get to it you have to go to a shopping centre that is so big and busy it takes days to recover from the experience.
The commercial drywall place is the place that's out and needs to fill the order before they get more. And the other commercial/contractor sales store said they have had no luck getting any, all their sources have dried up!
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You can get a 25 pack on Amazon for $9 plus shipping. https://www.amazon.com/d/Pressure-Wa...unt/B0053Q9QR4
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The last time I needed them I had to go to Amazon, I'm in the St.Catherines area of ON.

https://www.amazon.ca/s?k=plaster+wa..._sb_ss_sc_1_16
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Ya thanks!
That's what I'm going to do. I just don't know why so many places used to have them and now they don't.
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That's what I'm going to do. I just don't know why so many places used to have them and now they don't.

Shoddy painters not doing proper prep? Maybe?
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Shoddy painters not doing proper prep? Maybe?
You know you're probably right!
Considering how many cracks I've seen/fixed that just had mud caked on... granted they weren't all done by painters but some were
Maybe there ARE only 3 people in town who use the plaster washers...
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Are you guys actually following through with the plaster repair system that utilizes these washers? LOL! By the time I got done drilling the holes, pumping in the sealer, squeezing in the adhesive and screwing in the washers, I could have removed the plaster and replaced it with drywall.

Back in the 80's, when I repaired a lot of sagging plaster in San Francisco dwellings, I used to use drywall screws and metal washers to support the loose plaster. But typically, we would just demo out the plaster and replace with drywall. In other words, I wouldn't sweat not getting these patented products. the local hardware probably has something that would be just as sufficient.

And as far as those plaster "buttons" that don't flatten out, they're probably designed for adhesive systems that are intended to be removed once the adhesive cures.
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I haven't tried the "system" you're referring to...
I like the washers because they are way more effective than drywall screws alone. And using drywall wouldn't be great for snaking cracks. Unless it was a gut job
Plus I believe that hiding drywall in a plaster wall would be somehow dishonest and even impure.
The truth is I really like the whole process of fixing stuff up
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Are there Restoration Hardware stores in Ontario? They always have them. A commercial drywall supply should have them too.
The word is that Restoration Hardware is now just called RA and doesn't really sell hardware anymore. It mostly sells cheap designer knockoffs that are way overpriced and like many things are made in China, even though they try to pass them off as Made in America.

They have a lot of scathing reviews online! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/19/s...mentsContainer

https://www.resellerratings.com/stor...ation_Hardware
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