How to Use Joint Compound

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Using premixed joint compound is suggested for beginners to home improvement projects. Find out more about using joint compounds with tips from a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) certified technician in this free video on home repair.

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Hi, I'm James with JNC Home Repair. Today I'm going to show you how to use joint compound. First thing you want to do as far as determining what kind of joint compound you want to use. You need to make the decision on whether or not you want to mix it up yourself or if you want to have it premixed. Now the premixed stuff is a little bit more expensive. If you're a contractor and you've got a whole bunch of stuff to do, you may prefer the powdered stuff. OK? The other variable that you want to consider is drawing time. As far as quick set and joint compound are concerned. A regular joint compound it takes about twenty four hours to completely dry. So if you come in and do your first float, you're going to have to wait a day before you can come in and do your second float. And then when, you're going to have wait another day to come in and do your third float. So, you may want to consider using some kind of twenty minute quick set, forty five minute quick set, I think they even have two hour quick set. If you're going to use the twenty minute quick set, your skills need to be pretty good, because if not the mud's going dry up on you faster than you can put it up on the wall. And then you're going to be stuck with a bunch of waisted materials. So, you know, keep that in mind. If you're, if you're a beginner, it's a good, good thing to just go ahead and use the premixed stuff. If you're mixing the stuff yourself you need to go ahead and get it to a consistency about like creamy peanut butter. Kind of thick peanut buttery, that's a good consistency for it to work. If it's too watery, it's going to take forever to dry and if it's too thick you're not going to be able to spread it and it's not going be able to spread smooth. These are some of the ins and outs of applying joint compound.

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