Difference in wall-repair products (spackle, etc.)

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by hillacc@yahoo.com, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. Guest

    You may remember my adventures in towel-bar hanging. While buying yet
    another can of spackle, I got to wondering about all the different
    kinds and the advantages/disadvantages/applications for each.

    For example, there is "light" spackle, which is moist and literally
    feels light (the tub weighs little). There is "vinyl" spackle. There
    is dry spackle that needs water added. There is plaster. There is
    water putty. And more.

    Can someone enlighten this DIY newbie about which ones are for what
    kinds of repairs? Is there one type that is preferred over all? Is it
    just a matter of preference/price?

    Thanks in advance,
    Jo Ann
    , Apr 26, 2006
    #1
  2. Goedjn Guest

    On 26 Apr 2006 05:41:25 -0700, "" <>
    wrote:

    >You may remember my adventures in towel-bar hanging. While buying yet
    >another can of spackle, I got to wondering about all the different
    >kinds and the advantages/disadvantages/applications for each.
    >
    >For example, there is "light" spackle, which is moist and literally
    >feels light (the tub weighs little). There is "vinyl" spackle. There
    >is dry spackle that needs water added. There is plaster. There is
    >water putty. And more.
    >
    >Can someone enlighten this DIY newbie about which ones are for what
    >kinds of repairs? Is there one type that is preferred over all? Is it
    >just a matter of preference/price?
    >


    I found that the lightweight spackle shrinks as it dries, so that
    you can't use it to fill large voids. I like plain old plaster
    for pretty much everything, but you have to mix it up,
    which some people don't have time for.
    Goedjn, Apr 26, 2006
    #2
  3. Spackle is mainly used for small nail or screw holes. In other words
    just small jobs.

    Drywall compound is what you would need for a joint that will need
    joint tape and any job beyond a few small nail or screw holes.

    Sheetrock DuraBond 45 (or any other number) is used when you have a
    joint that needs to be resistant to humidity. When dry this is very
    hard and difficult to sand. A bathroom is a good example of where
    this could be used. The number is the working time for the product
    after mixing is complete.

    Plaster is good for plaster repair and is also very difficult to sand
    when dry. If you plan on using plaster I suggest you practice a lot
    first because it ain't easy to get it smooth without sanding.

    There are many other products for special applications but drywall
    compound and Sheetrock Durabond 45 are my two choices for basically
    everything.

    YMMV

    On 26 Apr 2006 05:41:25 -0700, "" <>
    wrote:

    >You may remember my adventures in towel-bar hanging. While buying yet
    >another can of spackle, I got to wondering about all the different
    >kinds and the advantages/disadvantages/applications for each.
    >
    >For example, there is "light" spackle, which is moist and literally
    >feels light (the tub weighs little). There is "vinyl" spackle. There
    >is dry spackle that needs water added. There is plaster. There is
    >water putty. And more.
    >
    >Can someone enlighten this DIY newbie about which ones are for what
    >kinds of repairs? Is there one type that is preferred over all? Is it
    >just a matter of preference/price?
    >
    >Thanks in advance,
    >Jo Ann
    Gordon Shumway, Dec 29, 2008
    #3

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