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,
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
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