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Building Skills

Building Skills

How to Choose and Mix Ready Mix Joint Compound

comments (0) February 29th, 2012
patrick_mccombe Patrick McCombe, Associate editor

Video Length: 2:10
Produced by: Colin Russell

Ready mix Joint Compound comes in a variety of formulas including all purpose, lightweaight and with dust control.In this Building Skill we're going to talk about ready mix mud and I'll show you how to mix it so it goes on easily and spreads smooth. 

Here are some qualities to consider when choosing between types of drywall mud:

All-purpose joint compound

  • Sands to a smooth finish
  • Resists dents and scuffs
  • Is the heaviest type of compond

Lightweight joint compound

  • Is about 20-lbs. less per 5-gallon pail than regular compund
  • Sands with less effort
  • Doesn't sand as smooth
  • Scratches easily

Dust control

  • Sheds heavier dust when sanding, which tends to fall to the floor instead of staying airborne


There are a couple of common ways to mix compound:

  • A heavy-duty drill fitted with a paddle or auger style mixing attachment is the easiest and most efficient method
  • A large "potato masher" mixer works if you don't have a heavy-duty drill, but it requires more physical effort



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