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Old 12-15-2011, 11:43 PM   #1
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Couple of days ago, I started filling a 1/4" - 1/2" gap at the ceiling/wall with lightweight joint compund (blue lid), thinking to "build up" the space for taping. Is 3 days enough dry time before the second coat, however AFter reading alot of posts, it has been suggested the blue lid shouldn't be used for filling/taping, but rather Durabond or any other "setting" type of compound. Should I continue with the "blue lid" compound or switch over to durabond -- can I add durabond to the already installed (very small amount) of joint compound?

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Just remember if your'e sloppy Durabond is hard to sand.
I wouldn't switch...
And 3 days is enough

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Thanks. That's what I thought. Should I also use the jc with the green lid. Have read that it's preferred for taping, 1st and 2nd coat whereas the green lid is more for the last coat.
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Thanks. That's what I thought. Should I also use the jc with the green lid. Have read that it's preferred for taping, 1st and 2nd coat whereas the green lid is more for the last coat.
Yeah. It's pretty much the same, little easier to spread, little easier to sand still yet.
It doesn't hurt to add a little water to it if it feels a little thick (if it kind of rolls up on itself when you try to spread it).
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I can't add more to what Titanmen has said. I typically use USG green lid joint compound, just mixed for taping, then add water to my liking for coats 2 and 3. I've never had any problems. just personal preferences I guess?

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Hold the "Real Drywallers of Wherever" phone for a second. You are not suggesting he automatically tape a corner because 3 days cure time should be enough for whatever lid color are you? What if the guys wall/ceiling are exterior with limited insulation? You guys sure 3 days is enough for a heavily laid in glob of premix? I think I would encourage him to wait until it at least looked dry on the wall side?
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wait a second! the lady is filling a gap 1/4-1/2" not filling the Nile River here. she said filling in gap getting ready to tape? not exact words.

you could finish drywall in an outside storage shed, no insulation, and it'd dry in 3 days with the doors closed, even if rained.
she could've filled it and taped the next day, so the drying mud sucks the tape in a bit? simply recoat if needed?

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wait a second! the lady is filling a gap 1/4-1/2" not filling the Nile River here. she said filling in gap getting ready to tape? not exact words.

you could finish drywall in an outside storage shed, no insulation, and it'd dry in 3 days with the doors closed, even if rained.
she could've filled it and taped the next day, so the drying mud sucks the tape in a bit? simply recoat if needed?

the op can decide what they're satisfied with
Thank you. I couldn't have said that any better.
Like the op can't figure out if it dry or not.


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