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Old 01-03-2011, 01:51 PM   #1
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What's the difference between joint compound and spackle?

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What's the difference between joint compound and spackle?
Different people use different terminology. Things also change depending on the area you are in.

Where I am, they are the same. Joint compound, spackle, mud, etc. The term "Mud" can be used for many different things so it depends on the context.

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Spackle is used more as a filler for nail holes and small imperfections on walls. It dries relatively quickly & is used as a quick-fill product before painting. Joint compound is a gypsum-based product used to fill drywall joints. Most versions of it dry slowly. Occasionally the quick-setting versions can be used much like spackle, but, more often than not, JC is used to finish drywall. I'm not a chemist so I can't tell you the differences in product makeup.
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