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Old 09-25-2013, 12:22 PM   #1
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I know joint compound does not keep well, and after a while it dries up or turn gray.

I bought a 1 gallon bucket about a year ago, used it to patch a few areas, used hardly 2% of it. So I closed the lid and and put a paint can over it and forgotten about it.

Now I have a need to patch a wall again, and I fully expect the bucket to have dried up. Imagine my surprise when I opened it, it didn't, it's still white, but it's much more watery. I have never seen this before. No odor either.

Can I still use it or is it gone?

Again, I only need a little, the size of a small ice cream scoopful, and that's why I am trying to avoid buying another bucket and toss most of it away.

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Did it freeze?

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Nope never frozen always stay warm in my garage in Miami.
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Nope never frozen always stay warm in my garage in Miami.
What you have isn't unusual - leave drywall mud sitting for a while and the water separates. Just mix it up good and you should be OK.
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i am using buckets that i bought and used this time last year. they are like new.
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well, wouldn't ya know it. i jinxed myself. since one bucket was fine, i ASSumed the other was also. but NOOOOO. the ultralightweight was moldy.
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Scrap the moldy off, mix and use. To prevent mold in the future, clean the sides of the bucket, add enough water to cover the mud and add a capful of bleach, seal bucket.
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Scrap the moldy off, mix and use.

To prevent mold in the future, clean the sides of the bucket, add enough water to cover the mud and add a capful of bleach, seal bucket.
hmmm, didn't know that could be done. but i don't have to. i bought a bucket of blue lid. as a side thought = what if someone needed it. could they clear the mold, then dump the rest into a bucket of other mud ?


yeah, that is what i am going to do next time.

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