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Old 03-14-2013, 08:05 AM   #1
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different bathroom than the other one I yammered on about.

In the 2nd bathroom, on a whim I pulled a thick pc of wallpaper off the soffit area over the shower. Wow. A chunk of heavy stuff came off exposing a 2" metal grid that was underneath.

Instead of my usual go to patching spackle I might buy some joint compound now. From experience in the first bathroom I know I'll be needing to patch in spots.

Is there a brand recommended and does it come in small, like quart pots, that I'm likely to find at HD or SW? Is it ready mixed?

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#1 Spackle is only for small holes, like nail holes.
You need to post a picture, sure sounds like you may have plaster not drywall.
http://www.usg.com/sheetrock-all-pur...-compound.html

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You can use JC on plaster or drywall.It comes in gallons and five gallons ready mixed.I have seen it in quarts but you should buy a gallon.Probably more than enough.
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Really, if I had known about it when I first began on this house I may have used a gallon. But, now that I'm winding down and only have the 2nd bath to do I don't need much.

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I think we can agree that "spackle" is a generic term, both a noun and a verb, that describes any type of patching compound applied to any surface and the act of applying it. It would be the substrate requirement that determines the spackle specification. This isn't a rocket science forum, let's keep it simple.
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One thing to keep in mind is it is going to take 2 or 3 coats. From the sounds of it this is a deep or large spot. If you try to use it too thick it will crack.
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I'll bet you could but a gallon as cheap.But if you don't need it,and it won't keep long,go for the quart.
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Joint compound takes a long time to dry. If you have a large hole that you are patching, you should use plaster first but be sure to do it neatly and not apply too much...because it's really tough to sand down. The plaster will be rock solid in less than an hour. Then cover over that with a couple of coats of joint compound. I use the 5 gallon green lid stuff from Home Depot. I'm sure its all the same.
If you decide to fill it with joint compound, it'll work, but it could take a week to fully dry depending on how big the area is that your filling. Joint compound also shrinks quite a bit when it dries so it'll crack.
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i'd fill it with sheetrock(easy sand) 20 then give it a quick skim with a premixed joint compound.
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it's not actually a hole. It's where the wallpaper pulled off stuff covering a metal mesh wire that is along the edge of a soffit. It only came off in a small area but now I see that the putty or whatever covered this metal is slightly loose in another spot.

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ya its a metal mesh they use to put in the corners by in the day when they used plaster board. i'd chip out the lose areas make sure the mesh is pushed in and go over it like i said in the last post
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thanks. I don't want any cracks, especially around the shower, so I'll pick off all the loose stuff over this wire mesh.

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