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Glue sticks do more than you think!

I'm renovating an RV that has water damage around the windows I used joint compound to make the walls textured to hide most of the ripples.
But when I put up wallpaper, I put the glue stick glue directly on the outside edges of the wallpaper to form a smooth finish.
Glue sticks work on almost anything. I always keep one with me.

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Are Spackle and joint compounds the same thing?


They're not the same thing, spackle is used to fill in holes or indetations made from nails in drywall while joint compounds are used to join drywall panels together.

Nov 10, 2013 | Adhesives, Coatings & Sealants

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How to applied joint compound to painted popcorn walls to make it even


Although this is the popcorn popper section, you can apply joint compound over the textured section, and smooth it out with a trowel,then sand it down.
It is a lot of work and I have found this particular do-it-yourself project is best left to professionals. contact a drywall specialist, they can do in 2 days what will take weeks doing it yourself.

Nov 10, 2013 | Kitchen Appliances - Others

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how do I repair a large hole in my drywalled wall in my living room that is right beside the door frame?


If you live near a Home Depot or Lowes they sell partial sheets of drywall. Cut a square slightly larger than the damaged area from the new drywall. Trace this around the damaged area and then cut out the damaged area with a key hole saw or sawzaw or if you don't have those just your utility knife. You can probably buy all the tools and materials for a lot less than hiring someone. Since you said the hole is next to a door you shouldn't have to worry about electrical wires, but just in case, take a flashlight and look into the hole before you cut to make sure. Now you should have a hole the size and shape of the new piece you cut. The area against the door is against studs and you'll have to just keep cutting with your knife until you get through to the wood. Now, on the other side of the hole across from the door take a piece of scrap wood and put it inside the hole and press it against the inside of the wall so half the scrap wood is behind the wall and the other half is exposed in the hole. While you're holding the scrap wood you'll need to screw 1 1/4" drywall screws through the existing drywall and into the scrap wood. The scrap wood should now be tight against the back of the drywall and partially exposed to resemble the stud on the other side by the door jamb. Now you have backing for your patch. Place the patch you cut earlier in the hole and screw it in place. A screw gun or drill with #2 philips head screw tip will make this job easier. The screws should be counter sunk just slightly so the heads don't rip the paper. If you do rip the paper you'll need to put in another screw near that one or else you'll have problems later, especially near a door. Now finish the hole with joint compound. You can buy this at most hardware stores in a one gallon bucket. You'll need a role of drywall tape as well. I recommend the fiberglass mesh tape for ease. Also you'll need a taping 6" taping knife and a tray.
Fill the joint compound tray half way and mix it around with your knife until smooth. Take the fiberglass tape and stick it to the wall around the patch to cover where you cut. Spread a thick layer of joint compound over the fiberglass tape and then gently wipe it all off with one or two strokes. Repeat this until all the tape is covered with a thin layer of "mud" (joint compound). Make sure all the screw holes get filled too. Let this dry for several hours, maybe overnight. Put the excess mud back in the bucket and clean your tools. When the first coat is dry take your 6" taping knife and scrape away any blobs of mud that you left behind from the first coat and then apply a second coat. You may need a third coat. Sand the joint compound until smooth tapering the edges to the paper. Again, be careful not to sand the paper too much, you don't want to go through. If you have smooth walls, you're in luck, now just paint. If you have textured walls then you have more work. you can get spray texture in an aerosol can at the hardware store. Read the instructions on the can and practice on the left over drywall from your patch. Note: you'll never make a perfect match with this aerosol texture but you can get it close. The only way to get a perfect match is to use a compressor and and special spray gun for joint compound and it takes some practice. You can rent these things in most towns if you're very particular. Good luck

Aug 09, 2013 | Tools & Hardware - Others

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Hole in kitchen wall. How do I fix it?


First I would cut around the hole using a dry wall knife -I would make it a square. Then get a piece of wood ( 2" high and Then measure the length of the hole if it is 9" then you would need the wood piece to be 11" long.) Insert the wood piece inside the wall (hold on to it) and then drill using dry wall screws from the out side wall into the wood piece you installed. Then cut a piece of dry wall the size of the square you made and insert into the wall then screw into wood piece. Then take some joint compound and spread light over insert dry wall spreading on the old dry wall and let dry and then sand so it is flush with wall.

Apr 18, 2013 | Tools & Hardware - Others

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How do you stomp texture or stipple a ceiling?


There are a ton of different ways you can get this done. You can purchase what is called a popcorn sprayer that works like an air powered paint gun for ceilings of course you'll need a compressor also. Some hardware stores rent this equipment. You'll be spraying on a material also available at most local hardware stores that is sort of like drywall joint compound only a different consistency.

If you choose to texture by hand you can use a number of tools to get different textures paintbrushes, brooms sponges, precut stencils, rags, etc.. Basically clear out the room cover anything you don't want to get messed up gt a bucket of drywall joint compund your texture tool of choice and a trowel. spread a thin layer of compund on the ceiling and texture away. The thicker you spread it the more texture you will get. Be sure to have a helper that can switch off as this does get tiring, and you'll need extra hands to help get clean water for your tools so your texturing project is consistent. Plan accordingly, this is not a project you want to leave halfway through and finish another day. If you start a room, finish it. or you will notice the difference in texture every time you sit down and try to relax.

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