Joint Compound

Definition

A material used to fill and smooth over gaps between sheets of drywall to produce an even, flat wall. It is made of gypsum, clay and latex resin that is then mixed with water.

Things you need to know

Joint compound can also be used to cover screw heads and fill small holes.

Also known as

Drywall Compound, Mud

Cost Considerations

Most carpenters estimate the amount of joint compound needed by dividing the square footage of the space by 7.25. They would then buy that many pounds of joint compound. Each 45 pound pail costs around $14.

Costs vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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