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My wife was reading this article, wherein drywall damage due to the removal of construction adhesive was fixed with spackle. I thought this kind of repair required joint compound ("mud") and not spackle.

When can spackle, which is easier to work with and dries much faster, be used instead of mud, which dries slower, but much harder?

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You can use either spackle or joint compound. I personally detest the modern "light weight" versions of spackle and will not use them. I use joint compound for most repair applications around drywall. The dry time has never been a big problem for me as most projects are big enough that there are plenty of other tasks to attend to whilst the joint compound dries.

Note: Most of the preferred "old style" heavy spackle is also a pain to use in comparison to joint compound because it drys really hard and is a total pain to sand down. Joint compound is really easy to sand thus giving it one more feather in its cap.

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Can you explain why you don't like modern spackle? Thanks for your answer. –  ArgentoSapiens Jul 27 '13 at 15:53
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@ArgentoSapiens - Modern spackle is soft and dents easily even when dry, it takes double extra effort to get it to stick in place (particularly when there is dust present in the application area), when you try to sand it there is a big possibility of removing too much and finally I find that the shelf life of partially used containers is pretty short. –  Michael Karas Jul 27 '13 at 16:13
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