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Spackling drywalls around plumbing pipes

Sounds like you want a escutcheon, which is a metal (usually) trim part designed to cover the hole between the pipe and the wall. I generally just put some mesh drywall tape and hot (setting-type) mud ...
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Should I run cable through pipe?

Better plan: cut out the damaged drywall and install a low-voltage bracket and coax barrel wallplate Some cheap-arse folks do what you see here -- simply punch a hole in the drywall to run low-...
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Should I tape joints during or after an initial fill with setting-type compound?

Tape goes in early. The tape is providing a paper face across the joint just as the paper face of the board does across the wallboard surface, and wants to be bonded as close to that surface as ...
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Gypsum and ........... Equals drywall mud?

The compound is a complex combination often including water, limestone, expanded perlite, ethylene-vinyl acetate polymer, attapulgite, and other ingredients, this was from online , but it answers the ...
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Spackling drywalls around plumbing pipes

HVAC duct sealant will be the easiest and it is paintable and flexible when dry. I wish I discovered the stuff much earlier in life. I would use that with fiberglass tape.
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How can I remove or cover a screw stuck in my drywall?

Turn the adjusting knob on the locking pliers so that it takes both hands to clamp them shut on the screw head and squashes some small flats into the screw head when shut. Hold your locking pliers ...
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Spackling drywalls around plumbing pipes

To avoid cracking use drywall MESH tape. Made from fiberglass strings, so it will not break. Mud it generously. It is self adhesive to keep it in place while applying mud.
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What are the different kinds of "spackle"?

Spackle is a brand name for a wall patching compound. Joint compound is what is used to smooth over the butt joints and corners of newly installed drywall aka gypsum wallboard in order to achieve a ...
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Duct tape + spackle to fix hole under window ledge?

Nope. Use proper drywall tape of either the paper or fiberglass varieties. Both are cheap and won't leave you with a gooey, hollow, fragile mess. I also recommend proper joint compound. Spackle is ...
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Asbestos in Spackle - what now?

There are lots of different kinds of asbestos and it’s in all kinds of building products. You’re right to be careful. We’ve had our remodeling projects tested for many years (30+) and a testing ...
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When can spackle be used instead of mud?

The really important thing to know about spackle is that it can't be used for skim coating (that is any area with an exposed face) because the molecules are too far apart to offer sufficient surface ...
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When can spackle be used instead of mud?

I think spackle should be discontinued as a product because it dosen't offer a lot of benefits and the hazard that people often fail to read about is that it cannot be used for skim coating (that is, ...
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Wall surface is too smooth after spackle

If the drywall has a substantial amount of texture, you'll find 'texture in a spray can' at your favorite big box store. Probably get the one that says, "orange peel" on the label. Like this: spray ...
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How to spackle a plaster/drywall to firmly hold a magnetic door lock with plastic nails?

Usually something like this: Enlarge the hole to something like 4 x 6 inches. Cut a scrap of drywall about 5.5 x 8. Drill a couple of holes in the center of the patch. Tie a loop of cord through ...
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Fixing minor tape blemishes/bubbling after a fresh paint job

Unless the tape is badly torn up or loose, just sand high spots and then put one or two coats of drywall compound over it. I have no experience using DAP spackle as joint compound - mostly because I'm ...
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damaged drywall: Repair with spackle or replace drywall?

I'd use actual joint compound. I'm not sure what you're referring to with "spackle", but in my experience it's a very fluffy, soft product. Get some topping or repair compound and apply it twice (it'...
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damaged drywall: Repair with spackle or replace drywall?

Spackle's just fine. The real trick is replicating the texture!
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Wall surface is too smooth after spackle

I found the canned texture stuff to be gimmicky. What I typically do when finishing walls after spackling is mix a bit of joint compound with a bit of water. Take a brush with bristles, dip it in the ...
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What should I do about a hole close to a plug that is too wide?

Muralo's Spackle™ shrinks as it dries. If you keep applying thin layers and letting them dry, you will eventually achieve a flat surface. If the Spackle is proud of the surrounding surface you should ...
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Putty knife : when to use flexible blade and when to use stiff blade?

Flexible "putty knives" find more application when performing operations such as doing drywall taping. Particularly when larger width blades are used such as 6", 8" or 10" sizes. Smaller sized ...
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drilling and putting a wall plug into spackle, taped up dry wall

Spackle is just a cosmetic fix; you do not want to put any weight on it. You should repair the wall with a small piece of drywall, or use toggle bolts to secure your curtain rod. They need larger ...
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drilling and putting a wall plug into spackle, taped up dry wall

Only the lightest of curtains should be hung with hollow-wall anchors in the first place, even if you use togglers (anchors with mechanically-deployed wings). Screw-in or expanding drive-in anchors ...
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Crack in new drywall joint

Cracks like that occur because of, 1) settlement, or 2) expansion/contraction. 1) If the House was built in 1970’s, then it has finished settling. Unless there is some underground work in the area, ...
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How to remove spackle

Try using a single edge razor blade. Don't just use the tip or you'll scratch the cabinet, use the entire sharp edge and lightly push it across the surface. You can add a little water and it will make ...
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Can I spackle over painted wood?

You CAN put drywall compound (please, not spackle - different products) over wood, but unless there's some major need to preserve every fractional inch of the room, it's generally much easier and ...
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How can I remove or cover a screw stuck in my drywall?

You could try a manual impact driver with the apropriate size of pozidriv (not philips) bit. (looks like PZ2) Or bend it over with a nail punch and then tap it round in a circle to losen it or bend ...
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Too Much Mud Leveling over New Drywall?

First, it shouldn't crack. If it does your putting to much on at once. Id also stop using all purpose mud after your first coat and switch over to plus 3 to make sanding easier on your body. I ...
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Textured walls now smooth- do I need to prime?

Your paint job will only be as good as your preparation job. The first thing you need to do is get all the dust off the walls. First vacuum them, then use a damp (not wet) cloth to wipe them down. ...
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Fixing 1inch hole surrounded by torn drywall paper using spackle

Your treatment of the torn paper looks good. You should sand between layers of filler. Keep adding filler and sanding until you can't feel the patch with your bare fingertips. That mess on the right ...
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Fixing 1inch hole surrounded by torn drywall paper using spackle

Note: This answer assumed a larger hole than what we apparently have here. I recommend it for patches (exposed gypsum with missing paper) of over 1 inch. Joint tape goes over the hole, not in it. The ...
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