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Joint Compund lifespan


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02-27-02, 06:50 PM   #1  
Joint Compund lifespan

How long does joint compound stay good for? I have a 5 gallon drum left over by contractors who did work in my house at least ten years ago. When I opened the drum the joint compound was still moist and appears to be good. I plan on drywalling two walls in my basement & will probably buy fresh stuff but I was wondering if the old stuff is still usable.

 
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02-28-02, 05:54 AM   #2  
I suppose if it was sealed air tight and stored in a cool dry place it would last but I wouldn't use it. I'm not sure of a time limit with mud But you would know if it was bad. It would either be dry or it would smell like rotton eggs. That is a very good question that deserves a little research.

 
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02-28-02, 09:03 AM   #3  
It is moist & does not smell bad. I had used it to patch a few small holes & it worked fine. However I still plan to buy new stuff for the bigger job I mentioned. It was more just a thought since it seems to be fine.

 
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