joint compound


: a compound made of gypsum, clay, and latex resin that is used to seal wall joints or fill shallow holes

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Building the model itself is also a painstaking process, down to his use of his laser to etch the outline of brickwork into walls and his use of a joint compound to enhance the realism of that etching. Caroline Kubzansky, Chicago Tribune, 10 Jan. 2023 For holes that are larger than 1/2-inch wide, first stuff them with steel wool or copper mesh, which will prevent mice from chewing through, then seal them with joint compound; a foam insulation pest blocker is another option. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 6 Apr. 2022 Slowly use your putty knife to spread a layer of joint compound across the wood, then use a trowel to create your own line designs. Kaylei Fear, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Mar. 2022 An example is Sheetrock’s Easy Sand lightweight setting-type joint compound ($7.90 for an 18-pound bag at Home Depot). Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2021 Note that dry-mix joint compound is also available, which comes in powder form. Joseph Truini And Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, 18 Aug. 2020 Simply pull out the nails and fill the holes with drywall joint compound. Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2021 That’s necessary because the surface is usually coated with joint compound dust left behind after the finished joints were sanded smooth. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 18 Dec. 2020 Then, use a joint knife to spread joint compound over the entire repair, while trying to feather the edges of the compound into the surrounding wall. New York Times, 5 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of joint compound was in 1954

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“Joint compound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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