Sanding drywall has got to rank up there as one of the messiest construction jobs. Even if you’re only sanding a small patch, you create a dust cloud that eventually leaves a layer of dust on everything in the area. Now USG sells Sheetrock lightweight joint compound with dust control. Sanding the dust-control joint compound creates “heavy dust” that falls straight to the floor. It stays put and doesn’t enter the air. Our only question is: why the hell didn’t somebody think of this sooner?!
This product would seem especially useful for remodeling jobs where you want to keep the dust from coating everything in the finished part of the house. We wish it came in smaller containers for small patch jobs, but unfortunately for now you can only get it premixed in 3-1/2 gallon containers.
Expect to pay anywhere from $14 to $20 for this formulation. It may be slightly more expensive, but think of the time saved cleaning.