Caulking is the action of applying a sealing compound to joints and gaps in building materials.

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Correct order of operations for caulking + sealing bathroom tile?

Around my bathtub I have tile, and the old latex caulk where the tub and tile meet is cracked so I've removed all the caulk and am ready to put new silicone caulk down. However, I would also like to ...
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Filling wood voids in siding

I would like to fix up my wood siding before primer and paint. Some areas are chipped, some areas have holes. Deciding between outright auto bondo and DAP product the Bondo suggestion came from ...
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Quartz Countertop, Backsplash caulking

Please see attached picture it appears that there is no caulking between the countertop & backsplash. I just noticed this area, it is right behind my faucet where water could drip down into the ...
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New paint cracking on caulk bead along exterior trim and j-channel flashing

I recently had new windows installed and replaced an exterior door myself. I have aluminum siding and so there's strips of metal j-channel flashing along the door and window trim, butting up to the ...
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Water-resistant, easily removable “putty or glue” recommendation?

I need to erect a barrier in an aqueous environment. Basically I need to erect vertical "guards" at the side of my kitchen sink, since the water faucet is high up, water splashes onto the counters, ...
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Can I accelerate caulk drying by using a fan or heater on it?

From what I've found online, caulking takes 24-48 hours to dry. For my purposes, I need to apply caulking to my kitchen sink. However, I am in a time crunch, so I would like to know how caulking ...
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Do I need to remove all the caulk, or just a couple of inches?

I have a stain in my shower caulk that I believe is caused by a leak and water getting behind the caulk/tiles. I intend to replace the caulk (after lots of drying-out time). Can I "patch" the caulk ...
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can i add sidewinder caulk over polyurethane caulk?

I previously used sika flex caulk, now has hairline cracks, just thinking of adding sidewinder caulk over to cover.
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What should I use to seal the hole where my central air enters the house?

Wood foundation house with vinyl siding. The hole that was made to allow the lines for my central air conditioner to enter the house is basically wide open - the silicone/caulking that was around the ...
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Patching around a pipe exit in stucco wall

We just purchased a home and the seller hired a handyperson to run a pipe for the hot water heater pressure release. They ran a copper pipe down...at the bottom there's an elbow that's connected to ...
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How to fix the slant of bathroom floor

This is a follow up question to How long does caulk need to dry in a 1" gap? Some additional background information is that this is in China and bathrooms are not designed for contained bathtubs/...
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What kind of caulk should I use around my bathtub?

I would like to recaulk between the bathtub and the ceramic-tile wall, but there are many kinds of caulking for sale. What kind should I use?
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How long does caulk need to dry in a 1" gap?

There's a large gap under the part of the shower stall that touches the wall because of the way the bathroom floor is slanted. When we first moved in the caulk that was put there by the workers washed ...
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What is the appropriate type of caulk/sealant to use to connect evaporative/swamp cooler to roof duct?

I recently had my house re-roofed (flat roof, tar & gravel type). In order to do so, the roofers had to get the swamp cooler out of the way. My cooler is attached to a duct protruding upwards ...
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Should Caulk be used around vinyl windows

I purchased a new home last year and all the windows installed are vinyl. My previous home built in 1999 had wooden windows. My question is are all the exterior windows needing to be caulked? I know ...
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Silicone caulk over latex paneling glue

I had glued some paneling to my kitchen walls. The next day I got the silicone caulk and blue tape to finish the job. Looks great! Oops. I never opened the silicone caulk and used the glue in it's ...
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Bathtub separating from wall

I recently bought an older house. It has had some work done in the master bath, and I just noticed that the tub is separating from the wall. What would be the best way to fix this? Oh I should mention ...
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Are toilets supposed to be caulked to the floor?

I've heard that in some cases toilets are supposed to be caulked to the floor. I replaced both toilets in the condo I moved into last week, and one was calked to the floor, and one was not. One ...
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How to caulking a bathtub with various size edge between wall and tub

Background: Bathtub was re-caulked by maintenance few months ago. 2-3 months after the caulk that the guy put in fell out. Given few other things that maintenance did that were poor jobs I am not ...
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Grout or caulk between acrylic bathtub and tile?

Contractor who remodeled our bathroom used non-sanded grout between bathtub (acrylic) and first layer of tile. He said that he recommends that instead of caulk as caulk will be trapping moisture and ...
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How can I seal the large gap around my fireplace in a way that is safe and prevents air inflows?

I've got a spot by a fireplace that lets cold air in. Unfortunately its right where the metal of the fireplace meets the wooden framing/molding of the fireplace on the inside. This seems like ...
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Easy to spread caulking - window weather proofing

I want to go around the exterior of my windows, etc with some caulking. I have some now that I used in the bathroom but it doesn't spread that easy or lay a decent bead. I know when I was growing up ...
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What is the appropriate type of caulking around a kitchen sink?

The caulking around my sink has worn/rotted away and I've removed it properly, but I've been looking into what I kind of caulking to use, and there seem to be many different types, so I'm a bit unsure ...
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Is silicone caulk an appropriate sealant for keeping smoke out?

I livery in an old apartment building with neighbors who smoke. I am pretty confident that I have found where the smoke is getting into my apartment:a recessed closet that shared a very thin wall with ...
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How to avoid mold in shower caulk?

For the third time, I plan to remove this strip of caulk in my bathtub/shower a bit beyond the discoloration (mold?) and recaulk it. I would like to get it right this time. I plan to remove the ...
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Fixing window condensation on vinyl windows

I have double pane gas filled vinyl windows that are approximately 10 years old that recently starting condensation around the edges of the glass. I've done some basic caulking around a few of the ...
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Removing Caulk from Quartz bathroom countertop

My contractor used white silicon caulk on my quartz tri-colored brand new bathroom countertop, smearing it in a wide swath on all the seams where backsplash meets the countertop. My quartz countertop ...
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How to seal molded plastic shower when repainting

In preparing to repaint my bathroom, I noticed the paint around the molded plastic shower stall was peeling and exposing the joint compound underneath. There doesn't appear to be any caulking around ...
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Can I caulk over cracked grout (shower floor) as a temporary fix?

We have an older shower, with 1x1 tiles on the floor. Some of these, the grout has started to crack, and we want to prevent water damage. However, we've exhausted our renovation budget for the year, ...
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Do I really need to fill the tub with water?

I recently did some patch work on my bathtub caulking. Just a little to give it a few more months before I redo the entire bathtub. My tub is floating and has a tub surround. My wife usually removes ...
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Do I have to remove all caulk before reapplication?

I re-caulked my bathroom a few months previous and there are a couple of gaps that have appeared. I have been caulking my own bathroom for about 7 years now but have never had damage this soon into it....
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How do I finish off a silicone sealant like a professional?

I have patch a couple of places at the base of my shower with silicone rubber sealant using a caulking gun and it's worked well and water no longer escapes from the shower. However, where I have done ...
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Small caulk holes around new windows

I'm trying to determine how strict to be when reviewing a contractors work. We had new windows installed, which involved caulking around the outside, between the vinyl window and the new wood siding. ...
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How can I stop mortar plugs from popping out of slab holes?

Our termite people plugged their dozens of chemical insertion holes using a regular grout and a putty knife. Needless to say the plugs are popping out left and right. (They tell me that is normal, ...
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What is the best way to seal caulk tube?

What are some effective ways of sealing an opened tube of caulk so that the contents do not dry out? In the past I've used a large nail and some tape, but that doesn't seem to last for more than a few ...
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glue to fix rubber gasket on kettle

I have a Sunbeam electrical kettle that started leaking. I took it apart and found a crack in one of the rubber gasket/grommet pieces that hold the plastic water reservoir in place on the metal ...
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Should I caulk around this drain pipe?

I've got an interesting drain layout in the kitchen. Our water supply lines to the sink come up straight through the floor as is typical around here. However, the drain does not. It drops down and ...
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ivy growing between sliding glass door frame

On the ground floor of my house, I have a sliding glass door. A small stalk of ivy has grown through the caulk (or other sealant?) between the frame/wall of the house and the frame of the sliding ...
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What's the best kind of caulk that doesn't dry out or become tacky enough to gather dirt?

I've used various caulks but have never found the magical one that neither dries out nor becomes sticky and tacky enough to attract dirt and dust. I know this stuff exists because all the caulked ...
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Silicone caulk for shower and tub?

I am about to seal the gap between my tub and the wall tile with caulk (it was originally grout which cracked so I chiseled out what I could). I was planning to use silicone caulk (GE II), but a ...
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Tub surrond caulking question

My contractor just completed replacing the tub surround. the walls are tiled from the tub to the ceiling. A few things I'm not too sure about, and would like to get some opinions. The contractor ...
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Removing silicone caulk from counter

I have a granite counter top, and a small granite backsplash that sits on the counter and goes up about 3 inches. There's about a 1/8" gap between the two that had silicone caulk which I am trying to ...
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Caulking a round corner stand up shower

I have to re-caulk a round corner stand up shower. I'm wondering the following: Can I re-caulk it without having to take it down? The previous guy that came over, had taken it outside to clean it ...
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Do I need to caulk where my vinyl siding meets the edge of my windows?

To help prevent leaks, I was advised by a contractor that I need to caulk where my vinyl siding meets the edges of my windows. Some research of my own reveals quite a bit of debate over this, a few ...
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How do I seal a gap between a concrete step and the entrance of the house?

It currently looks like this. The previous owner did a lame job and now I have to rebuild this. What do I use to seal that gap? He did not put any rubber backer rod there or anything like this. the ...
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How should I caulk aluminum capping where it meets brick?

We recently bought a 16 year old house that has aluminum capping over the trim around the garage doors. The gap between the aluminum and the brickwork (and the wood behind the aluminum) is large ...
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How can I fill a gap between the exterior wall and trim?

I have a stucco-sided house that I am repairing/repainting. In the course of repairs, some of the caulk/weatherstripping between the trim and the house came off. The gap between the wall and the trim ...
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Should I use caulk to fix cracking grout in a shower?

We had our contractor tile in the window in our shower. It started cracking almost immediately, and he's filled in the cracks a couple times. It keeps cracking. I assume due to the temperature ...
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How to caulk stone backsplash to granite countertop?

My kitchen has a stone backsplash and granite countertops. In some places there is a gap between the two, as illustrated below. I would like to seal this gap to prevent moisture from getting ...
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How long should I let caulking dry before exposing to water?

I am redoing my bathroom and going from a tub with shower to just a shower base and walls. The walls are fiberglass and caulking is being used to seal everything up. How long should I let everything ...