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Should the corner joints on a tiled shower bench be caulked?

My shower/tub area was completely tiled, including a bench area in the back. The house-flipper did not seal the grout in any way. I’ve heard you typically caulk where the tub and tile grout meet, but ...
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Layering clear caulk over colored caulk to create "fake" grouting

It was time to re-caulk my bathtub, due to mold/mildew in the surface. The walls are tile down to just above the bathtub and the plumber had apparently used a clear caulk over grouting. I successfully ...
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Should I seal my acrylic caulk?

I just used Speed Demon acrylic caulk around my bathtub--between the tub and the tiled wall. It does NOT have silicone in it. So is it ok as is, or for better waterproofing should I buy some kind of ...
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Drafty light switch box on exterior-facing wall

Is this an example of shoddy contracting and/or building code violations for a house built in Tennessee twenty years ago? exterior facing wall light switch, no fire caulk on edges/holes, w/ cold draft ...
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caulk plunger messed up

If the "plunger" at the back of the caulk tube is messed up. Will all the caulk become solid? Or some partial caulk close to the plunger and become solid and "sealed" the gap.
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How to fix moldy caulking over grout in bathtub corners?

As part of the cosmetic updates for the bath, I decided to remove the moldy caulking where the tile meets the bathtub. It looks like the previous owner put the caulk over the grout, I'm assuming ...
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How to ensure silicone gun products last as long as possible

Over time I have used many products that require a gun. The issue I have is I do not use these often. Meaning I will buy, for example, some silicone, apply to the area and then return the tube with ...
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Is it necessary to caulk between bathtub and drywall?

Our house was built in 2017. It was not built to the... highest quality standards. One thing I have wondered since shortly after we moved in is this: Should the builder have caulked where the tub/...
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Painting exterior caulk

The caulk on the exterior of my fiberglass windows turned black after a couple of years and I was never able to get it white again even though I tried every idea I could find online. Now new vinyl ...
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Can I use elastomeric sealant intended for roofs to caulk my shower?

I have a shower where the caulk around the door was moldy, so I scraped out the old caulk and am getting ready to apply new caulk. But all the bath/shower caulk I have is old and dried up. I do have a ...
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What is the best/safest way to quickly dry the bottom of this wall before caulking?

Context: During the last rainstorm we had a LOT of water flow into our house. When it stopped raining I quickly figured out why. The caulking between my log home and the foundation had cracked pretty ...
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What is this sealant on my basement waterproofing system?

I'm redoing my basement floor and have a plastic channel system protecting against water intrusion around the edge of my basement (I believe it's an "All-Dry Basement Systems" product, but ...
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Preventing silicon caulk from sticking to itself while creating tubes

Preventing silicon caulk from sticking to itself Food Grade RTV Silicone Sealant Adhesive Clear 10.3oz when creating tubes. Some videos show using hot water and some videos show using cold water and ...
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Caulk on top of grout in tiled shower

We have a tiled shower that is grouted. The installer put caulk on top of grout where the wall and floor meet and the corners where the walls meet. Problem is, the caulk mildews and disintegrates. ...
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What’s the best type of durable caulk to use for stairs?

I just finished installing the treads and risers and need to caulk. I’m looking for the most durable caulk type - something that wont peel in a few years. I’ve been trying to research the best for ...
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Shower caulk won't dry

We recently added new glass doors to our shower, and finished the job by sealing the track. The caulk we have is specifically for bathrooms (Red Devil), and the instructions say to keep it dry for 72 ...
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What can I use as caulk that a cat won't destroy? [closed]

I'm looking for an alternative solution to caulk/silicone sealant for bathrooms and windows because basically my cat takes it upon herself to pull at and rip out the silicone from window frames, and ...
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Do I need to seal the gap under shoe molding on new floor?

We are getting new hard wood flooring installed and I expect to be putting shoe molding around the edge of the flooring. I am expecting a half inch to one inch gap between the back of the molding and ...
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What other materials besides grout and caulk may have been used in my shower?

I have a tiled standing shower in my bathroom and the grout is starting to crack in some areas, so I would like to repair it. The grout between the tiles is sanded grout, but the material in the ...
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Should I leave a gap between flooring and shower for caulk?

I intend to caulk either way, but wondering if leaving a small gap will help better seal the flooring the shower. Should I butt up to the shower basin and apply a small bead of caulk, or is it better ...
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How to keep shower caulk clean

We have a tile surround shower that has a fascia covering that is attached between the bottom edge of the tile and the bathtub using tub/shower/tile caulk. The caulk is marked for use in wet locations,...
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What is the difference between food-grade caulk and caulk labeled for kitchen use?

I want to caulk the edges of my kitchen sink. Since I use the sink regularly to wash food and do dishes, I want to make sure there won't be contamination. I am considering 2 types of caulk. This food-...
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When is it prefrable to use a tape like Wigluv, rather than caulk or low expansion foam?

I'm trying to understand when to use what method to seal, to prevent air and/or water. When would a tape like Wigluv be preferred over caulk or low expansion foam? What applications is it the ideal ...
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What caulk color is this?

can anybody tell me what’s the color if the caulk used here? i replace the other side of my kitchen with silicone white and the colour is totally different with what is attached as picture.
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Caulking bathroom floor

I have this part of caulk missing near the corner of my bathroom floor. Should I just patch this section with new caulk or would I need to scrape the old caulk and reapply caulk along the entire edge? ...
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How do I remove window sill stop block on double-hung vinyl window?

The vinyl double hung window was installed on my brick house a few years ago. The Screws that hold the replacement windows are drilled in through the bottom of the drain holes with no caulking on the ...
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Mold in tub caulking

I have mold/mould in the caulk/grout of my tub. Before I go about re-caulking it, I want to try killing it. I've seen sources say to use vinegar or bleach but are these sources correct? I've also seen ...
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How long should the smell of silicone caulk last?

I recaulked around my tub last night with 100% silicone caulk. It's now been a bit over 12 hours, so the caulk is set and I can get the tub wet (according to the instructions on the tube), but the ...
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Caulking Baseboards - Suddenly Spiders Appear

We recently moved into our first home, and the previous owner had done some self-installed laminate floors to replace carpet. This left about 1/16" gap between the baseboard trim and floor. We ...
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Caulk/Putty around Interior Timber Frame Window Gaps

I am in the process of painting my timber frame windows and when cleaning and sanding down I have noticed that there is a small gap between the window pane and timber frame on the interior (the stuff ...
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Is caulk referred to as silicone caulk?

I know there is a difference between silicone and caulk? Sometimes I see caulk referred to as silicone caulk which makes me think it is silicone or a type of silicone. Is it correct to use the term ...
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Should I use silicone or caulk between skirting board and vinyl tiles, cement and vinyl tiles?

Should I use silicone between vinyl tiles and wooden skirting? I imagine yes since the skirting board may contract even though the tiles do not? What about if there is no skirting i.e. vinyl and ...
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Can I spray regular foam over fire block caulk?

I'm sealing up some holes and gaps in my attic and dutifully using fire block caulk where some electric cables are coming through the studs and gaps. In other locations, I'm using Great Stuff like ...
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I am desperate to caulk over bad grout, for a short fix [duplicate]

I keep reading "do not just caulk over bad grout", "do it the right way", "take out the grout is the only way to do it"... do it "right", yes. But I need to caulk it. We havent used the shower in ...
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Shower corner has grout covered in caulk

We just moved into a newly flipped house, and one thing we've noticed in the showers are that the vertical corners are filled with grout, and then covered by caulk. I've always been told that any tile ...
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How to remove this black stuff at my countertop corner joint

Wondering if anyone has tips on how to properly remove and clean this. I've got scrubbers, soap, but they didn't really work.
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Shower stall leaking water in the corner

My master shower is leaking water at the corner. I have tried to fix it myself one month ago. It only worked for 3 weeks then start leaking again. Should I find shower repair company to redo the stall?...
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Where do I caulk on the outside of leaky windows?

Our house was built in 2016, shortly after moving in we noticed that all of our windows on the main floor leaked. The builder came, did something (I wasn't home), and all but one stopped leaking. It ...
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paintable silicone caulking at shower ceiling joint?

Should we use paintable caulking at the joints of the shower surrounding tiled walls and ceiling (drywall ceiling)?
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How much caulking do we need for a standard bathtub

How much caulking do we need to buy to caulk the rim of a standard 30" x 60" bathtub?
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How can I remove caulk?

The caulk between the quartz backsplash and counter behind my kitchen sink needs to be replaced. How can I remove the old caulk?
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Did I remove more caulk then I should have at shower door frame end?

I'm in the process of recaulking a shower. In removing the old caulking, I got to where the door frame meets the wall and shower pan. There was some caulk there and it was a bit damp, so I started ...
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What material should I use to seal door moldings, small holes between walls and floors to prevent roaches?

To clear it up, I am mostly using sealing/caulking interchangeably in this text. Some days ago I started seeing cockroaches in one room that is also connected to another bathroom. I caught 4 over an ...
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What to use to seal gaps between slate veneer on vertical exterior walls of home

I have slate veneer on the exterior walls of some parts of my home. There are gaps between the various uneven pieces of slate which protrude off the wall to different levels (i.e. each slate piece ...
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Is this Landscaping Caulk on Outdoor Retaining wall Steps

I have steps leading up through my retaining wall and a few of the stones that cap the steps have come loose. Looking at the place where the steps were, there appears to be some kind of caulk-like ...
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Caulking vinyl siding inside jchannel / post?

Found I have some yellow jackets trying to get behind my siding in the j-channel/post at the end of the siding. Can I caulk up and down the entire length of the channel where the siding ends to close ...
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How can I remove random gook from a wall ...?

... without damaging the wall. I previously started renting a room and the walls are a bit of a mess. I'm not a handy man but wanted to clean them up. I can't say for certain what the material is ...
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Are these cracks small enough to paint as gap fill or do I need to caulk?

House is ~25 years old and several owners in. Do I need to do any sort of filling of these cracks with a paintable caulk or is thin enough I should just paint over it again? /Cheers
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Caulk around bottom of toilet?

We just got a lovely new vinyl bathroom floor put in. The edges (wall, tub) are nicely caulked but not the base of the toilet. I did read What kind of caulk to use in order to caulk the toilet to ...
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Shower leaking out the grout

First off, I am not very handy, and my husband is even less so. We have lived in our house almost 2 years and it is 13 years old. During the inspection, I believe the grout in the corners was ...
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