Questions tagged [caulk]

The tag has no usage guidance.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1 vote
1 answer
189 views

What to use to seal seams in plywood subfloor

My 5/8" plywood subfloor is screwed and glued to joists. It has 1/8" seams between individual plywood pieces. It also has 1/8" seams at the boundary, which is existing laminated ...
  • 133
0 votes
1 answer
41 views

Is Custom Building Products sanded ceramic tile caulk paintable?

I have a tube of Custom Building Products' Sanded Ceramic Tile Caulk, and it says nothing about paintability on the tube itself. It is "siliconized" caulk per the tube. On the online product ...
1 vote
2 answers
74 views

Kitchen sink caulking "flaking" off, looks like sand in some parts

I'm trying to get help diagnosing what the issue is. I am re-caulking the area around my kitchen sink. Since the sink is a top mount, and the piece of countertop on the side is severely damaged, I ...
  • 123
0 votes
1 answer
101 views

What caulk to use for basement floor control joint?

My basement floor has control joints and some have opened up. Floor was poured 5 years ago and the cracks are stable now. The worst section is 3/16ths wide. What caulk should I use to seal this? I ...
0 votes
1 answer
52 views

What should I use to repair this small crack between window and stone? Is this caulk?

I’m a new homeowner and just noticed this small opening next to my upstairs window between stone and window. Is this caulk that’s used there or mortar? Any recommendations on how I should go about ...
  • 13
0 votes
2 answers
67 views

What to know before recaulking shower

I have a shower that has some kind of black mold around the existing caulk. I plan to remove it and recaulk. Following this video I know I need to: use painters tape to create a strip for caulk use ...
2 votes
1 answer
227 views

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 ...
0 votes
1 answer
109 views

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 ...
  • 115
-1 votes
1 answer
55 views

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 ...
2 votes
1 answer
60 views

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 ...
0 votes
1 answer
43 views

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.
0 votes
1 answer
130 views

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 ...
17 votes
9 answers
3k views

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 ...
0 votes
0 answers
156 views

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/...
  • 273
0 votes
0 answers
53 views

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 ...
2 votes
1 answer
467 views

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 ...
  • 163
0 votes
2 answers
41 views

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 ...
  • 4,572
0 votes
0 answers
47 views

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 ...
  • 354
2 votes
0 answers
83 views

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 ...
  • 161
0 votes
1 answer
121 views

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. ...
  • 181
0 votes
1 answer
3k views

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 ...
1 vote
0 answers
384 views

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 ...
  • 207
7 votes
4 answers
1k views

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 ...
1 vote
2 answers
1k views

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 ...
1 vote
1 answer
85 views

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 ...
  • 13
1 vote
2 answers
560 views

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 ...
1 vote
2 answers
257 views

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,...
  • 641
0 votes
0 answers
112 views

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-...
1 vote
2 answers
73 views

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 ...
0 votes
1 answer
35 views

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.
0 votes
1 answer
128 views

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? ...
  • 362
0 votes
1 answer
329 views

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 ...
1 vote
2 answers
159 views

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 ...
  • 123
0 votes
1 answer
2k views

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 ...
  • 32.4k
2 votes
1 answer
370 views

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 ...
  • 659
1 vote
2 answers
2k views

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 ...
  • 113
0 votes
1 answer
77 views

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 ...
0 votes
0 answers
186 views

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 ...
0 votes
2 answers
125 views

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 ...
  • 1,228
0 votes
0 answers
41 views

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 ...
4 votes
2 answers
249 views

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 ...
  • 207
1 vote
1 answer
128 views

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.
  • 159
0 votes
1 answer
1k views

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?...
1 vote
1 answer
2k views

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 ...
1 vote
2 answers
973 views

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)?
0 votes
1 answer
3k views

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?
0 votes
2 answers
119 views

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?
  • 111
2 votes
1 answer
804 views

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 ...
1 vote
1 answer
90 views

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 ...
  • 161
-1 votes
1 answer
82 views

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 ...
  • 1