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Was the wrong type of caulk used to seal the quartz between the counter and wall

I have quartz countertops, the contractor used a clear caulk. The caulk has turned yellow and is flaking away, how do I fix this?
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Help re-caulking the shower with angled gap at the bottom

After seeing some new water damage on the ceiling below my bath, a plumber told me to try regrouting my shower (there were gaps and cracks in the old grout). How should I approach this area at the ...
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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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Gap between tub and tile. 100+ year old bathroom. Tile over plaster walls & heavy cast tub

I caulked this gap but the caulk cracked, water soaked in and became moldy. I've removed most of the caulk and thinking about shoving some grout into gap at bottom then finishing off with a grout/...
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Sealing edge between tub and tile

I recently found a crack in the material that seals the tile to the tub edge, so I removed it in preparation to replace it. I originally thought that the edge was filled with grout, but in trying to ...
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Found crack along where shower pan meets tile. Caulk it? Grout it?

Was taking a shower and noticed pieces of grout had fallen into the shower pan. But I couldn’t figure out where it had come from. Look along the bottom and found I had redone the grout a couple weeks ...
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How should I seal this gap between spigot and stucco wall?

Options I've seen include silicone caulk, stucco patch mix, or duct seal. What will work best? It will rain in about 17 hours, so a quick drying method will be useful, or I can maybe just cover it ...
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Sealant between Bilco Bulkhead Door and Cement Base for Water Infiltration - Colder Temperatures

Looking for some guidance on a sealant/caulk that I can use between a Bilco basement metal door, and the cement base it sits on. Temperatures are between 27°-50°F in the swings from night to day, so I ...
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How to keep the foam backing in place, to fix a gap by bathroom faucet

There is a large-ish gap by the bathtub faucet. I planned to do it myself, without having to remove any plumbing parts (which is out of my ability level). I bought foam backing rod, which I plan to ...
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What can I use to remove caulk from acrylic shower wall seams without damaging the surface shine of new walls?

I hired someone to install. They used dirty hands to sloppily apply the caulk. It’s all over - clumpy globs of dirty caulk in the seams. And on the shower walls. I need to remove it and do it right. ...
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Does caulk or spackle make more sense here?

Notwithstanding my user name :), I'd welcome some advice on whether caulk or spackle would be better to fill these gaps and produce a uniform surface. The left side is a heavily painted metal window ...
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Shower leaking after renovation - grout/caulk question

The place I rent recently had a bathroom renovation done due to long term shower body leaks (as well as some other leaking). Long story short, they put up Durock and re-tiled everything. My question ...
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How to remove plaster or really old hard caulk (can't tell) from bathtub?

My house was built in 1970 or 1971 (I've seen both years, can't remember which one is correct), and the bathtub and the bathtub walls are original to the house. The caulking has been coming off, so I ...
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Help With Decaying Window - How To Fix The Gap

I have a very old window, that faces the sunny side of our house. Noticed it had some chipping paint and rotting wood on the exterior when we moved in. I got rid of most of the messed up wood, and ...
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Is there an easy way to fix the trim below the bay window? or better to replace?

What would I replace with? I was thinking I might be able to fill the hole with liquid wood or something.
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What to do about this window installation

Was investigating some leaky windows and wasn't expecting to see this configuration for replacement windows. These were done on the entire home 2 homeowners ago, now about 8 years old. It looks like ...
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There is a piece of wood caulked to the top of my bathtub. What is going on and what can I do to fix it?

I’m wondering exactly what has been done to my poor tub, and what I can do to fix it. The be previously removed the caulk and replaced it on the bottom of the board, but I didn’t add enough caulk to ...
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What type of caulk and/or sealant for my tub? See image

I have a relatively old tub and tile work in our master bath. I’ve re-caulked it a few times and even did a sealant along one edge, but I think I need to use something stronger. Here’s some pics - let ...
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How to repair scratches and dents on hardwood floor

What is normally recommended for fixing scratches1, dents, or chips2 on hardwood floors? Is there a special type of glue, caulk or epoxy out there?
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We painted the walls before installing new baseboard. What now?

We painted the walls and now we have to install baseboard. We’ve already painted the baseboard and haven’t installed it yet. We don’t know how to fix this problem. At what point do a caulk? Are we ...
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What type of caulk will adhere to composite deck wood?

I am using some left over composite deck wood as trim in various exterior projects around the house. One of them needs some sort of sealant between the deck wood piece and the house. Does anyone ...
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Granite counter tops with granite backsplash in kitchen: need to replace caulk

New construction, 7 years old. We have quartz "granite" counter tops with an approximate 6 inch bit as a backsplash. The caulk has degraded and I need to remove it, make sure the moisture ...
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Caulking in a glass pane on a skylight

A branch fell and broke my skylight glass. I ordered replacement glass, and now I'm wondering the proper way to caulk it in. First, do I need to caulk it in? I don't see any caulk residue from the ...
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Need advice on my newbie DIY repair plan for peeling paint/caulk on exterior window frame

I'm a new home owner trying to get all of the information I need to tackle this project. I tend to overthink things, but I'm trying to do this the right way. Here's my plan, and I am hoping that ...
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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 ...
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Shower leaking onto carpet in adjacent bedroom

Carpet in the bedroom that backs up to the 2nd floor shower gets wet. There is no water leaking below the shower or in any other direction. I removed the drywall and there is a liner which was filled ...
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Do I really need to fill the tub with water to properly apply caulking?

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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How to seal edges (cracks) in shower?

Seeing some hairline crack at the edge of the shower. What's the best way to add some waterproofing here? Silicon Caulk? Grout? Something else? Specific product suggestions appreciated.
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Accidentally caulked wrong areas on window install?

I'm installing an exterior window for the first time and think I made a dumb rookie move with the exterior caulk. I've caulked between the window trim and the siding, including underneath the sill. My ...
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How to properly re-seal sliding door

My sliding back door has some kind of yellowed caulk/sealant around the glass pane that looks terrible and is detaching in several places. I believe the frame is PVC. I can remove the old, but what ...
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Carpet gap causing leak

My house has a large gap between the wall and the carpet in the bedroom where it looks like water is leaking through I want to repair it myself but I don’t know what to use.
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Question about DIY repair of bathtub and tile caulking/grout/silicone in gap with no backing (plus curiosity question)

I am a a first time DIYer working on an old bathroom. The tub seems like porcelain-enameled steel. I have removed moldy caulk and cracked grout from around the tub. The most puzzling issue is ...
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What kind of caulk to use on wood that has had deck sealer applied?

We have an old buffet that I converted into a vanity for use in the bathroom. To make the top water resistant, we used a deck sealer. Whether or not that was the best choice, the deed is done. The ...
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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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Why hasn't the caulk cured in my shower? [closed]

I have a lady I clean for ask me to remove the old caulking and redo it. So I did I used the normal home depot brand for years like I’ve always gotten. And the client said it never cured. So when I ...
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How to properly seal a humidifier water tank?

I cracked a plastic water tank for my humidifier, a Holmes HM-2060W. It's not a bad crack in that there is not a large gap, but it's 3-4 inches long and leaks water, which spills onto the floor, so ...
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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 some silicone, apply to the silicone to an area in my bathroom and then return ...
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What's the best caulk for the interface between shower wall and painted/sheetrock wall?

I'm replacing the caulk on my bathtub/shower, since it's in sorry shape. See the images below. My house is about 50 years old and I believe these shower walls are original. They appear to be some kind ...
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When can I safely caulk a toilet after install?

Is there a timeframe after a toilet install where I can confidently caulk a toilet to the floor? I would assume after a day, if no leaks that the wax ring/seal is secure and can be safely caulked? ...
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Proper way to seal bottom plate to slab? [closed]

I noticed that the caulk has failed where the bottom plate meets our concrete slab foundation along an exterior wall. I’ve removed the old caulk and vacuumed the area. The bottom plate is sitting on a ...
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New caulk on tub splitting after just a few weeks

My partner and I bought a house in July. It has 2 tubs, 1 of which we never use. Both tubs needed to be re-caulked. On 2022-10-31 I had a professional re-caulk both tubs. The one that my partner and I ...
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Caulking where vinyl siding meets window

I had new vinyl siding replaced and all my windows look like this. Do I need to caulk this seam where the vinyl meets the white portion of the window (I know not to caulk the weep hole)? Seems odd to ...
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How to fill this gap between window and brick wall? (too deep for backer rod?)

I'm renovating the windows of my 1936 house. Doing the first window and I notice there's a big gap between the window frame and the wall and I was wondering the best way to fill it in so I can caulk ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Removing grout from perimeter of counter and backsplash?

The previous homeowners of my house remodeled the kitchen and without looking too close, everything might look professionally done, but unfortunately we're left trying to correct a lot of these bad ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...