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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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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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Why would silicone caulk not cure?

I re-caulked my shower on Saturday afternoon, using GE Silicone II Kitchen & Bath Caulk. I left it alone until Monday morning, when I showered in it. I assumed it had plenty of time to cure so did ...
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how to cure 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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How to remove silicone caulk from a shower wall?

I took down a shampoo dispenser and now I have several big blobs of moldy silicone caulk on the shower wall. I bought a plastic razor scraper and a bottle of Goo Gone Caulk Remover, which gets high ...
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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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Can I apply caulk over caulk?

I just had my shower re-tiled and the contractor used a cream colored sanded caulk instead of standard white silicone (without asking me). I want it to be white but he refuses to come back. Can I ...
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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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Caulking a corner instead of taping with joint compound?

Is it considered acceptable in drywall / sheetrock work to use caulk to finish an interior corner instead of using tape with joint compound? This is not my own DIY idea – this was suggested to me by ...
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What type of sealant/caulk is this used on inside corner of shower frame rail?

Does anybody know if this is just a clear silicone caulk or something else? Lexel? It doesn't go all the way into the gap where the vertical and horizontal shower frame rails meet, which I want to be ...
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Accidentally removed grout behind bathtub caulk, necessary to replace?

I got so excited my first time removing caulk that I believe I have removed some grout as well that was behind the caulk. Of course, I'm most worried about water damage, so is it best to replace the ...
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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's the proper way to attach an exterior door threshold?

I'm adding a hardwood threshold to bridge the gap between interior hardwood flooring and an exterior threshold leading out to our flat roof deck. My question(s): I've got the piece fitted and plan on ...
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Caulk or Grout the base of a toilet?

I recently re-tiled my bathroom floor and removed the toilet to do so. I noticed that the builders had used grout around the base of the toilet when I was removing it and demoing the tile. Should I ...
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What would be the best tuck pointing temporary alternative?

I have a brick home and I am seeing a lot of spots that are missing mortar. It was not obvious at first, but we have had a bit of an ant problem and I tried to figure out where they are coming in ...
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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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How can I cover grout lines and gaps against cabinetry and base trim?

In the picture below I have an area of my floor that is finished. However on different parts of the floor, the last owner never finished portions of the floor. It looks like they just extended the ...
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Can polyethylene backer rod be used to caulk (silicone) a ceramic tile shower wall to an acrylic base

I have to use some backing in order to caulk between tile walls and a shower base where the gap to be filled is 5/8 inch wide and 1 inch deep. Is polyethylene backer rod appropriate for use in a ...
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Can anyone recommend colored 100% silicone caulk for use in a shower? [closed]

I have a shower with a tan colored grout. I need to put silicone caulk in the spot where the walls meet the floor. The previous owner used grout there and it is all cracked out. I'm having trouble ...
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What to use for huge exterior window gaps?

What do I need to do in order to caulk this huge gap above an arched window? Should I put some sort of barrier on top of the wood window frame and pipe cement to fill the gap. It is too large for ...
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How do I caulk shower edges with the same color as my grout?

I've used a tan colored grout between my shower tiles. I've noticed that the edges of the shower have already cracked after 1 week. To prevent cracking, many people on the Internet suggest caulking ...
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caulk type for bathrooms/washrooms

What type of caulk is used in bathrooms? I need to caulk between a bathtub and a tiled wall. Can I use the same for caulking around lavatory pan?
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How to caulk uneven gap in corner of kitchen backsplash?

We have tiled the backsplash in our kitchen. The grouting is done and we are caulking. We are having problems caulking the corners where the two walls meet. (The vertical line) The tiles are uneven ...
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Caulk around window sills

I was pulling off the hardware for my blinds the other day (to paint) and the caulking around the window started to peel back. I cut it where it was still attached that way I could minimize the ...
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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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Can I caulk around this tub?

As shown in the pic, my one-piece tub/shower was installed poorly. There is a gap between the vinyl top layer and the tile floor. To make it look better I was thinking about caulking it, but I think ...
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What are some ways to fill a small gap between a wooden column and a concrete wall

I have wood pergola columns connecting to my house through fixtures which are fitted into grooves in the wood. The wood was cut slightly too short (or due to small variations in the wall), there is a ...
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Installing a door threshold on concrete slab

I am trying to install the following door threshold on a concrete slab. The door leads outside and the old threshold was rotted from water penetration. The following pictures show the concrete ...
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Bathroom caulking question

Just curious if anything in the posted picture should give alarm before recaulking (further prep is underway). Is there supposed to be a deep crevice between the molding and the adjacent tile? Can ...
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Is there a trick to opening a tube of caulk?

Is there a tool especially designed for opening a tube of caulk, silicone, or construction adhesive?
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How to fill a large gap between tile and shower tub to ensure waterproof gap

I incorrectly tiled my bathroom walls, leaving a 3/8 inch gap between the subway tiles and the shower floor tub. I have purchased some back rod roll to help with caulk fill. Before I put all this ...
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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 do I repair this damage to my driveway?

After the brutal winter, my wife and I found several locations on our driveway where the concrete is crumbling. This is the worst of them: In the past, I have used self-leveling concrete caulk ...
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What's the best caulk type for exterior stucco to wood window trim?

I have cracked caulk that is sealing window trim to a stucco wall. What type of caulk should I use to replace the old, deteriorated caulk? Ideally, the caulk would be paintable.
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Resealing around a bath

I have never resealed a bath before. I'm confident on what I need to do except for one thing... A lot of the sealant is still in great condition. It's only the sealant behind the taps that has gone ...
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Cure/dry time for Polyseamseal with little air exposure?

What is the cure/dry time for nearly encapsulated Loctite All Purpose Polyseamseal Original Formula (new tube bought at hardware store yesterday)? Does this product dry or cure? Hope I didn't mess up ...
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What do you do with left over caulk in a tube?

What do you do with the caulk when you don't need it all? Do you throw it away or can you cover it and store it?
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What's the best way to seal a small leak on a sprinkler pump inlet PVC pipe where a siphoning system has been tapped?

On my sprinkler system I installed, about 4 months ago, a system that siphons, from a large tank, a mixture of fertilizer and iron stain inhibitor. The system works fine but it had to be installed by ...
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Aluminum Siding Hole Repair

There's a baseball sized hole in the aluminum siding on the back of my house left by the previous owners that's causing some water damage on the interior wall. The houses siding is old and beat up so ...
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Alternative to backer rod and bond breaker tape for caulking

I'm caulking a number of vertical fillet joints. I haven't used foam backer rod because (since the joint is vertical) it won't stay while I caulk. Bond breaker tape has been annoying to place evenly ...
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How do you clean up silicone caulk?

How do you clean up silicone caulk? The product label doesn't have clean up instructions. It is impervious to soap and water (even that orange pumice soap). I didn't have much luck with mineral ...
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Can I reset Vanity Top onto particle board with residue caulk?

I bought a big box vanity with sink etc already attached. It was 1/4" off from being flush at the back so I decided to reseat it. Knifed and sawed the thing off then scraped the silicone off the sink/...
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Ceramic tile on conrete floor: caulk or grout to cinder block wall

I plan on tiling a laundry room concrete floor. Two adjacent walls are cinder block. I know NOT to use grout between tiled walls and floors or it will crack. However, since there should be little or ...
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What type of caulk should I use for bathroom tile?

So I have a bathroom that has a tile floor, a small tile baseboard, and a tiled shower that has tile on the walls and floor. The builder used grout everywhere and so after a while, pretty much all of ...
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How should I treat mold under the caulk around my kitchen sink?

I've got a tiled kitchen countertop and have noticed some mold under the caulking around the sink, especially where the tile dips. Should I clean out the old caulk and re-caulk the area, or pop the ...
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Can I accelerate the cure time for acrylic caulk?

This is related to this question: Can I accelerate caulk drying by using a fan or heater on it? ...but that question kind of veered off into talking mostly about silicone caulks. I'm trying to ...
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How should I apply silicone sealing to shower screen glass?

What's the best and easiest way to apply good quality silicone, which I'm told are never the water-based types, to freestanding glass and ceramic tiles in showers? Can I remove it with a razor blade ...
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Is caulk acceptable for filling nail holes in baseboard?

Several folks in this very helpful thread suggest using putty to fill nail holes during baseboard installation. I've got multiple contractors doing work on my remodel and one says caulk isn't a good ...
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Shower/Tub caulk cracking on new bathroom shower

We had our bathroom remodeled recently and I noticed the caulk starting to crack around the tub. Upon further investigation it seems this caulk is very poor quality and dissolves when wet. Are there ...