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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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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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How to fix small holes/separation in caulk around bathtub?

I'm sure this is a relatively simple task but I've never done it before and want to make sure I get it right. There are some holes/separation appearing in the caulk between the bathtub and the wall ...
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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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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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What is the proper preparation to re-apply silicone caulk?

We have a Swan Stone shower surround that consists of 3 solid surface panels caulked at the corners with a corner molding them applied and caulked. The previous owners weren't great at things like ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to remove and replace base molding, and not have to repaint the wall?

I am dealing with recent flooding in my apartment. As you can imagine, I am doing repairs myself. The work is financed by my insurance company, which has been pretty good about it. There is just one ...
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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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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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how to clean caulk between tub and tile

I am removing the caulk around the bathtub and tile. I believe the previous owner removed the grout out and filled the gap entirely with caulk. I applied silicone remover which is helping but there ...
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When should I use caulk?

As a new goal, I am looking to pick up DIY projects around my house. I am new to DIY projects and am trying to make our food pantry look better. There are 1/10th to 1/4th in gaps between the shelves ...
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Is it normal for acrylic caulk to dissolve?

I didn't want to purchase a new shower door kit as we plan on remodeling the bathroom in the next five or so years, so I had to deal with the horrible old existing sliding doors and track. The bottom ...
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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 can I prevent water from puddling on a shower ledge?

I'm about to paint/re-caulk the walls above a fiberglass shower. There's a ledge that I'd just as soon eliminate by putting in something to slope and prevent water from puddling in the corner (shown ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can I use silicone “window & door” caulk between a kitchen counter and backsplash?

I need to caulk my granite counter-top and ceramic tile back-splash. The big box store only has "kitchen" caulk in white, clear and almond. These colors are not going to work for me, I really want to ...
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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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What kind of caulk should I use for sealing windows to drywall?

I installed new vinyl windows and now need to caulk them to the drywall of the window boxes on the interior side. What kind of caulk should I use? I've generally been using a nice silicone caulk, but ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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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 best way to caulk this improperly installed bathtub?

How do I caulk this beast? I was trying to replace the caulking, took out the old caulking to find out that the bathtub was improperly installed, and the tiles are not over the lip. There is this half ...
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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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Is this caulk not intended for use around my tub?

I am recaulking around the edge of the bathtub where the tub meets the tile on the wall. I got caulk listed as "for kitchen & bath": Loctite PL(Pro Line) 530. I haven't used the shower in weeks ...
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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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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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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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How can I remove the caulk from this window?

The caulk is cracked around the exterior window (see picture). It leads to some funky leaks... I bought new caulk and know how to apply it but what I don't know is how to remove it. It doesn't feel ...
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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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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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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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What quality caulks are available in the United States of America? [closed]

I have heard numerous bad things about DAP® ALEX® Painters Caulk cracking etc. Looking for suggestions what some better quality caulk is that is preferably paintable without primer and is available ...