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Caulking is the action of applying a sealing compound to joints and gaps in building materials.

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How to seal large uneven gap between tub and surround?

I need advice on how to proceed with re-caulking the joint where the tub meets the wall. The previous owners installed a plastic surround around the tub. I have reason to suspect there is tile behind ...
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Installing drain in wood floor

I am installing a drainpan in an upstairs, wood floored laundry room to go under the stacked washer and dryer. I have built the pan of glued and screwed 1/2" plywood bottom and 1x3 sides. The ...
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Best way to replace sealant where concrete driveway meets foundation?

We purchased our house in 2022, it had been previously used as a rental. There are plenty of other examples of your typical "Landlord's Special" around the house — over-caulking in the ...
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Remove old hardened caulk

I'm planning to re-caulk my bathtub as the existing caulk is deteriorating. My house was built in 2005 but am not sure if the bathtub is original to the house. Unlike the flexible silicone caulk ...
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What is the best way to seal open caulk tube for reuse? [duplicate]

I am a homeowner who uses caulking sporadically. What is the best way to reseal the tube for use in 6 months or even a year later? Is there an industry agreed upon method?
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How do I cut away joint compound?

I used a square dowel to mostly fill a gap between a too-short vertical wood panel and the ceiling. The dowel had a slight warp, so when the glue dried, I added a layer of joint compound to bring it ...
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Water seeping through grout where caulking was [closed]

The caulking where the tile meets the bathtub in my bathroom was getting old and going pink so I decided to re-caulk. The bathroom is approximately 20 years old and otherwise in good condition. But ...
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Should this caulk be removed & redone?

I had my tub professionally reglazed. Overall I am not happy with the job. The guy who did the job did not turn off the water, he did stuff paper towel up the tub facet “in case of a drip” but the tub ...
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How do I fix unsightly sides of wooden stairs?

I just bought a house and I’m trying to understand what options I have for fixing the sides of these wooden stairs because the caulking is cracked where the stairs abut the wood paneling. These stairs ...
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At what step of drywall repair and painting should I caulk the countertop to the wall?

We recently had our kitchen countertop replaced with quartz. The installers did not caulk the countertop to the wall, presumably because there is damage to the drywall from the old backsplash being ...
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My frameless glass shower seems to be attached with only silicone. Is this safe? [closed]

My new house has a frameless glass shower that appears to be held to the walls with nothing but silicone caulking. I don't know anything about these kinds of showers, but I did think they usually had ...
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How Critical is the Caulking in My Shower?

I have a walk in shower with a tile pan and cultured marble walls. Where the floor meets the walls, some of the caulking is coming off (see pictures). Behind the caulking that's coming off almost ...
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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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How do I fix this leak in my glass shower surround?

Since we purchased this home in April, we have had issues with a small leak in the glass shower surround, and honestly from looks of it this has been a long persistent issue. We replaced the door ...
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What's the right material (kind of caulk?) to seal where a Bilco doorframe touches my house?

My house has a fairly standard bulkhead with a Bilco door for entering the basement. Recently a leak has developed and water drips in where the metal frame touches the house. There's some old decaying ...
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Worried about fumes from caulk

Hey there I just installed caulk due to the baseboards having room under them (the roaches are hiding in there) my question and concern is of the fume smell from this particular one https://www....
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Upwards sloping AC lines leaking with sprayfoam and caulk

Related to this question, the installer came and applied a silicone caulk around all the individual lines (see pictures below), but it still leaks (though to a lesser degree). Given that now spray ...
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Transition from shingles on mansard to roof - Please help

I recently had the shingles replaced on the mansard around my house, as well as the gutters replaced. The contractors used a ton of caulking to seal the transition. It doesn't look good, and you can ...
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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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Water trapped behind shower caulk?

After removing moldy caulk in a shower it seems that water was trapped behind the caulk. Here's a picture of the base of the door frame which shows the likely entry points for water behind the caulk. ...
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Should the corners of a sliding patio door frame be caulked?

Should gaps in the outside corners of a sliding patio door's frame be caulked to prevent water infiltration, or left as-is?
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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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Waterproofing between foundation and basement walkout door stairs

We have a below-grade basement with a walkout door. In between the concrete stairs and the foundation floor there is a tiny gap (see 1st picture below). During extended heavy rain, ground water would ...
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How to create a nicer transition from our wood and tile

We have an old house were the previous owners installed tile in our kitchen and left the original wood floors in the dining room. He finished the tile with a tile edge trim, but the there is still a ...
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How to store partially-used construction adhesive tube [duplicate]

I use small 295ml caulking tubes of PL Premium construction adhesive for small repair jobs around the house. I usually only use a small amount of adhesive at a time; not a full tube. How can I store ...
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Fix settlement crack between ceiling and wall

I’m fixing up around our house and am tackling this issue. I have a solid crack where my wall, kitchen ceiling, and angled living room ceiling all meet. Looks like someone last used a whole lot of ...
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wood pieces behind peel and stick caulking on bathtub

i just moved into a new house and they had peel and stick caulking on the bathtub that wqs starting to peel away so i knew i wanted to redo it with actual caulking. well i peeled up the old stuff and ...
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Which caulk to use on brick facade around electrical outlet

I'm looking to replace the cover of this electrical outlet on the front brick facade of my house. The previous cover was not caulked or anything and was completely open to the elements (you can kind ...
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Bath sink leaking from top side

I’ve a counter top bath sink and it’s leaking from the top side when not in use. I’ve checked the connections to the faucet and drainage pipes and there are no visible leaks, still tightened them a ...
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What adhesive can I use to temporarily attach a tarp for flood control?

Hurricane Ian dumped so much rain that our neighborhood was flooded by 9-inch-deep rainwater. By sheer luck, after 5 hours, the water stopped rising just 1/2 inch below our thresholds. I wonder if ...
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Process for repairing flaking paint on fascia boards?

The paint on my fascia boards is starting to flake off, especially where different boards meet. I wanted to make sure the process I have in mind looks right: Sand fascia boards w/ 120 grit What kind ...
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Silicone caulk turned yellow within 24 hours

I caulked in my new shower and around my tub with GE Advanced silicone caulk and within 24 hours it turned yellow. Yellow around wall tile in shower and the apron of the tub. Everything in the ...
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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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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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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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What is the best way to caulk this?

I got a generator installed yesterday and noticed the caulking needs to be replaced around the meter box. The transfer switch was installed so close to the meter I have no idea how to strip and re-...
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How is water getting past Bilco bulkhead doors?

Background: 20 year old house with original Bilco classic bulkhead door (see image below). Water was leaking in around the metal Sill and rotted the top step and stringer. I removed all the old caulk ...
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Should I caulk this window trim separating from the window

I have windows where the trim is separating from the window at the bottom half of the window frame. Should I caulk it? Or is there a different solution? I don't believe that I can nail in the trim ...
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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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Leaves from tree sticking to new outside caulk

I had a person recaulk my patio cement where it meet a brick retainer will last week, he did it about 12 hrs before it rained. He said it was the best on the market and it would be fine with a few ...
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Can I recaulk joints in a fiberglass shower surround after removing old caulk?

There's a fiberglass shower stall in my bathroom. It consists of two wall panels and one pan, and there seems to be glue/caulk in the seams between them, as shown in the photos. I wonder if I can ...
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Is it OK to cover a window's accessory groove with exterior casing?

I have installed some vinyl window and will next install the exterior casing. The exterior of the window has 'accessory grooves' at the edge of the frame, which I don't like the look of. (They are a ...
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Repair crack between wall and ceiling

I have a crack where the ceiling meets the wall. The ceiling is drywall and the wall is wood (log). At its widest point (on the right) the crack is 1" wide and it tapers to the left and runs for ...
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Sealing siding around a chimney

I have water coming in from around my chimney. The roofers didn’t finish it, unfortunately I just bought the house so I need to fix it myself. What’s the easiest and best solution to sealing off the ...
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DAP caulking inside cabinets safe?

My apartment has some old handmade cabinets with some large seams at the edges. I started closing them with DAP latex caulking (alex Acrylic Latex Caulk Plus). I noticed that once dry if I swipe on ...
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Should I re-caulk window drip edge?

I've noticed that the caulking along the drip edges of several windows at my home are cracking (see attached photo). I had a window repair man take a look and he said that this was merely cosmetic and ...
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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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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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Recaulking a Standard size shower stall

How many tubes of caulk is needed to recaulk a standard size shower stall?
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Bathroom Grout Cracking

The bathroom was renovated by the previous owner last year and has been seldom used. However, there are cracks found at the joints, e.g. along the red lines. What might be the cause? Was it wrong to ...
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