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Questions tagged [caulking]

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

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What kind of caulk to use around light fixture on masonite/composite/engineered wood siding?

I have hardboard/masonite/composite/engineered wood siding (but it's not LP or Hardie, which I understand are better and more expensive). I noticed a light fixture and the siding aren't very well ...
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Plastic material to fill small cracks in concrete

What is a plastic material (e.g. caulking or epoxy) that can be used to fill in small gaps and cracks in masonry and keep it tight? I tried using liquid nails but it takes a long to dry and it's ...
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How to seal two adjoining plexiglass sheets for soundproofing?

I am thinking of bolting a giant 1/2" thick piece of plexiglass over the window. Unfortunately the windows in my apartment are massive - 5 foot x 6 foot. The challenge with this is threefold: ...
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Removing Roof Caulking from Jeans After Roof Job?

I'm not exactly sure where to post this question. I've checked a bunch of places on Area 51, and many of the clothing specific StackExchangess have been closed. I figured that the people most ...
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Clear silicone over colored caulk?

I built a shower about 6 years ago, and did the floor/wall joint with a sanded caulk that matched the wall grout color. I spent yesterday digging it out because it had pulled away in several places, ...
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Cracked grout at shower floor/wall intersections - how much do I remove?

The grout where the walls and floor meet in our tile shower was deteriorating. My project for the week is removing it and sealing the shower, then replacing with silicone caulk. One big concern 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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Warped siding letting mice in

Some of my 40yo T1-11 siding has warped leaving gaps at the bottom between it and the house. I think mice may be entering through these. I was told not to caulk because moisture might build up. Other ...
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Do I need to patch the hole in my bathroom drywall behind the vanity?

I have a simple goal: I want to install a new vanity in my bathroom (in the United States, California specifically). However, after extracting the prior vanity, I ended up having to cut some of the ...
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Caulking for transom glass

I am remodeling a transom on a bedroom door. Here is the opening: I plan to put 1/4", brownish tempered glass inside from the POV of the camera, against a 1/2" door stop (can be seen on right and top ...
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Toilet flange issue. Any hope?

The last plumber suggested glue-ing (caulking) the toilet to the floor without any bolts. Is that the best solution for this ? Attaching the photo. The old flange does not gap to fit in the screws / ...
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Can I decorate this skirting board install?

I've just had a carptener install skirting board and I'm struggling to see how I'll decorate them so they look half-decent. After he installed them he complained that the walls were difficult and ...
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how to loosen the faucet's tap flange?

I want to renew the caulk, surrounding the flange, the one that is adjacent to the wall. Is there a way to loosen the flange, or it comes along with the taps? I'm not sure how to do it, and I'm afraid ...
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Caulk between the segments of this modular shower surround?

I found this modular (3-piece) 3-sided plastic tub/shower surround installed at a recent renovation. I can't find any identifying information on it, nor can I locate the contractor who installed it. ...
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How to repair scored hardiplank [duplicate]

In the process of removing old caulking between butt joints, the contractor sliced all the way down into siding/plank below the butt joint. Not sure what action, if any, I should take in dealing with ...
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How do I seal between the soffit and frieze board?

I have a small gap between the wall and the porch roof, probably 1/8 inch or so. I was planning to use caulk to seal it up, but I'm not sure if that is the best product. I don't want to use the ...
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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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How to fill 3/4" gap between tub and tile floor

My house is 120 years old and there are very few level surfaces or right angles. I just had the (alcove) tub and shower replaced. One end of the tub apron is nearly flush with the floor, but the ...
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Remove black residue/mold on bathroom caulking

I have black residue developing along the seams in my bathroom (standing shower). The residue seems to be growing on the white caulking done along the seams. I tried to remove it using the "Scrubbing ...
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Do I need to seal the base of a shower and the surrounding tile?

The "seal" between my shower base (fiberglass) and the surrounding tile started to crack (it is around 5 years old). It is not regular caulking, it's more like mortar/cement. It cracked a little bit ...
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How to fill and paint over chip in powder coated aluminum chair

Not sure whether due to weather/humidity changes or what, but a pretty new outdoor chair that we have has warped and cracked. It's made out of aluminum and powder coated. Whats the best remedy here? ...
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Should I use urethane spray foam or foam rope for caulking wide gaps?

The gaps are irregular around window frame, but the widest are no than half inch (1.3cm) and the frame is flexible metal because the window is uPVC. I can use backer foam that's half inch wide and ...
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Is it okay to apply silicone sealant on damaged silicone?

I did what was suggested and called back window installers to seal it with silicone (they left exterior sealed and water leaked). They told me it's not their job to seal the window only make it but ...
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Should an alternative to silicone sealant be used if I'm new at it? [closed]

I had to research various types of caulk for windows, and the answer was that I should use silicone (or mastic?). Why is silicone is always preferred when you can remove, can't caulk over it and can't ...
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How do I identify if a caulk is water-based or solvent-based?

I have a new position in a hardware store, and I have customers asking me which caulking materials I have are water-based, and which ones are solvent-based. This is important for cleanup and tooling, ...
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How should I air-seal this gap by the floor along an exterior wall?

There's a gap between some of my floorboards and the baseboard: The gap isn't just cosmetic. I used a wooden skewer to probe the hole and was able to insert it around 6 inches in: This is an ...
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Best way to seal a funky gap on shower door frame

I am trying to fix a gap at the shower door frame which I think resutled from previous owner's improper installation/sealing. As you can see, there is this little gap at the shower door frame. That ...
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What are my options for plugging leaking gaps, cracks or seams from the back, in concrete walls?

What type of product are available to plug larger gaps in concrete walls, which are subject to hydrostatic pressure (e.g. wet dirt on one side)? Specifically I have an 18" tall retaining wall type ...
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Sink basin gasket leaking

I've got a sink basin installed under granite that looks kindof like this: All around the outside of the sink sandwiched between the basin and the granite is a rubber gasket that has started to fail (...
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What can I do about small cracks in fireplace (unused) caulk during freezing weather?

It's 1 (one) degree F outside and I discovered some very small (less than 2 inch) cracks/holes in the caulk between my fireplace surround (wall) and the hearth that extends out from the wall (see pic ...
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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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Should I use caulking or silicone to seal around a new door frame of exterior stucco house?

A have installed a new exterior door frame to my stucco house and I still need to seal the perimeter before the winter rains. However, since I plan to repaint the exterior stucco a different color ...
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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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Sealing fully cast-in floor joists

My house built in 1928 has concrete filled spaces between the floor joists and rim joist. There are gaps in some of them, some 1" wide with most being very small. I suspect these gaps could be the ...
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Using Cedar Planks for shower ceiling

I have an old house that came with stained wooden planks for the lower bathroom shower ceiling. I recently tore down the ceiling in order to fix a drain leakage in the shower above. Now im looking to ...
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Caulk/Drywall crack between Shower/Tub and Wall?

So I have what looks to be a small crack next to my shower/tub (One of the fiberglass inserts) and the wall next to it. Im assuming this is just where the silicone/caulk has dried and cracked? Is ...
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Caulking/Sealant for Conduit Pipe on Roof?

I had a contractor come by my house recently to do AC maintenance for the unit located on my roof. While up there, he mentioned that the conduit pipes that carry the electrical wires were not rated ...
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Removing silicone caulk from wall for painting?

I made a big mistake. Before painting my sun room, I wanted to prep the walls and surfaces for paint (the sun room is three walls made up of cement blocks and windows, and the fourth wall is the old ...
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Caulking a baseboard - which bit do you paint?

If I am using decorator's caulk to fill the gap at the top of the baseboard, I am left with a bead of caulk. I know I need to paint the caulk, once cured, to stop it attracting dust. So how do I paint ...
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How to fill gap in front door trim

Moved into a home which has a wooden frame strip around the front door. The strip does not extend all the way to the ground, and there's a small gap there (as shown in the attached photo). That gap ...
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Sealing space between counter and stainless stove

What's the best material to use to seal the gap between my counters and the stove? It's a pretty tight fit but we don't want any crumbs and food bits to get in there. If we use caulk will it stick ...
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Caulking around base of toilet

I just remodeled my bathroom by the master bedroom and the toilet needed to be shimmed since the tile around the flange was a bit higher than where the toilet bowl ends. After shimming there is a ...
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Leaky Shower Drain…Caulk or Replace?

I have been experiencing a leak onto my first-floor ceiling from my shower. It only happens when someone is standing in the shower, making me think it's likely a drain issue caused by pressure rather ...
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DIY Grout / Caulk

I have my adult son living in my basement. He noticed water dripping about a month ago, then it stopped. A month later he noticed it again. My son in law suggested it may be from the missing caulking ...
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Sealing things under a furniture-style vanity

Back Story: We are redoing our half-bath and are replacing a pedestal-style sink (the $75 ones you can find at Lowe's) with a much nicer furniture-style vanity (specifically this vanity). So we ...
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Should I apply caulk before or after washing with TSP?

Should I apply painters caulk before or after I wash the walls and trim with TSP? I don't know if the TSP would damage the new caulk. I'm going to be painting the interior of a 100-year-old house. ...
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What paint should I use over decorator's caulk so that it matches the surrounding area?

I have some overzealous use of decorator's caulk that I wish to paint over. However when I paint over it, it comes up cracked, and more importantly a darker shade so it's obvious. What type of paint ...
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Best method for sealing underneath basement window sill?

There is a large gap underneath the bottom sill of the window, that is currently caulked when the house was built. I would like to strengthen the waterproofing here. I'm thinking backer rod with ...
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Caulking question

So I've never applied caulking before and need to refresh around my kitchen sink and tub. Question: is it ok if some gets smoothed over on the actual sink and tub or does it need to fit in the ...
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When is acetone not effective when cleaning up residual caulking?

I have read in several places, including here, that using acetone as part of a caulking clean step is useful/effective. I have scrapped off most of the caulk on my bath tub and am trying to clean the ...