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

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Water under shower floor caulk

Shower walls and floor are ceramic tile and caulked around bottom. That caulk keeps getting moldy fairly fast, so I removed caulk (this is second time in a few years) and was going to replace. I ...
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How to paint over silicon non-paintable caulk?

I accidentally used some non-paintable silicon caulk on some trim. Does anyone have experience recovering from this? Mechanically removing it sounds slow and tedious. I'm hoping something like BIN ...
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My town house was flooded from my ceiling opening up leaking water, is it the poor caulking we used more than 5 years back?

I have a 1964 townhouse I reside in I love it; however, 3 years ago I felt drops in my kitchen shrugged, I'll see about that later rushing off to work. Then 2 years ago, a bubble began to form in ...
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Ant proofing a wall

For some reason yellow meadow ants have developed a fascination with a certain interior wall in our house. The usual gels, powders and sprays are having little effect. They do slow down for a while ...
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power wash around windows/trim before painting? what about caulking

power wash will get water in all those cracks . is it ok to then caulk a day or two later or will it be wet in there. if i dont power wash the cracks, there will be dirt/grim in cracks, caulk might ...
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Does washroom silicone caulk turn into goo after time?

I found this tube of clear washroom GE caulk in the closet that hasn't been used in over a year. When I tried to apply it yesterday, it was like goo even after drying it for 24 hours. I want to know ...
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Why did the caulk around my tub develop brown/yellowish spots after only two days and what can be done?

Two days ago we re-caulked our tub using DAP Kwik Seal Ultra and left it undisturbed until today. Unfortunately it developed these brownish yellow spots and I am unsure why. I haven't been able to ...
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Sealant for external outlet

What type of sealant should I use for this? I'm assuming 100% silicone.
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Insects coming from gap under baseboard radiator, seeking solution

I have a ground-level apartment in Metro Detroit, Michigan and am renting. I have old-style baseboard radiator heat with a large opening that goes across the length of it, as shown in the photo. ...
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Can i use butyl caulk on a shower drain?

I'm putting in a drain onto a shower base and I have some butyl caulk laying around. It says "gutter and flashing" on it and I'm thinking since it is water proof...can I use it between the drain and ...
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Why caulking turns yellow?

I have caulking around the base of the shower and tub and it turned yellow. Is this normal? It was transparent to begin with.
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How to effectively patch/recaulk small crevices between bathtub and bathroom tile?

There was some mold growing inside the caulk at one corner of my tub so I cut it out. In doing this I discovered I have a few small gaps in the old caulk I'd like to fill. I want to practice ...
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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 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 ...