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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 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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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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Opening caulk tube with threaded nozzle

I've just got a tube of XtraBond250 sealant with a threaded nozzle. It's not at all clear how to get started. Do I puncture the tube at the male threaded end? Or cut off the conical portion of the the ...
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Could this crack in shower caulking be causing drywall damage to the subfloor?

I just moved into a townhome (the shower itself installed at time of construction in 2011). I am concerned with cracking of the shower caulking with discoloration. I am going to rip out all the old ...
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silicone caulking at uneven tight tile joints / gap

We have uneven joints around the tub and shower wall. How can we best caulk silicone? Is there any tricks or recommended tools? We are worried about the tight spots.
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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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How to weigh down a plastic shower base while recaulking?

I'm recaulking a shower which has a plastic base that flexes a bit when stepped on in certain spots. This caused the caulking to pull away the last time I recaulked. If this was a tub, I'd fill it ...
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Grout or caulk on tile floor to tile wall

My shower has tile floors and walls and the connection between them is very rough and needs to be re-done. It looks like previously there was some caulk added in spots. What is the recommended ...
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Did I remove more caulk then I should have at shower door frame end?

I'm in the process of recaulking a shower. In removing the old caulking, I got to where the door frame meets the wall and shower pan. There was some caulk there and it was a bit damp, so I started ...
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How should I seal a 2 inch gap between my driveway and garage slab?

First time posting. I was caulking the 2in wide x 16ft long gap between my driveway and garage yesterday and I screwed it up. I cleared most debris out then put play sand as a base. Then I put foam ...
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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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What material should I use to seal door moldings, small holes between walls and floors to prevent roaches?

To clear it up, I am mostly using sealing/caulking interchangeably in this text. Some days ago I started seeing cockroaches in one room that is also connected to another bathroom. I caught 4 over an ...
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How to seal around an existing wood window after removing old siding

We are removing old siding from a house, and replacing it with Hardie lap siding. We are leaving the original wood-framed picture window in place. With the siding removed there are gaps between the ...
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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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What's the best way to secure a top mount stainless steel sink, if the supplied clips don't work?

The clips under my kitchen sink are terrible. It's impossible to get them tight, and as result it's hard to keep the top caulked, and I now have water damage. The clips in question were from a ...
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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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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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How do I finish off a silicone sealant like a professional?

I have patched a couple of places at the base of my shower with silicone rubber sealant, using a caulking gun and it has worked well. The water no longer escapes from the shower. However, where I have ...
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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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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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How can I stop mortar plugs from popping out of slab holes?

Our termite people plugged their dozens of chemical insertion holes using a regular grout and a putty knife. Needless to say the plugs are popping out left and right. (They tell me that is normal, ...
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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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What's the best way to run a wire from inside my garage to the outside?

I'm installing an underground fence for my dog, which requires putting the receiver inside the garage (plugged into an outlet) and running the insulated fencing wire to the outside where it will be ...
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Fixing poor caulk job at aluminum siding and window trim

I am about to have my windows replaced at my home. The openings are all block frame, which from what I understand generally means that the exterior trim of the window doesn't need to be disturbed. A ...
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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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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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How do I caulk where a caulk tube won't fit?

I've got some door moldings that are about 1 inch from the adjacent wall. A caulk gun won't begin to get in there, and pivoting the caulk tube up so it's nearly parallel to both walls still doesn't ...
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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 accelerate caulk drying by using a fan or heater on it?

From what I've found online, caulking takes 24-48 hours to dry. For my purposes, I need to apply caulking to my kitchen sink. However, I am in a time crunch, so I would like to know how caulking ...
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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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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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Do I need to caulk where my vinyl siding meets the edge of my windows?

To help prevent leaks, I was advised by a contractor that I need to caulk where my vinyl siding meets the edges of my windows. Some research of my own reveals quite a bit of debate over this, a few ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Removing Caulk from Quartz bathroom countertop

My contractor used white silicon caulk on my quartz tri-colored brand new bathroom countertop, smearing it in a wide swath on all the seams where backsplash meets the countertop. My quartz countertop ...
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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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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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Can I caulk over cracked grout (shower floor) as a temporary fix?

We have an older shower, with 1x1 tiles on the floor. Some of these, the grout has started to crack, and we want to prevent water damage. However, we've exhausted our renovation budget for the year, ...
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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 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 ...