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

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Preventing silicon caulk from sticking to itself while creating tubes

Preventing silicon caulk from sticking to itself Food Grade RTV Silicone Sealant Adhesive Clear 10.3oz when creating tubes. Some videos show using hot water and some videos show using cold water and ...
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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 caulk wide gap around bath

I want to re-do the caulk around my bath, but the gap starts small and grows to about 4cm. It doesn't need to be a perfect finish -- just enough to stop the water until the bathroom is refurbished ...
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Re-caulking vinyl windows exterior, what material do I remove, what needs to stay?

The addition to our home has very low quality vinyl windows, and board and baton siding. There are some gaps starting to appear. Looking at the photo, arrow #1 points to ~3/8" of a caulk or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I do silicone caulking touch ups next day after fresh caulking?

I just caulked my bathroom using silicone but I am not happy with what I did in a few spots Can I do some touch ups next day? This is mostly costmetic for fixing either rougher areas or uneven areas. ...
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Removing old caulk to clean mold, started pulling up unknown layer

I'm removing some old caulk from my tub to deal with some mildew (photo below). While stripping the caulk, I've started pulling up an unknown piece behind the caulk (second photo). My initial thought ...
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What caused a new caulking job around a tub to develope pin holes within hours

please help... I had a contractor replace old caulk around my bathtub yesterday. Last night I noticed a small pinhole which at first looked like a speck of dirt, Today there are several more pinholes, ...
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I put caulking in between tiles that had grout already underneath it. What do I do?

My floor tiles had unsealed grout already in between the tiles. I went to Home Depot and bought a “sealant”, but it was actually caulking. I ended up putting caulk over top the unsealed grout in ...
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Lining around tub is coming off

The lining around my tub is coming off, can anyone point me in the right direction on how to fix this myself? I found a YouTube video on how to caulk a tub: which I guess is what I will go with that, ...
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Exterior caulking - metal to concrete, metal to metal, metal to painted wood (pacific northwest). Any negatives of dow 795?

I am looking for a long lasting caulking for exterior work. I have primarily metal cladding but there is metal to metal, metal to concrete and metal to painted wood areas that need caulking. I ...
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How is water getting onto the garage foundation sill in area near electrical penetration and weep hole?

There is a small amount of water that seeps in and shows up on top of the foundation sill on the inside of my garage in this area. It only happens during a hard wind driven rain. Do you think it is ...
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Can I apply caulk over exterior wood filler?

I am re-caulking trim that is over T-111 siding over my window that faces the brunt force of winds and rain in the Pacific Northwest. There were leaks over the window that appeared to be coming in ...
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Caulk/paint between wall and ceiling falling off, how to paint over?

We just removed wallpaper from one wall in our new house. Most of the wall underneath just looks like plastered concrete wall, however, close to the ceiling, it looks like there is instead white paint ...
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Condensation and air leak from skylight

I Recently started seeing condensation on my skylight. Skylight is installed in the bathroom. Sometime on windy day I feel air coming through skylight. If I raise my hand up towards it I can feel ...
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Should I caulk the top and bottom of my windows on the outside?

Lots of ladybugs in the house today, and I read that they're getting in through the windows, so I went to inspect. One window in particular has a large gap at the bottom. All of the windows on my ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to fix the slant of bathroom floor

This is a follow up question to How long does caulk need to dry in a 1" gap? Some additional background information is that this is in China and bathrooms are not designed for contained bathtubs/...
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glue to fix rubber gasket on kettle

I have a Sunbeam electrical kettle that started leaking. I took it apart and found a crack in one of the rubber gasket/grommet pieces that hold the plastic water reservoir in place on the metal ...
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Leaky Windows caused drywall discoloration / damage - how to approach repair?

After a heavy rainfall I noticed that an area of the drywall was discolored and cold/soft and managed to push it in (woops). This area is usually behind a curtain so we never noticed it before. I ...
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Caulking wood panels at bottom of bay window configuration

A contractor doing some other work around the house noticed a small section of wood on the panel of the bay window in this picture was starting to soften. He recommended caulking the bottom to keep ...
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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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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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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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