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Safely and cleanly remove mirror stuck with silicone adhesive from wooden frame

I have a 27" wide mirror that has been glued with a silicone adhesive on a plywood frame that's about 10mm thick. The height of the mirror is roughly 36". I'm looking for some advice on how ...
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Bath tub sealing

I filled the bathtub before sealing around it . I drained the water after 3 hours because I needed the the bath empty for a few minutes. Then I filled the bath up again. Does that cause a problem in ...
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Why does caulk sometimes escape the back end of the tube instead of the nozzle?

The tube, which I bought in December 2021, says Batch 21E11 Expiry 05/2023 I'm taking this to mean that it was produced one month before purchase, and at this time still has 15 months before expiry. ...
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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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How to ensure silicone gun products last as long as possible

Over time I have used many products that require a gun. The issue I have is I do not use these often. Meaning I will buy, for example, some silicone, apply to the area and then return the tube with ...
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What should I use to fill the gaps in tile before placing luxury vinyl planks over them?

I'm installing luxury vinyl planks with an underlayment in my basement. They will go over top of an existing tile floor. I've heard mixed opinions on whether filling in the gaps in the tile is ...
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What are the minimum and the maximum grout lines/gaps that you can cover with 100% silicone?

What are the minimum and the maximum grout lines that you can cover with 100% silicone? With grout line I mean the space between two tiles, without any applied; I don't mean covering a grouted space ...
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How do you preserve expensive 100% silicon color match for your grout for long term?

I have ordered this https://thefloorbox.ca/products/tec-accucolor-100-silicone-sealant-62052?sku=TA155909&gclid=...
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Tub Surround separated from wall

I recently removed the shower doors on our tub and after I removed them I noticed the fiberglass tub surround is separated from the wall on one side. Is it ok to run a bead of bathroom silicone ...
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Faucet flush against backsplash, how to seal?

Have two bathroom faucets that were installed completely flush. Replacing the silicone caulking. Should I leave them installed and just caulk around and on top? Or first remove the base and caulk the ...
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Silicone between glass and wood frame

I have this custom made stained glass piece that I want to fit inside my transom above a room door. The picture shows wooden slats (1/2 x 1") used to hold the glass on one side, the other side ...
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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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Silicone and bathroom tile: how long is it viable?

A few months ago we had a home inspector in who mentioned that some of our tile grout was starting to fail around our tub/shower, and that it should be replaced as soon as possible, preferably with a ...
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Problems removing silicone from brick

In the process of remodeling the house and there was some "decorative" plywood attached on both sides of a sliding glass door. It was fastened with masonry nails and seals with silicone ...
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How to properly strip silicone wire insulation?

The silicone high temperature double (fiberglass weave?) insulated wire is not getting stripped by wire strippers because it is very soft and seemingly molded onto the wire. How can I remove the ...
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Is there a non-glossy silicone for granite backsplashes?

We recently had LEATHERED granite countertops installed. We are waiting for the majority of the kitchen backsplashes to be cut to height in order to fit under existing wall tile, but one piece was ...
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Why is silicone caulk "falling" or peeling away from new bath countertop and wall?

About 6 months ago, we hired a remodeler/carpenter to install a new bathroom vanity top. They caulked around the vanity and it looked good until a couple of months ago, when it started to gap and tear ...
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Is Advanced and Supreme silicone worth the extra cost over the All purpose silicone? [closed]

This is a general inquiry into silicone sealants that you buy at home improvement stores in 10oz tubes. Many of us have fallen a victim to “Good/Better/Best” marketing strategy of manufacturer ...
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Mend a Silicone lump

Last night I made a vertical silicone bead Roughly 1.8m long. I used a fugi tool. The bead has a 10cm section that looks lumpy in the Centre. Now it has been curing for 12hours. Can I cut this ...
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What caulk to use for basement leaks at cove joint where floor meets the wall? Polyurethane, silicone, or latex-based Drylok?

I noticed a small moist patch of the floor near a radon mitigation system. However, I suspect that it has little to do with the radon system but was due to failed caulking at the cove joint, as there ...
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Siliconed round windows before repainting jambs - should have done it after? [duplicate]

I'm repainting a room. I've scraped back the loose paint (in places back to plaster), filled, sugar soaped and, to my low standards, it's ready to paint. I also scraped out the old mouldy silicone ...
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Small hole in shower base

I have a shower at home that was installed before I arrived. Water leaks when someone takes a shower. By having water running through the drain, I confirmed the leak does not come from the drain or ...
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What is the difference between food-grade caulk and caulk labeled for kitchen use?

I want to caulk the edges of my kitchen sink. Since I use the sink regularly to wash food and do dishes, I want to make sure there won't be contamination. I am considering 2 types of caulk. This food-...
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Thorough removal of uncured silicone sealant

I have used silicone sealant to seal our toilet bowls's socket against the floor tiles. It turned out, the sealant was overaged and didn't cure anymore. So the socket and the bowl is contamined with ...
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How to apply silicone to an edge (tidily)

How can I coat an edge with silicone? There are caulking tools for all kinds of joints such as these, but there seems to be no such tools for edges. I tried using my fingers, but this is far from tidy....
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How to clean off old elastomeric

We have a flat roof that sprung a leak last year, I'm just getting around to repairing it. What I found is that the existing elastomeric coating was not put in correctly - it is bubbling (meaning the ...
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Is a long shower the main cause of this leak? Would clear silicone on all grout lines help?

We are in a brand new house for the past 1 year. From the first month onward, we have noticed water coming out from under the door jamb pictured here. When we put a plastic sheet all over the shower, ...
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Plumbers Silicone Grease vs Dielectric Grease

Can I use plumbers silicone grease as a substitute for silicone dielectric grease? They both appear to contain dimethypolysiloxane and silicone dioxide. Is this the same product given different ...
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Is caulk referred to as silicone caulk?

I know there is a difference between silicone and caulk? Sometimes I see caulk referred to as silicone caulk which makes me think it is silicone or a type of silicone. Is it correct to use the term ...
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Should I use silicone or caulk between skirting board and vinyl tiles, cement and vinyl tiles?

Should I use silicone between vinyl tiles and wooden skirting? I imagine yes since the skirting board may contract even though the tiles do not? What about if there is no skirting i.e. vinyl and ...
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Which caulk around the sink in kitchen is a health-safe?

I need to glue a metal sink within the hole in the countertop - a gap has appeared in one place of contact-edge between the sink and top-counter. Many people have recommend silicone. My question is ...
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Good way to seal a large ceramic tile to a glass surface?

I complete glass reptile cages by attaching electric heat tape to part of two of the four walls and under about 1/3 of the floor to create a “hot spot.” There is a thermostat with a sensor probe ...
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How do I break a shower tray silicone seal with limited access?

I have a leaking pipe joint under my shower tray and need to remove the shower tray to gain access. The side of the tray is sealed to the wall with silicone. The top of this joint is covered by the ...
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Sealing skirted bathtub

There are plenty of tutorials for sealing/caulking bathtubs. However, my bathtub has a kind of skirting around its edge, as in picture: How do I go about that? Should I caulk both edges? I plan to ...
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Accidentally removed part of rubber strip between bathtub and glass while replacing silicone caulk

I've had moldy, leaky silicone in my shower for a while, and decided it's time to replace it. But I got over-eager in pulling it out and got a chunk of an also-moldy rubber seal/spacer/gasket that's ...
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Recipe for homemade Sugru (Oogoo) that permanently adheres to objects

https://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Sugru-IMPROVED/ has a reply of: Let's see... 1.5 units (by volume) of cornstarch mixed with 2 units of silicone. Add some kind of paint for color. OR maybe ...
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How to keep neutral silicone?

So, I bought this neutral silicone tube to seal a couple of cracks. The tube of silicone is still half full. How do I store it?
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What is the right viscosity of silicone grease for ceramic-discs in mixer faucet?

Hi. What is the right viscosity of a silicone grease to lubricate between the ceramic-discs of single lever mixer faucet? NLGI-00,NLGI 1,NLGI 2 etc. Thanks.
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How do I clean sealant/silicone from a glass mirror?

I did a poor job of applying silicone sealant to the seam between a glass mirror and the splash back below it. I need to clean-up the smears that I got onto the mirror and the splash-back. How do I do ...
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Spreading silicone caulk thin?

I'm using silicone as an impromptu paint/varnish (the object to be varnished can and will flex in ways typical varnish won't survive). I've used a bit of cardboard as a spatula to mild results - not ...
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What's the difference between "silicone sealant" and "MS-polymer" sealant?

MS polymer (MSP) looks like silicone. It also comes in a tube, looks the same when it's liquid. Here are the differences I found with silicone caulk: it looks a bit less flexible when cured (looks ...
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Removing old silicon sealant and it's very sticky

I'm replacing some old silicon sealant around my bathroom sink. I've already done around the bath tub and that was fine: I removed the old sealant with a knife, cleaned it up and reapplied a new bead. ...
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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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Remove silicone stain from ceiling

I made a mistake and ended up with a very light coat of cured silicone spread in the ceiling. So looking at an angle, this ceiling area is shining. I can't just scrap it off because it very thin and ...
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Would applying silicone grease to an EPDM seal/gasket be helpful or hurtful?

I'm repairing a Samsung front-load washing machine and had to take the tub apart. The tub consists of two halves which are joined by a number of bolts and a thin (approximately 1/4) seal which ...
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Shower leaking out the grout

First off, I am not very handy, and my husband is even less so. We have lived in our house almost 2 years and it is 13 years old. During the inspection, I believe the grout in the corners was ...
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Silicone use to bond wood boards at high temperature? [closed]

I'm in a composites manufacturing class, and I'm looking to make a one-off carbon fiber mountain biking handlebar from prepreg. As I don't want to invest in the metal needed to make a proper mold, ...
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Alternative to Silicone Wood Filler for Door Frame

We're very nearly at the end of a very tiresome refurb of our downstairs area. As you can see from the photos, our builder has used silicone wood filler where the floor meets the door-frame. His ...
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Helicoil for plastic

My automower have been opened too many times/with too much force, so the thread is gone some places. Could I use some building silicone I'm the holes, or will it come out the next time I unscrew?
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Mounting Acoustic Foam in a rented flat

I'm looking for a reversible way to mount my acoustic foam on the wall. My current plan: using Sanitary Silicone from a cartridge. This is in the hope that it would both stick easily and is ...
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