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Home Improvement  /  September 26, 2018

Caulking Basics Every Homeowner Should Learn

Caulking is one of the many tasks you can do even without the help of the pros, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Most do-it-yourself caulking projects often lead to a mess, especially when people attempt to wing it. This is why it’s important to learn the basics of caulking before starting the project.

Handyman Connection® of Golden shares some tips on caulking like a pro:

Finding the Right Caulk and Dispenser

Caulk has three variants: latex, silicone, and butyl rubber. For dry areas, the experts suggest using vinyl latex caulk. Its thin consistency makes them easy to apply plus they are easy to clean and leaves little odor. Silicone caulk, on the other hand, is perfect for wet areas. This type of caulk is flexible and can last for a long time without peeling or cracking. Lastly, the butyl rubber works best for exterior projects because it can effectively seal gutters, flashings and roof vents.

Removing Old Caulk

Use a retractable razor blade scraper to remove the old caulk. This tool allows you to get all the stuck-on caulk off the ceramic tile wall and even the lip of the tub or sink.

Taping Off the Surfaces

Mask both edges of the joint to set the width and protect the surrounding finish material from being smeared by caulk. Keep the tape straight and use a long section of tape. Remember that the joint will look best if it’s about a quarter of an inch wide.

Applying the Caulk

To apply the caulk, position the tip of the tube at a 45-degree angle between horizontal and perpendicular. Work a speed that is slow yet consistent. Lastly, smooth the joint for better results.

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