How to Caulk

I tend to favor caulk for many home repairs. It’s easy to use, and looks clean and fantastic when you’re done. There happens to be a gap by our front door, between the tile and the door frame that collects leaves and other atrocities. I’m sick of the mess, so today I got down there to have at it.

I got down with the vacuum and a tiny screw driver to dig out as much of the mess as possible. I found 3 screws and more leaves than seemed physically possible in the process. I then sprayed everything down with vinegar and scrubbed it with paper towels, then let it dry.

You can see the gap here. It’s almost a 1/4 inch wide. After everything dried, I went to the garage to find my equipment. You will need: caulking gun, tube of caulk, paper towels, scissors, and caulk smoothing tool.

Caulking gun with tube of caulk already in it. When you go to put a new tube of caulk in, don’t cut the tip off until you have it securely in the caulking gun. Then you can use scissors and cut a tiny bit of the white tip off. Any time you have the caulking gun just sitting around, have a paper towels under it, because stuff will squeeze out slowly, but continuously.

I don’t know exactly what these things are called, but it’s specifically for smoothing caulking down into corners. These things are super cheap, and worth every penny. Don’t think you can use you finger or something and get a similar result.

So I filled the gap in with lots of caulk. It was really deep, but I went ahead and filled it. (THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!!) (btw, it was very hard not to name this post “Why I Love Caulk”).

This is what it looks like when you first spread the caulk.

And this is after one quick swipe of the caulking tool. Super easy and fast. You can see I need to paint, but caulking comes first. Once it dries you can paint over it. This particular caulk will stay white, but they make other kinds, including one that goes on white and dries clear. I prefer the white in the bathroom because it makes the shower look all nice and clean. This particular problem was very easy to take care of, and it took me longer to write this post than to do the actual work!

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September 15, 2010. Tags: , , , , . House Stuff.

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