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Caulking Basics

Posted by Mike Garman on

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Every caulking job has its’ own requirements and variables. Proper application starts with knowing the right type of caulk to use and a plan to complete the particular job.

Preparation of the area to be filled always includes removal of debris and thorough cleaning. Just filling the gap with caulk without cleaning will not ensure the best longevity for the time, effort and money you’ve spent on your project. Make sure you scrape, brush and blow out loose particles in and around the gap.

If you have never used a caulking gun, practice a couple beads on an area first to get the hang of it. Buy a caulking gun that is a “dripless model”. That means it automatically releases pressure on the tube when you release the trigger so that it does not run out of the tube constantly. You can really control the flow much better this way.

Cut the tip around a 45 degree angle. For a small joint, cut the tip narrow and for larger gaps, cut more of the tip off. Insert the tube into the caulking gun and as you squeeze the trigger, always pull the caulk along the joint. Making contact with the surface of the joint will ensure a smoother application and the 45 degree angle of the tip should be facing the gap. This will help force the caulk into making good contact in the joint.

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