Caulk Like A Professional - Put Away Your Finger

 


Article by: Doug Gelbert

The history of caulk in America began in 1638 when Finnish settlers built the first log cabins in America along the banks of the Delaware River. They shoved clay and moss into the cracks between logs to keep out the winter , What To Look for When Buying Beds? cold.

Modern caulk is no longer made of clay but of materials such as silicone and acrylics. Applying caulk in and around your house , Your Whole Air Purifier is among the easiest and most beneficial of all homeowner projects. Like the clay chinking of pioneer days, today's caulk also seals small gaps in brick, wood, , Choosing And Care Of Oriental Rugs drywall and other common house , Gas Stoves - Pros and Cons construction materials. Trapping interior , Screw for Peace of Mind! heated or cooled air , Five Flooring Design Tips will save , Hot Tubs, Good Investments, Yay or Nay? many dollars of utility costs but caulking pays even bigger dividends.

A properly caulked house , Home Improvements - Expressing an Attitude will direct moisture , Guide to Buying a Flat Screen TV away from the foundation and wooden , Butt Sets, Punch Down Tools and Tone Generators All Have Something in Common support systems preventing rot to the structure of the house. , Screw for Peace of Mind! Caulked gaps also prevent wood-devouring insects from easy gateways to your house's framing. And yet another thing the flexible caulk will keep out of your living space - noise, thus increasing the aural comfort of your home. , An essential guide to planning and maintaining your bathroom

There are many types of caulk. The one you choose will depend on your project. If you will be painting , Toilet Bowl Mop And Toilet Bowl Brush Information. over the caulk you cannot use a silicone-based caulk since it is not paintable. Silicone will bond to almost anything, however, making it a good sealant for non-porous substances such as ceramic tile, , Upright Vacuum Cleaners A Really Powerful Clean glass , Hot Tubs, Good Investments, Yay or Nay? and metal , Butt Sets, Punch Down Tools and Tone Generators All Have Something in Common surfaces. A masonry caulk retains elasticity and will remain in cracks in mortar and concrete. , Guide to Buying a Flat Screen TV Caulk comes in many colors , Ceiling Fan Selection to match the existing surface color. , Lamps Are Decorative And Functional Too You can even buy a clear caulk.

Caulk is applied from either a squeeze tube or a caulk gun, with the gun usually being the preferable of the two in laying a precise bead of caulk. To begin, slice open the tube of caulk at a 45-degree angle with a utility knife. Practice a little with the gun, engaging and releasing the trigger. After laying down the desired bead of caulk, immediately release the trigger which will halt the flow of caulk.

After applying the caulk you may be tempted to even out the bead with your finger - as all the home , Toilet Bowl Mop And Toilet Bowl Brush Information. improvement shows and instructional books direct. Resist the temptation. Before setting about on your caulking adventure purchase a small fitch brush which is commonly used to apply shellac. A fitch brush is shaped like a closed rose , Home Improvements - Expressing an Attitude pedal. Also bring along a small container of water , Is Your Bathroom Cabinet Efficiently Organized? to your point of attack.

After laying down your bead of caulk, dip your fitch brush in the water , The Little Giant Ladder is the Best and brush down the bead until it is smooth and has completely filled the gap. If you have laid down too heavy a bead, you may have to dip the brush more than once to keep the caulk workable. Dip the brush back in the water , Ceiling Fan Selection to keep caulk from building , How To Find Quality Living Room Furniture up in the bristles and repeat the process until you have sealed the entire joint. Using this "wet caulking" method is quicker than your finger, tidier than your finger and creates a more attractive finish. And no more will you recoil in pain from rubbing your finger across a jagged splinter.

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