Let’s face it, it’s not one of the most anticipated home improvement projects. We’re actually not quite sure we’ve ever heard anyone say they’re looking forward to spending the afternoon caulking, have you? Well, it is something that needs to be done from time to time and quite frankly, it’s not as difficult a task as you may think. See below for 5 quick tips for making caulking and sealing a heck of a lot easier:
#1 – DIY Caulk Gun Sight
If you’ve ever used a caulking gun, you probably noticed it can be difficult to keep the tip of the tube from rotating which can lead to missing the mark. Grab a black marker and make a mark on the long end of the tip. This way, you’ll be able to see when the tube rotates and make sure you correct the positioning for a continuously smooth bead.
#2 – Choosing The Right Caulk
Take a trip down the caulk aisle at your local home improvement store and we’ll bet you quickly become overwhelmed. The possibilities seem endless.
Just remember, for siding, windows and doors, polyurethane is best. For kitchen and bath applications, we recommend silicone products.
#3 – Choosing The Right Gun
Having the right tools for the job really makes the job easier in this case. Look for a caulking gun with a full cradle underneath instead of rails and look for one with ratchet action instead of friction action.
If the gun doesn’t have a tube poker, put it down and look for one that does!
#4 – Cutting The Tip
There are some scenarios where an angled tip will actually work in your favor, but in most instances a straight tip works best. With a straight tip, you’ll be able to maneuver the gun around obstacles and get right into an inside corner. It’s also important to keep the size of the gap in mind. If it’s tiny, cut closer to the tip. If it’s larger, cut a bit closer to the tube.
#5 – Push, Don’t Pull
Rather than trying to drag the caulk over the gap or crack, push it. This will help make sure the caulk sticks to the surface and fills in the space.
And remember, if you need plumbing, heating, air conditioning repair or plumbing repair in Metro Detroit, call Levine & Sons for same day service in your home or business.