Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Caulk like a Pro: Cracks are Whack!

Lots of DIYers cringe at the thought of caulking, but believe me, you can caulk like a pro if you follow a few easy steps. The most important thing, is to buy a high-quality, dripless caulking gun. "Dripless" simply means that the caulk will stop oozing out the second you take your finger off the trigger. Believe me it's worth the extra $$$, I know from experience!
Ready for some tips?
  • Always use paintable caulk...at least I always do! 
  • Cut the nozzle off at the size appropriate for the caulk bead
  • Avoid stops and starts. Lay a bead for as long as you can reach comfortably.
  • Gently smooth the bead with a wet fingertip. [Keep a small bowl a water by your side]
  • Always cap the tube when not in use to keep the caulk workable [I put a brad nail in the head of my caulk]
  • Touch it up with paint if necessary.

Follow these tips faithfully and you'll be caulking like a pro in no time rather than cursing like a sailor!

And believe me knowing how to caulk will save you in the long run!  I just had to put my skills to use this weekend when I was fed up of looking at the cracks going up the stairs.  I HATE cracks!  I mean our house is new and even though I know the cracks are because the house is settling - it looks BAD!  But all it took was a little patience and a lot of paper towels :-)















Easy enough?

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4 comments:

  1. Wow! This is brilliant! I hate caulking, mostly because so much comes out after squeezing the trigger. I didn't know there was a drip less option. Everything you did looks great :)

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    1. Thanks Karen! I hope now that you know there is a drip less option, it helps with all of your caulking projects!

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  2. Thanks for the tips! I have a lot of caulking to do in my house!

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    1. Anytime Lauren....glad that I could help!

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