Mike Flannery is in Denver, CO. But he's perplexed about caulking the trim in a staircase. Here's his full report, albeit abbreviated: "Crack between moulding and top of stair risers indoors. Original caulk cracked. Looked sloppy. Removed caulk. 1/8 in gap. Idea is to put spline in gap as backing prior to re-caulk and then painting. […]
Quick Column Summary: Large crack where ceiling meets wall Cracks develop when attic trusses lose moisture and bow Fix with inexpensive L-brackets Caulk to complete DEAR TIM: I think my house might be falling down. In the past few weeks, a large crack has formed where the ceiling meets the walls in my home. We’ve […]
If you have to remove caulk, a razor blade might be the tool of choice. Depending on the type of caulk installed, and how recently it was installed, you might be able to loosen it up before trying to remove the caulk sealant.
Leaks around the tub can be due to bad caulking or missing caulk. Preparation is one of the most important tips when using tub caulk. The tub and wall tiles must be clean and dry before applying the caulk.
Paint will not hide the gap between the wall and the baseboard. Caulking is required to cover the gap. Knowing how to caulk baseboards will make for a professional looking job. Caulk and a caulking gun is all you need for applying caulk.
Caulks have been around for years. Most caulks made up until 30 or so years ago were solvent based. Water based caulks were introduced in the 1950's and 60's and worked fairly well. Caulks have steadily improved into a water based caulk called a urethane caulk which has many benefits over silicone caulks, including its paintability.
Urethane caulk is hard to find. I got some excellent information from one company and ran into just three other caulk companies that make a urethane caulk. My search even took me to several national home centers. I could only come up with the one brand I already knew about! Here's what I found, including a couple of professional-grade caulking guns.