A Small Home Project-How to Caulk


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A Small Home Project-How to Caulk

  1. 1. You can do it I will show you how!
  2. 2. You will Need:  A tube of caulk  Caulk gun  Thin rubber gloves (optional)  Sponge if using latex caulk
  3. 3. First determine which type of caulk you need:  There are two basic types of caulk
  4. 4. The two types of caulk are: Latex and Silicone
  5. 5. The Differences Are: Silicone Latex  Use on wood, walls & other  Use on wet surfaces (around dry surfaces sinks, faucets, tubs)   Dries fast (2 hours) Mold & mildew resistant   Can be painted Won’t shrink or crack   Can be used to patch small Use on ceramic tile, glass, holes and gaps metal, plastic & wood   Flexible but can shrink Not paintable
  6. 6. Next  Be sure to follow package directions  Temperature and weather are important!  Clean area to be caulked  Remove dirt, grease and moisture  Remove old caulk
  7. 7. Bead Size  The “bead” is the caulk that comes out of the tube  The size of the bead depends on the amount of caulk you need to fill the gap or hole  You can control the size of the bead by where you cut the nozzle on the tube of caulk
  8. 8. Bead Size •The size of the bead depends on where you cut the nozzle. •The closer to the end the smaller the bead. •The further from the end the larger the amount of caulk.
  9. 9. Loading the Caulk Gun  Push lever at end of gun and hold in place  At the same time pull metal bar back to allow room for caulk tube  You can now use nozzle (also called spout) cutter on the side of the caulk gun
  10. 10. Push Lever Pull metal bar to allow room for cartridge.
  11. 11. Ready to use The caulk gun is loaded and ready to go!
  12. 12. Applying Caulk  Apply caulk to surface  Smooth using gloved finger  Try to avoid excess, use a small amount
  13. 13. Before Note gap in corner of moulding
  14. 14. After Gap is filled.
  15. 15. Smooth it out!  Latex-use a damp sponge  Silicone use gloved finger  Be careful silicone is sticky
  16. 16. Let Surface Dry  For Latex allow 2 hours to dry  For Silicone allow 24 hours to cure
  17. 17. Congratulations!  By caulking your own projects you can:  Avoid costly repairs  Not have to rely on others to help you  Be empowered because you can to it yourself!
  18. 18. You can do it! Give it a try!