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Common Sports For Caulking


Step 1. Exterior light fixtures rarely fit tightly to the siding. To block the air infiltration, apply a bead of caulk all the way around the base. Smooth the bead with a wet finger.

 

Step 2. Exterior receptacles have a gasket between the cover plate and the box. However, nothing blocks the air movement around the box. Caulk around the box to fill these holes.

 

Step 3. Dryer vent hoods occupy a lot of area and a loose one lets in a lot of air. If the hood rests on beveled siding, there may be large voids where the siding boards lap. Fill these holes with caulk and smooth the bead with your finger.

 

CAULK APPLICATIONS

Wading through the variety of caulks available is imposing but, fortunately, not impossible. For exterior use you want something flexible and durable, and the best choice is a silicone acrylic caulk. These products are more expensive than basic acrylic latex caulk but they perform better. They also clean up with water, which is a real plus. Sometimes this caulk is available in colors but usually youíll find it only in clear and white versions. If you need color, youíll have to paint over the caulk after itís dry--but make sure you buy paintable caulk.

Using caulk is messy, especially if you over-fill holes and then try to wipe off the excess. Cut the tip off the tube applicator to match the size of most of the holes you want to fill. Use a sharp utility knife and angle the cut to about 45 degrees to get the best bead. Poke the inside membrane of the tube by pushing a long nail down through the applicator. Then slide the tube into the gun, click the trigger a few times so the plunger bears against the bottom of the tube and squeeze the handle. As the caulk starts flowing, move the tip along the hole or crack until itís full.
 

 

 

 

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