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Off my chest: I hate CAULKING! #5465294 06/28/20 11:34 PM
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Yes, hate is the right word. These home builders use caulking like some miracle lifetime replacement for proper leak protection, but the new homeowner has no idea where or if they are cracked after the initial five-ten years of lifespan it has. Let's be honest here, caulking is simply introduced to cheapen out the home building process. Without caulking, houses would cost about 10% more to build properly, but it will be build better, at least on the exterior, and homeowners will have less rotting, water seepage issues, etc. Exterior caulking should be banned. If I were the president, I would decree exterior banned on all new houses!

I am surprised they haven't figured out a way to create cheap houses out of just cheap caulking. Well, home builders, what are you waiting for? Sigh.

Sunday night vent over.

Re: Off my chest: I hate CAULKING! [Re: dinofish] #5465311 06/29/20 12:51 AM
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But hey! At least you got to use your extension ladder.

Re: Off my chest: I hate CAULKING! [Re: dinofish] #5465326 06/29/20 02:04 AM
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I agree. Caulking for home building is wrong.


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Re: Off my chest: I hate CAULKING! [Re: dinofish] #5465351 06/29/20 04:58 AM
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Something has to seal the area where two materials meet. Use "caulk" you will be doing it every five years. Use "sealant" and you will be an old man by the time it goes bad. There is a difference.


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Re: Off my chest: I hate CAULKING! [Re: dinofish] #5465366 06/29/20 06:01 AM
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i used "50 year" caulk 20 years ago on my windows and doors. It held up well but just recently had the windows cleaned out and recaulked. Some on the sunny side had cracked...partially due to normal settling of the house. I didnt for a minute expect it to last 50 years, but it was the best available at the time. $365 well spent for recaulk.


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Re: Off my chest: I hate CAULKING! [Re: dinofish] #5465403 06/29/20 07:07 AM
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If this were the 1800's you'd be down at the pub complaining about the use of Oakum. grin2


One other thing to keep in mind is that structures move and settle. Especially houses. The constant movement along with temperature swings cause caulk to break down.


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Re: Off my chest: I hate CAULKING! [Re: dinofish] #5465427 06/29/20 07:50 AM
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Phenoseal Caulk will take wood with it should you try to remove it 40 yrs later


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Re: Off my chest: I hate CAULKING! [Re: dinofish] #5465431 06/29/20 07:57 AM
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It's like we were separated at birth. grin

I went back and forth with the builder of my former townhouse for *years* because I had water coming in over a window and their service manager's solution was always "more caulk" above the offending window. I remember telling him that I was concerned that there was so much caulk on that part of the wall that the weight would cause the foundation to collapse.

Long story short, and ironically, the solution was actually more caulk, but it was needed on the fascia board over the unit next to me - wind driven rain would get in via that crack and once the water built up enough behind the siding that my neighbor's window couldn't drain all of it, the water migrated over to my window and came in there. Had anyone on the builder's side used any analytical skills, they'd have figured out after the second or third time that they needed to look elsewhere, but it was easier to slap more caulk over my window and pray that it held.


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Re: Off my chest: I hate CAULKING! [Re: dinofish] #5465450 06/29/20 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by dinofish
Yes, hate is the right word. These home builders use caulking like some miracle lifetime replacement for proper leak protection, but the new homeowner has no idea where or if they are cracked after the initial five-ten years of lifespan it has. Let's be honest here, caulking is simply introduced to cheapen out the home building process. Without caulking, houses would cost about 10% more to build properly, but it will be build better, at least on the exterior, and homeowners will have less rotting, water seepage issues, etc. Exterior caulking should be banned. If I were the president, I would decree exterior banned on all new houses!

I am surprised they haven't figured out a way to create cheap houses out of just cheap caulking. Well, home builders, what are you waiting for? Sigh.

Sunday night vent over.

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I hate using the caulking gun too. I can never make my project look straight & neat. Then there's the mess it can create on fingers, gloves, tooling equipment, rags.... etc.

Then 15 years ago or-so, I found rope caulking. Life is good again. Goggle it. Comes in a big fat roll..... different colors too. You make the seam wide or narrow real easily.


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Re: Off my chest: I hate CAULKING! [Re: dinofish] #5465452 06/29/20 08:26 AM
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Nothing I hate more than caulking and painting. I have done a bunch over the years, but now I pay someone else to do it all. Thank goodness,


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If builders only used OSI Quad (or something better) then it wouldn't be an issue. OSI Quad is amazing.

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Re: Off my chest: I hate CAULKING! [Re: dinofish] #5465505 06/29/20 09:48 AM
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Flashing is ugly but leading the water out and down is a simple procedure. grin2


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Re: Off my chest: I hate CAULKING! [Re: dinofish] #5465515 06/29/20 10:09 AM
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I hate construction people using cheap caulk. Not the good DOW silicone stuff. I also cannot get the finished bead to look good and I have tried the various tools.

I also hate when the previous owner did a major renovate and used nice cedar siding and for exterior trim, finger jointed pine.

And I hate when the previous owner did not read directions for a Velux skylight that said a minimum of 12 degrees pitch in roof where they had 8. Building a curb would have cost an extra $50. Replacing the skylight when it leaks and has internal rotting costs probably $800.


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Re: Off my chest: I hate CAULKING! [Re: Donald] #5465600 06/29/20 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Donald
I hate construction people using cheap caulk. Not the good DOW silicone stuff. I also cannot get the finished bead to look good and I have tried the various tools.



Saliva is the best thing for silicone caulk. Use painter's masking tape at the joint, caulk, and get a good pool of spit in your left palm, wet your right index finger and run down the caulk line. Immediately remove the tape. Once the silicone starts to set up, you're screwed.

If you're a lefty, reverse the hands smile

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