Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Not all caulks are made equally..............
Hello There My Little Baby Foxes,
As you know, I like to educate my readers about a variety of topics. Last week I covered nature and talked about birds. I didn't realize that all of you are so receptive to learning. It just warms the cockles of my heart.
Oh, and speaking of cockles, today I would like to talk about something that may be useful to you homeowners out there. Yes, I would like to talk about caulk.
You see my little helpless furballs, I wouldn't ever want to hear about you being stuck with insects crawling through small cracks in your house, or that you have mildew problems in your tub.
When you have such problems, the answer is in the caulk ! Especially since it's so cheap and easy to use. You could find caulk just about anywhere. Ask my friend Ashleigh for example, as she works at Home Depot.
Anyway, all this information can be so overwhelming at first. And I understand. So I've narrowed it down to a few memorable points................
1.) Caulk can be used to seal cracks and plug holes. So just stick your tube in the crack and fill it with caulk. But don't just fill it up. What you want to do is apply smooth little beads and then smooth them out with your fingers.
2.) Not all caulks are created equally. Not only do they have different purposes, but they come in different colors as well. Like if your bathroom tiles are black, you'd be asking the sales person to help you locate some black caulk. Or if your salesperson isn't helpful, you could always knock on your neighbor's door.
3.) Dear readers because there are many different types of caulk out there for different purposes, I thought I would narrow it down to a few just to throw some names out there: Painter's caulk, acrylic latex and 100% silicone. Just look at the package closely to determine if you picked out the right caulk for the job or not.
4.) Applying caulk can be messy, especially for the inexperienced. It may be easier to use a caulking gun. However, I understand if you are in a rush and just want to get it over with. Anyway, as I was saying, it can get messy. Like if you are straigtening out a bead, you may get some excess caulk on your fingers. Because caulk is so sticky, you can't just wipe it off your fingers. A dirty film may appear on your fingers and smear on things you touch. Also, while you are working on your project, be sure to keep your fingers away from your face, as you wouldn't want to end up getting caulk in your mouth.
5.) I don't really know what to recommend to you, as we all have different needs. But I can say that I would probably go for the Power Grab in the blue tubing on the left.
6.) I would recommend that you buy a large tube of caulk. I think that the caulks featured are about probably about 12 inches long and hold 14 ounces. But if you're broke and can't afford a sizeable amount, that's okay too. Lucky for me, I have small hands, so when I hold the tube, it will seem bigger. Thus, creating the illusion that I have enough to last for the entire project.