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Walls Category: Exterior Walls: Caulking

Improvement Project:

How to caulk in the gaps between your wood house frame and the outside covering of either masonry or brick.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Caulking gun

  • Siliconized acrylic latex caulking tube (in the appropriate color, but white is most common)

  • Flexible joint knife

  • Scraper

  • Screwdriver

Guide:

 

You may notice that the caulking covering crevices around your house is becoming worn-out or otherwise in need of re-caulking.  Keeping your caulking maintained around your house, specifically between the wood framing of the house and either a masonry or brick outer covering is especially important for a variety of reasons, from helping to contribute to the energy efficiency of your house to keeping your house free from pesky pests, etc. 

Getting rid of the old caulking around your house and replacing it with new caulking can be done in a few steps, and here's how:

  1. Using a scraper, scrape off all the old, coming-apart caulking found between the wood trimming of your house and either the masonry or brick.

  2. For tight spots where the scraper will not fit, use a screwdriver to help remove the old caulking.

  3. Next, with the appropriate caulking tube already cocked in the caulking gun, use the caulking gun to apply the new caulking in the places of where the old caulking was previously removed, between the wood trimming and either the masonry or brick.   (If you plan to paint over this caulking, remember to use the caulking that will tolerate paint, as some caulking product types do not tolerate the application of paint, cracking after such a paint application.)

  4. As may be applicable, use a joint knife to go over all the caulking in an effort to make sure it has been applied as neatly and nicely as possible.

That's how to get rid of the old caulking around your house and replacing it with new caulking.

Ed the Handyman

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