I have been trying to caulk all cracks in my pre-war apartment (tons of cracks) and have a question about caulking.
has anyone noticed that the clear acrylic caulk dries to seemingly half the volume of what it is when wet? I applied clear caulk and thought I had filled cracks but when I look at it today after it has dried some, I see that the cracks (the larger ones) are not filled. There is still space. This did not happen with the white caulk. Is the solution just to do it two days in a row and fill whatever cracks are still left? Or am I doing something wrong initially?
Also, is it ok to use clear caulk in between the cracks in the floorboards?
I own my place so I don't have to worry about a landlord taking issue with my handiwork.
and third question - I would like to fill the cracks around the heating pipes in my bathroom. I assume I need to use a different kind of caulk (like heat resistant) but is this significantly more difficult to apply? The acrylic stuff is amazingly easy. It takes a long time to do it but it's simple.
I'm caulking my place tonight. It's pre war and was not well maintained so cracks galore how ever not my own place. I cleared it w/ the land lord and am using basic painters caulk for most of it. If it helps and doesn't feel remedial- I googled "caulk" and was over whelmed with all the options. Just fyi. Good luck!
for the heating pipe, get a metal plate to fit around it first. and then put the caulk on around it. I think GE has a silicone gel that is resistant to high temperatures and pretty transparent. if you have gobs and gobs of it, it is not really transparent anymore. as far as the shrinking, i've only seen that in one gap of my wall it was almost a 1/2 inch gap, i just added some more. i've been using the ge silicone stuff.
These are great suggestions. Thank you! I am (finally) having my PCO come in the recommended 2 week interval. They sprayed the last time about 3 weeks ago. I am also finally getting around to considering caulking (like others here, I live in a complete crack infested apartment, not to mention all the holes in the hardwood floors).
Any ideas on whether to caulk in advance of the first spraying or between sprayings one and two?
Any chance that if I don't get ALL the cracks (which I have to assume is a possibility) that caulking won't be effective at all? Will they just find the one non-caulked place and live there?
Sorry, paranoia at work.
Caulking right after spraying should be good. that way any bugs trapped inside cracks will die. my theory is that if you get caulk as much as you can, you limit their mobility. it's like they have to travel on smaller local roads than on big wide highways. and they will be forced to travel by restricted paths. this should make them easier to find and kill.
You should visit Frank's blog for caulking advice. He has written on this subject, and many others, and in the comments to one of his posts clarified which caulk he uses.
The blog is here.
I think spraying first is good, but you could always ask the PCO. Also I second the recommendation of Frank's info on caulking (not my area of expertise).
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