Found 65 results for the keyword ‘Caulking’

  • Choosing a caulking gun.

    In this segment we ran through all the different features available in caulking guns. There are a lot of choices and a lot of prices. You can get good, or bad, incremental movement from the trigger. If the gun forces you to squeeze far before getting a fresh grip, it will tire out your hand. So...
  • WHAT SEALING MATERIAL SHOULD I USE?

    There is a wide and confusing choice, and no one material will do for every job. The questions to ask are: What will it stick to? Can I paint it? How long will it last? You won't be saving money if you have to replace the material often; some caulking materials will harden and crack after on...
  • I'VE SEALED THE WINDOW AND THERE'S STILL A DRAFT. WHY?

    The space between the finished and rough frame of the window (hidden behind the window trim) is a major source of heat loss and hidden moisture damage inside walls. The trim should be sealed or removed and the gap filled and sealed if this was not done at the time of construction. Just stuffing...
  • Window installation choices

    When you're thinking about changing the windows in a house, you need to make one fundamental choice: whether to slide the new window into the old window frame (the first photo), or whether to remove the old window right down to the structure of the house (the second photo) and replace the whole t...
  • OVERVIEW: Frozen pipes: Tracing, thawing, preventing.

    As weather patterns change we are getting longer colder periods than traditionally in many areas of the country -- and with that, more and more complaints of water pipes freezing. Finding the frozen point can be difficult, thawing it can be problematic but if you have done those two, go one step...
  • Plastic Cement for Roofing

    Getting something to stick to asphalt or asphalt coated materials is a unique problem. Asphalt driveways have their own specific crack sealers and roofing materials generally use what we call "Plastic Cement". (One exception to this is a specially formulated polyurethane adhesive that will work...
  • "Sealants", caulking and other confusing vocabulary

    Sealants, caulking and other confusing vocabularyThere are all kinds of "sealants" used in construction.What we normally call a "caulking" is properly called a sealant -- a thick material that cures to a flexible solid designed to "seal" the space between two materials -- particularly two materia...
  • HOW DO I FIND AIR LEAKS?

    First, the fancy way: infrared photography can identify temperature changes on different parts of the house, and thus heat losses. With proper interpretation of the photograph you can know which heat losses are caused by air leaks and which by missing or soaked insulation. This is like an X-ra...