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Topic by Millo posted 09-21-2013 07:39 PM 8790 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Millo

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09-21-2013 07:39 PM

I had a bit of a disastrous first experience tryng to re-caulk the edges of the only front-facing window we have downstairs. My re-caulking was succesful in the sense that it did not allow any small holes for ants to get into, but it looks kind awful. I also “colored over the lines” at places, and at one point the wind blew off the paper towel chunk I had used to clean off some extra caulk and drove it against the window, while I was dealing with some corner, so I couldn’t clean it entirely right away. Pics (these are upside down) of the oops! spots are provided:

So, how do I clean these off the brick, off the window?

Thanks!



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stephenandy

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09-24-2013 03:04 AM

The common bathtub caulk, by far, is silicone based. It is impervious to alcohol and does not break off in pieces. This makes the advice given wrong for most situations. Latex based caulk should be used ONLY ON HOUSE EXTERIORS, not anywhere in a bathroom or kitchen.

The proper method is to slice off the silicone caulk with a utility knife. Needle-nosed pliers are generally not required. Remove the remaining caulk using a suitable solvent. There are solvents specifically for silicone caulk, but I have found kerosene or its non-automotive equivalent, mineral spirits to work just fine. Kerosene/mineral spirits is no more flammable than the other solvents and costs much less.

Good luck!

-- Stephen Andy, USA, http://www.ServiceGarageDoors.us/

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Millo

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09-25-2013 01:56 PM

I’m a novice woodworker. So, I do have mineral spirits. I’ll try that later. Thanks!

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10-14-2013 05:20 AM

So, from your description I’m having difficulty understanding if the question is how to convert from 2” conduit to 3/4” in the attic, (I like the box idea) or if you are considering running 2” all the way. Or is it just the difficulty of pulling the wire around the corner and feeding it down to the closet and you want to make use of a rounded corner conduit?

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