4 Secrets to Perfect Caulk

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Hi I'm Scott.

a general contractor in historic home restoration,

a #1 best-selling  Amazon author,

here to show  YOU how  you can  do-it-yourself.

Here are 4 secrets to the perfect caulk installation:


This secret is what screws up more people than anything else. Know which way is most conducive to the size and shape of the joint your are filling.

Cut the Nozzle Properly


Caulk guns have come a long way in the last decade. If you are buying a cheapo caulk gun you will get a cheapo caulk job.

use a  dripless caulk gun


Remember that angle you cut on the nozzle? Line it up with the joint to pull the perfect line of caulk.

Caulk at the correct angle


If you are caulking a large joint (over 1/4” wide) then you’ll likely need to use something called backer rod.

use backer rod

Get my free downloadable ebook for a simple primer on the tips I have found most useful from decades of this kind of work.

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