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Save Money Applying Caulk Around Doors and Windows

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Applying caulk around doors and windows will save you money on your energy bills by blocking the airflow from getting in or going out. There are so many other do it yourself jobs that can do the same thing for you, save money. All you need is a little extra time and a desire to save and fix up your household and you’re good to go.

Here are a couple of inexpensive do it yourself jobs that can save you money:

  1. Plugging holes with foam.
  2. Replacing threshold gaskets.
  3. Sealing windows with v-strip weather strips.
  4. Replacing your thermostat with a programmable one.
  5. Installing a ceiling fan.

These are all inexpensive jobs that can help you out in a big way. I’d advise you to try out a couple of them and see just how much it helps, trust me, you’ll thank me later.

Now, here are the steps to applying caulk around your doors and windows.

  1. Cut off the top of the nozzle. Slice off the top of the cartridge nozzle with a utility knife. The more of the tip you remove, the larger the bead of caulk will be. The hole should be the same size as the cracks you’re filling.
  2. Puncture the inner seal. Push a long nail in the nozzle to break the plastic seal inside.
  3. Put the cartridge in the gun. To insert the cartridge, turn the plunger so it’s teeth face up and pull back the plunger at the back of the gun. Put in the cartridge, push the plunger forward, and then turn the teeth face down.
  4. Clean the surface. Remove any remaining debris with a wire brush if the surface is masonry; use a bristle brush if the surface is wood or vinyl. Then wash the surface with water, wipe with alcohol, and let dry.
  5. Mask off adjoining areas. For a neat edge along caulked joint, run painter’s tape along each side of the area. Paint able silicone caulk in particular is runny, and masking with painter’s tape keeps the job from getting messy.
  6. Apply caulk. Hold the gun at roughly a 45-degree angle to the work, and push it along rather than pull it, if possible. Pushing will help force the caulk into the joint.
  7. Work your way along the seam. Squeeze the trigger to advance the plunger and gradually force out the caulk. Caulk will continue to come out after applying pressure, so stop squeezing before reaching the end of a run. Disengage the plunger at the end of the run.
  8. Smooth out the caulk. Smooth the caulk by running a plastic spoon along the bead.
  9. Remove the tape. Pull the tape off the window or door immediately, before the caulk has a chance to dry.

Now that you’ve done this, think a little more about doing a couple extra things.

If you follow these simple steps, tips and my advice then you should be able to save money and keep your house in tip top shape.

Thanks for reading!

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