Monday, February 20, 2012

I HATE Caulk !!

There.  I said it and I'm glad!

Even after owning and maintaining a number of homes, and even after successfully operating my own handyman/remodeling service for a number of years after "retiring", I have NEVER met a caulk or a caulking job that I liked.

I somehow overlooked this minor character flaw in myself as I undertook this project.  Add to this the fact that I now have all  (three on a good day) of you looking over my shoulder and following my progress. There is no manly way out of this but to persevere and complete the task of "gluing" the cans together to form the collector tubes.

Given the number of joints involved, perhaps by the end of this process a technique will develop.  I did observe that by the time I had done three of the tubes (36 cans) today that my technique and comfort level had improved.

I began by applying a small bead of white silicone caulk around the outside of the bottom dimple of a can.

A second can is then pressed gently top-down into the bead of caulk.

Then, with a wet left index finger, I smoothed the bead of caulk at the joint while I rotated the assembly gingerly with my right hand.

Be careful to insure that you have complete coverage to prevent any air leaks later.

 At the top of the curing stack you can see the small weight I placed there to keep a little pressure on it.

I used a couple of different fixtures to keep the cans aligned during the curing process.  The one shown here is simply two scrap pieces of 3/4" plywood glued and stapled together to form a trough.

In case you're wondering, this is the caulk I used.  Some have used the firestop type, but I'm not sure it's necessary.

I'll post more photos of this process if there happen to be any breakthrough techniques to share, but I expect the next post will document the frame-building process.

Thanks for looking.

1 comment:

  1. You and Maddie are taking blogging to new heights!

    Love you!