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How to Recaulk a Tub

Recaulking your bathtub is a lot easier (and more fun) than you might expect. Here's how to do it.

Set aside a few hours (on two separate days), crank up your favorite tunes, and pair with your partner to take on this easy task.

  • First, use a putty knife to scrape out all the loose yucky stuff from the joint where your tub meets the wall.
  • Clean the joint thoroughly to remove any remaining soap scum, and then take a break ’til tomorrow to let it dry.
  • Get yourself a tube of white silicone bathroom caulk, cut a very small bit off the tip, and squeeze out a tiny bead into the open joint. Push the tube; don’t pull it.
  • Smooth the caulk with your pinky, and use a rag to wipe the excess off your finger.
  • Repeat, and repeat, and repeat, and repeat until all your joints are taken care of. Remember, crank up those tunes!

Nestpert: Kevin Lichten, AIA is a founder and principal of LichtenCraig.com, a New York architecture and design firm.

-- The Nest Editors

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