DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Plumbing Forum > Proper application of caulking

Help Support House Repair Talk by donating using the link above.
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-21-2008, 07:45 PM  
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 2
Default Proper application of caulking

Hi everyone,
I recently got a job as a plumber.
I'm currently in training and one of older plumber was teaching me how to apply caulking today.
I saw him apply the caulking on the countertops edges and he didn't smoothed it at all afterward so I asked him why he didn't use his finger to do that (weted of course) and he told me that he, in fact all the other guys told me that, never smooths the joints even though there were some little bumps on it and it looked uneven.
I was curious to find out to proper application of the caulking tonight and all the how-to's I've read on the net so far say you have to smooth it somehow, be it with your finger or a special tool.
Is there any reason why you shouldn't smooth it, what's your take on that?
Thank you.

Therm is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2008, 08:14 PM  
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Spring Hill
Posts: 49

A good caulk person can lay a bead that will look finished. Most of the rest of us smooth it after application. I doubt there is any reason not to if it is not perfect out of the tube. I've been caulking counters for over 25 years and am not of the chosen ones that lay it down perfectly out of the tube. I smooth it with my finger and always have a bucket of water with a rag on the bottom to keep my finger wet and clean.
Sounds like these guys are plumbers not finishers

I try to put as little caulk as possible. Cut the tube with a very small hole and generally you don't even see my caulk lines. If the counters fit correctly there will only be a minute line of caulk when I'm done. Just enough to make the seal. This all depends on several factors. Mostly fit.

Minichillo' Construction
I will never leave you hanging!
One Man Shop

Last edited by MinConst; 02-21-2008 at 08:16 PM.
MinConst is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 04:14 PM  
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 2

Thanks for the reply,
You'r right, they are definitely not finishers hehe.
I guess it's all in the practice, I'm starting to get the hang of it.
Take care.
Therm is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2008, 05:23 PM  
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 693
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


I don't have a steady hand, so I cheat. I lay down parallel lines of masking tape and use my finger, being careful to not allow a thin skin to remain on the tape. If you leave the thin skin layer, it will stay attached when you remove the tape.
travelover is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
Mobile House Repair Talk Application - iPhone, iPad and Android TxBuilder HouseRepairTalk Website Help 0 10-13-2011 09:15 AM
Floor Prep and Application kygarageguy Garage & Workshop Forum 2 09-18-2009 05:33 AM
Proper introductions Zachary Introductions 0 04-22-2009 10:28 AM
Application of sealant in winter... Zavs General Home Improvement Discussion 4 01-15-2009 09:11 AM
Proper Application of Concrete Floor Coatings Craig S. Jones Garage & Workshop Forum 0 08-15-2008 08:17 AM

Newest Threads