How to Caulk Around a Bathtub | Ask This Old House

Share this & earn $10
This Old House
Published at : 07 Feb 2021
686579 views
8768
248

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates the correct materials and techniques required for re-caulking a bathtub.

SUBSCRIBE to This Old House: http://bit.ly/SubscribeThisOldHouse

To remove any existing caulking, Tom advises to use whichever tool is the most comfortable that has a flat enough blade to get behind the caulking without scratching it. These types of scrapers and blades can be found at home centers.

For caulking around a bathtub, Tom recommends using anything that is 100% silicone. In the segment, he used 100% Silicone Sealant in White, which is manufactured by Gorilla Glue (https://amzn.to/2WhRFK5).

Cost: $50
Time: 2-3 hours
Skill Level: Beginner

Tools List for Caulking a Bathtub:
Razor blade [https://amzn.to/2WcvjJT]
Corner grooving tool [https://amzn.to/2J5KssI]
Painter’s tape [https://amzn.to/2GMJ4IS]
Caulking gun [https://amzn.to/2Y0q1l0]

Shopping List:
100% silicone caulking [https://amzn.to/2WhRFK5]
Drop cloth [https://amzn.to/2Le0Fic]
Rags [https://amzn.to/2IVcs35]
Rubbing alcohol [https://amzn.to/2PFmCoW]

Steps:
1. Start by closing the pop-up drain in the tub and covering the entire tub with a drop cloth to protect it from scratches, residue, etc.
2. Take the razor blade and carefully pry the old caulking off the tub. Keep the angle of the blade as low as possible and watch the caulking to see if it’s being cut. If any of the caulking is left over on the tub, the new caulking won’t stick.
3. Repeat this process on the other side of the caulking where it meets the tile.
4. Once the caulking has been cut, pull it away from the tub and tile. Use the razor blade as a guide wherever the caulking is still stuck.
5. Repeat this process in the corners of shower stall. A corner grooving tool might work better than the razor blade here.
6. Add some rubbing alcohol to a rag and clean off the surfaces where the old caulking used to be. Have a fan running or open the window to keep the room well ventilated while using the rubbing alcohol.
7. Add painter’s tape about _” from the corners where the caulking will go on both the wall side and the tub side.
8. Cut the tip of the caulking and place it in the gun.
9. Apply the caulking in between the painter’s tape lines. Keep the gun perpendicular to the surface being caulked and keep moving. Keep hitting the trigger as you go along to ensure a steady amount of caulking is coming out.
10. Once you reach a corner, trace back over the caulking lines with your finger.
11. Repeat this process for all the corners that need to be caulked.
12. Remove all the painter’s tape while the caulking is still wet.
13. Let the caulking dry for 30 minutes before using the shower again. After that, the caulking will need 24 hours to cure, so don’t touch the caulking until then.

About Ask This Old House TV:
Homeowners have a virtual truckload of questions for us on smaller projects, and we're ready to answer. Ask This Old House solves the steady stream of home improvement problems faced by our viewers—and we make house calls! Ask This Old House features some familiar faces from This Old House, including Kevin O'Connor, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and landscape contractor Roger Cook.

Looking for more step by step guidance on how to complete projects around the house? Join This Old House INSIDER to stream over 1,000 episodes commercial-free: https://bit.ly/2GPiYbH

Plus, download our FREE app for full-episode streaming to your connected TV, phone or tablet:
https://bit.ly/34RYEP5

Follow This Old House and Ask This Old House:
Facebook: http://bit.ly/ThisOldHouseFB
Twitter: http://bit.ly/ThisOldHouseTwitter
http://bit.ly/AskTOHTwitter
Pinterest: http://bit.ly/ThisOldHousePinterest
Instagram: http://bit.ly/ThisOldHouseIG
http://bit.ly/AskTOHIG

For more on This Old House and Ask This Old House, visit us at: http://bit.ly/ThisOldHouseWebsite

How to Caulk Around a Bathtub | Ask This Old House
https://www.youtube.com/user/thisoldhouse/
TV Showtom silvacaulk

Dangers At Daycare | Playing Safely Song + More Little Angel Kids Songs

Dangers At Daycare | Playing Safely Song + More Little Angel Kids Songs

The CUTEST Blind Auditions in 10 years The Voice Kids

The CUTEST Blind Auditions in 10 years The Voice Kids

The Ladies, Quartet Finals, 2019

The Ladies, Quartet Finals, 2019

MySHop

MySHop

Camila starts their new plan of exposing Luciano | TKB Recap (With Eng Subs)

Camila starts their new plan of exposing Luciano | TKB Recap (With Eng Subs)

WHEN & WHAT CRAZY THINGS become NORMAL in prison

WHEN & WHAT CRAZY THINGS become NORMAL in prison

THE LAW OF ATTRACTION: how to manifest anything you want!

THE LAW OF ATTRACTION: how to manifest anything you want!

Aula de Inglês- HAVE TO  or  NEED TO

Aula de Inglês- HAVE TO or NEED TO

Chief Justice Laments: Criminal Justice System On The Verge Of Collapse

Chief Justice Laments: Criminal Justice System On The Verge Of Collapse

#89 Asians Make Nasi Goreng inspired by Uncle Roger PROUD OF Malaysian Fried Rice

#89 Asians Make Nasi Goreng inspired by Uncle Roger PROUD OF Malaysian Fried Rice

What is a charter school?

What is a charter school?

Budget 2021 Highlighs for Railway & Passengers with @The Curious Cobra | LLA Budget Decoded LIVE

Budget 2021 Highlighs for Railway & Passengers with @The Curious Cobra | LLA Budget Decoded LIVE

Marc Brauner - Love Triangle

Marc Brauner - Love Triangle

The Restroom Attendant | Cartoon Box 175 | by FRAME ORDER |

The Restroom Attendant | Cartoon Box 175 | by FRAME ORDER |

Poob's Disgusting Dog Video. Sickening.

Poob's Disgusting Dog Video. Sickening.

My Weight Gain Journey | From Stick to Thick *tips and tricks*

My Weight Gain Journey | From Stick to Thick *tips and tricks*

OUR PATIO MAKEOVER | Summer Entertaining | Article Outdoor Furniture

OUR PATIO MAKEOVER | Summer Entertaining | Article Outdoor Furniture

Blake Rose - Rest Of Us

Blake Rose - Rest Of Us

Dragon Attack and Meeting Puro! (Changed Special Edition #3) PG

Dragon Attack and Meeting Puro! (Changed Special Edition #3) PG

A Place Nearby - Lene Marlin

A Place Nearby - Lene Marlin

Gwen Stefani Ft. Slim Thug - Luxurious

Gwen Stefani Ft. Slim Thug - Luxurious

Ali Gatie - It's You (Lyrics)

Ali Gatie - It's You (Lyrics)

10 Ways To Mix And Match 10 Wardrobe Essentials

10 Ways To Mix And Match 10 Wardrobe Essentials

Fish and Chips should always be eaten in burger form | Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips should always be eaten in burger form | Fish and Chips

「AMV」- Till I Collapse  ▪︎ @Gamera! ▪︎

「AMV」- Till I Collapse ▪︎ @Gamera! ▪︎

How to make the IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE? By Sandeep Maheshwari I Motivational Video in Hindi

How to make the IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE? By Sandeep Maheshwari I Motivational Video in Hindi

What is Frequently? | How Does Frequently Look? | How to Say Frequently in English?

What is Frequently? | How Does Frequently Look? | How to Say Frequently in English?

If You Track It, They Will Come: Tracking Multi-Device Users From Affiliate Summit East 2016

If You Track It, They Will Come: Tracking Multi-Device Users From Affiliate Summit East 2016

Brainstorm & Марина Кравец - Ветер (LIVE @ Авторадио)

Brainstorm & Марина Кравец - Ветер (LIVE @ Авторадио)

EUROVISION 2009 WINNER -NORWAY ALEXANDER RYBAK FAIRYTALE  -HQ STEREO

EUROVISION 2009 WINNER -NORWAY ALEXANDER RYBAK FAIRYTALE -HQ STEREO

Gumball | Gumball Does Plant Things

Gumball | Gumball Does Plant Things

Moving On Too Fast  || FT Gawen Powell ||  PART 1

Moving On Too Fast || FT Gawen Powell || PART 1

3 Shocking Zoom Call Horror Stories

3 Shocking Zoom Call Horror Stories

The State Of Smash Ultimate

The State Of Smash Ultimate

Demian: The Ritual / 100% Walkthrough + Hidden ending / All brooch

Demian: The Ritual / 100% Walkthrough + Hidden ending / All brooch

Science of Sex Appeal- The Dating and Mating Pool

Science of Sex Appeal- The Dating and Mating Pool

ROUND THE CLOCK IN ENGLISH SPEAKING

ROUND THE CLOCK IN ENGLISH SPEAKING

Thom Yorke - Analyse

Thom Yorke - Analyse

Concentrate

Concentrate

Epic Street Level RC Car Battle! | ABB FIA Formula E Championship

Epic Street Level RC Car Battle! | ABB FIA Formula E Championship

Desired - Sunshine City

Desired - Sunshine City

When you've got the extra 30 seconds to flex on your ex

When you've got the extra 30 seconds to flex on your ex

RAW: How a RIVER WAVE FORMS START TO FINISH

RAW: How a RIVER WAVE FORMS START TO FINISH

How I "Fixed" My Droopy Hooded Eyelids

How I "Fixed" My Droopy Hooded Eyelids

KOKANDO PILLS - Japan pills | Slimming Pills | Review | Marky Nurse Vlogs

KOKANDO PILLS - Japan pills | Slimming Pills | Review | Marky Nurse Vlogs

Spiral Roll - LVL 971-1000 - Gameplay Walkthrough

Spiral Roll - LVL 971-1000 - Gameplay Walkthrough

Top 13 Krabby Patty Moments! 🍔 #TBT | SpongeBob

Top 13 Krabby Patty Moments! 🍔 #TBT | SpongeBob

5 Fragrances that Ladies Love

5 Fragrances that Ladies Love

Pattaya Day Scenes: Bars Are Open And The Girls Are Waiting For Tourists To Return To Thailand.

Pattaya Day Scenes: Bars Are Open And The Girls Are Waiting For Tourists To Return To Thailand.