What You’ll Need (Choose One)
- One of the products listed above
- Backer rod
- Utility knife to open the caulk cartridge
- Caulk gun or Bulk Loading Gun if using 5 Gallon Pails
- A beading tool, trowels or foam brushes for tooling
- Damp rags for clean-up
- Some clothing you don’t mind getting dirty
Clean the joints
If you want your caulking job to stick and stretch for years to come, make sure you clean out dirt, flaking stain, gray and otherwise damaged wood fibers, and other contaminants.
Insert Filler Rope™
Any crack that’s deeper than ½” and wider than ¼” needs Sashco’s Filler Rope™ or some other type of backer rod so the caulking will properly stretch, and so you use less caulking.
Apply the caulk
A steady hand is helpful, so put down the coffee for a bit. This will help you avoid making unnecessary messes.
Tool (smooth) the caulk
Use a damp foam brush, a trowel, or your trusty fingers to create a good-lookin’ bead and ensure the caulk is sticking to the sides of the joint properly. For an even neater bead, line the joints with blue painter’s tape. Remove tape after tooling but before the caulk dries.
Use soap and water to clean up skin and tools. Grab that coffee again, along with some of those roasted chestnuts and admire your log home sealing job.