Time was, you needed a full complement of repair tools, ranging from glues, caulks and adhesives to nails, screws, hooks and duct tape, just to tackle the regular maintenance chores that need to be done from time to time.
Many quick and creative household handyman jobs can now be accomplished with a miracle substance known as “All-Purpose Adhesive Caulk”.
Its double-duty formula holds like an adhesive and seals like a caulk. It can be left the same color it comes out of the tube (usually white) or is ready for painting in just two hours. And even though it is water-soluble for easy clean up … it dries to a waterproof state in only 24-hours.
You are probably going to want to keep some of this stuff handy because, aside from all the traditional uses (such as small caulking jobs for the kitchen and bath), this stuff is invaluable for everything from saving time to saving money. The list of tasks you can tackle with a tube of “All-Purpose Adhesive Caulk” are almost endless, but there are a few ideas and interesting uses here, just to get you thinking.
- Loose tile in the shower? On a countertop or backsplash? Remove it, add a few dollops, and press it back into place. In 24-hours, you’re good to go. Grout needs a touch-up? Use some there too.
- Caulk any gaps or cracks that appeared over the winter. It saves energy, prevents water damage and improves appearance. Don’t forget you can also touch up windows, doors, baseboards, tubs and sinks and much more!
- Noisy cabinet doors or drawers that slam shut with a “bang?” A dab on inside corners (or on the frame) serves as quieting “bumpers.”
- Keep picture frames and mirrors hanging straight with a dab on corners too. Dab, let dry and hang.
- Make non-scratch/non-slip “feet” for soap dishes, liquid soap dispensers and ceramic canisters.
- Flower pot or patio table rocking back and forth due to an uneven surface or bottom? To make “self-leveling” feet — turn it over, add a few dabs, let it partially set-up (six or seven hours) and place the bottom or legs down on pieces of waxed paper right where you want it. Next day, you’ll have a “solid” fit. Levels most things — big or small, inside or out.
- Toilet tank lid doesn’t fit right? Scrapes and grinds because it’s loose? Put a bead around the top edge of the tank or inside the lid. Let dry for 24-hours and replace for a snug (and quiet) fit.
- Want wood baseboard where it can’t be nailed … like around your bathtub? Glue it in place with adhesive caulk instead.
- Repair cracks and holes in walls, molding or railings (or hide mitering mistakes). Ready to paint within two hours.
- Loose floor tiles or wood trim? Lock it down with adhesive caulk.
- Use as wallpaper “helper.” Glue loose edges back into place and seal to prevent curling due to moisture.
- No need for mounting holes in exterior surfaces for hooks, signs, decorations or thermometers. Just apply adhesive caulk on item, tape into place and let dry. Great for brick, stucco and all types of siding. (Attach address numbers to house or mailbox too.)
- Mount pegboard panels on studs in garage, carport or in attic for storage.
- Firm up wobbly chair and table legs. (Even pro upholsters use it.)
- Boat owners keep some handy to seal out water and to prevent destructive rust and corrosion above the water line. It’s great for RV, ATV and motorcycle use too.
- It’s also a thoughtful housewarming gift!
Just a few more expert ideas from Guy Calor, the Caulk King and CaulkWarmer