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Reuben's Quick Tip: Caulk Doesn't Belong Here

 

If I'm going to write a blog about caulk, I need to get something out of the way first; it's pronounced kawk, not kallllk.  The "L" is silent, and the word rhymes with walk or talk.  If you're uncomfortable uttering this word aloud, try 'sealant' instead.  Moving on.

    As we learned from Charles Buelle's blog about caulking not caulking at the base of tiled shower walls, there are just some places where caulking doesn't belong.

One of the most common offenders is at the bottom of storm windows; if the base of the storm window gets caulked shut, where does the water go?

Caulk at base of storm window

Nowhere.  It just sits there and rots the window out.  Most storm windows already come with weep holes in the bottom of the window to allow water to drain out; keep these holes open.

Weep holes

When I find caulking at the base of storm windows, I recommend repair.  The fix can be as simple as drilling a bunch of holes at the base of the storm window.

 

Reuben Saltzman, Structure Tech Home Inspections

        

Comment balloon 17 commentsReuben Saltzman • November 09 2010 06:04AM

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Good Morning Reuben, excellent post and photos, thanks for posting it!

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips) over 7 years ago

Good morning Dan, thanks for reading.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 7 years ago

  Reuben, this is great info...I guess the mispronunciation a caulk get under your skin!  LOL 

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 7 years ago

Laura - just a little :)    If I hear my client mispronounce the word in front of me, my choices are now to mispronounce the word the same way they did, so as not to sound like I'm correcting them (and die just a little inside), or pronounce it correctly and probably make the client feel 'corrected'.  I know, I know... it's a major dilemma.  

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 7 years ago

I have the line on my computer program to keep those weep holes clean!  See them very diligently caulked all the time!

Rhymes with "hawk" or "balk?"

 

;)

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Where would contractors and home owners be without caulk? It's a wonder material, it makes me wonder what they were thinking.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 7 years ago

Reuben thanks for the nod---but I have a question----what's a storm window?:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 7 years ago

Jay - I'm trying to compile a list of places not to diligently caulk.

James - no doubt.  Did they think those holes in the bottom of the window were a mistake?

Charles - for Seattle, a storm window is what they refer to as the period of time in-between rain storms.  It means something else here in Minnesota.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 7 years ago

Good advice.  Your blogs are useful.  Thank you for the good advice and tips.

Aaron

Posted by Aaron Silverman, Improving Real Estate Experience through Education (SuccessfulRental.com, Bluewater Property Management, LLC and Lowcountry Turnkey Properties, LLC) over 7 years ago

Ok, I can go with the caulk being "kok", but walk being "wok" and talk being "tok"?  Not OK.  Everyone I know clearly says "talk" not "tok", and "walk" not "wok".

The only time I've ever heard it that way was in the Northeast.  And besides, "wok" is already taken by "wok", that thing one can cook in.

 

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, President, Wrenn Home Improvements (Wrenn Home Improvements) almost 7 years ago

And yes, I did go to Webster's and see they had it that way.  But hey, they can't be right all the time.  :)

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, President, Wrenn Home Improvements (Wrenn Home Improvements) almost 7 years ago

Jeremy - you mean people in your area say "Walk" like "wall" with a k on the end?  Get out.  I don't believe you! :)

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 6 years ago

Absolutely!  It takes longer, and gosh darn diddly dangit, it's the right thing to do.  :)

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, President, Wrenn Home Improvements (Wrenn Home Improvements) over 6 years ago

Do you not pronounce the "l" in walk?

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, President, Wrenn Home Improvements (Wrenn Home Improvements) over 6 years ago

You're right, Jeremy.  From here on out, I refuse to ignore letters.  Hyundai will be Hi-Un-Day, knife will be KiNiFee, and walk will be waLLLLk.  :-)

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 6 years ago

Exellent, glad I could Wallllllk you through that.  :)

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, President, Wrenn Home Improvements (Wrenn Home Improvements) over 6 years ago

Seriously though, I've never heard anyone NOT pronounce the "L" in both walk & talk, except those with a NE accent.  Maybe I just missed that it wasn't there when I was in Wi-SCON-sin (as they say there).

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, President, Wrenn Home Improvements (Wrenn Home Improvements) over 6 years ago

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