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How to Fill Small Gaps

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Gaps and cracks are caused by many factors including movement due to temperature, uneven finishing and old condition.

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Before and After

They must be filled immediately to prevent from collecting water, dust and so on which could cause further damage to the property.

One way to seal the gap is using caulk - a substance that help to joint two dissimilar materials. For example, between window timber frame and plasterboard walls , skirting boards and tiled floor, etc.

Filling gaps and cracks, caulk, caulk gun, home DIY
Basic tools

First, you will need appropriate caulking equipment to get the job done. The basic tools include a good caulking gun, caulk, and a piece of damp cloth.

Filling gaps and cracks, caulk, caulk gun, home DIY

Silicone scrapper set is also nice to have for a polished finish. Usually comes in a set of four with various sizes, it can be used on most edges and corners.

Filling gaps and cracks, caulk, caulk gun, home DIY
Silicone Caulk for bathroom

There are many types of caulk for different needs. Some of the common ones include latex, acrylic, polyurethane, and silicone. Read the usage label and choose one that suits your problem.

Before filling the gap, clean the surface area thoroughly and make sure it's dry and free from dust.

Mask the surrounding surface with tapes to ease cleaning process and prevent hard stains.

Attach the caulk cartridge into the caulking gun and hold it at 45 degrees angle. Pressing the nozzle against the joint and apply the caulk by controlling the pressure to release the caulk.

Use the scrapper to scrap off the excess for a smooth finish. Alternatively, you can smooth with a finger. Wipe off any stains or smearing with a damp cloth immediately.

Unless a fast-drying caulk is used, otherwise allow it to skin for some time as instructed if you intend to proceed with painting.

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Black-colored caulk

Colored caulk is also available to match the color of the area and eliminate the hassle of painting job for a seamless joint.

Upon completion, ensure the cartridge nozzle is tightly sealed with tape to prevent evaporation and hardening of caulk. Store it in a cool a dry place.

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