Applying Silicone Like a Pro.

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Home Inspector with Comprehensive Building Inspections & Consultants

Well the shower stall is done, and I thought I'd share some more pictures.  As most of us know, tiled joints always crack where there is a change of direction, so I specify applying silicone in the corners.

Having spent years as a glazier, I was "schooled" in the way of "tooling" silicone. I'm pretty good at "free handing", but hate the lump when reapplying pressure on the gun. This technique give me the ability of smoothing out the lumps and not making a mess.

 

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Comments (16)

Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX
Steven: The "Before" and "After" what a difference. Hey! I can use a little handy work in my shower here at home. Thanks for the update and great pictures.
Feb 06, 2008 01:45 PM
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY
Ah, painters tape.  What a delightful help in doing neat work.  I see a lot of sloppy silicone.
Feb 07, 2008 03:12 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector
Ahhhh----life before blue and green tape:) The shower sure looks better now---that original pan was a mess.
Feb 07, 2008 04:00 AM
Steven Turetsky
Comprehensive Building Inspections & Consultants - Staten Island, NY
Building Moisture Analyst

Hey Brad,

Don't joke around, I have some credit card miles that I have to use or lose. I was hoping to attend a class or something, maybe I'll come to your house instead.

Feb 07, 2008 08:44 AM
Bob Elliott
Elliott Home Inspection - Chicago, IL
Chicago Property Inspection

Steve I hope you do not mind me adding a tip.

As an Artist I have worked with and studied the properties of silicone.

First off brand makes a difference.

Buy DAP for the best quality.

Also everyone should know that silicone is water activated giving you a very short time to use it , so once out of the tube make sure it is smoothed right away.

I know how hard it is to store but find the best way is to just throw a tight screw into the opening.

Also if you ever want a custom color just add a food dye or paint in moderate amounts then work fast.

Squirt it on a paper plate.With the tip on the plate.

Just remember you are also introducing small bubbles.

Hope this helps.

Great tip Steve.

You are a pro.

 

Feb 07, 2008 11:49 AM
Steven Turetsky
Comprehensive Building Inspections & Consultants - Staten Island, NY
Building Moisture Analyst

Hi Bob,

Yes, work fast. It doesn't take long for it to "skin" up and that will make  "drag" makes in your work. Also, keep plenty of paper towels on hand and keep your tools clean. Remove the tape right after you tool the silicone, and finally, keep an open garbage bag nearby to drop the used tape into as you pull it off. Otherwise, you will have a mess.

I never realized that silicone was water activated, I always thought it was air activated. Well, I guess you learn something new everyday.

Tomorrow, I have to change a sub-panel in an apartment  building. It's not as busy or as big as the last one I did, but I'll try to take some pictures of the project.

Feb 07, 2008 12:00 PM
Bob Elliott
Elliott Home Inspection - Chicago, IL
Chicago Property Inspection

Hi Steve

Just got a web site with Dom.

Anyway it is suprisingly true, and if you spray it with water it sets up real fast.

Thats why on a dry day it takes forever to set up.

Still the tape trick is cool and reminds me of the stucco repair tips I have read.

Keep working that EIFS angle, and get rich with your idea .

Feb 07, 2008 12:55 PM
Joseph Lang
Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspection - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Home Inspector, Southern California
Great stuff Steven, that's the difference between craftsmanship.  You actually took the time to make it look right.  Thanks for sharing.
Feb 07, 2008 01:22 PM
Steven Turetsky
Comprehensive Building Inspections & Consultants - Staten Island, NY
Building Moisture Analyst
I am passionate about the EIFS.
Feb 07, 2008 01:33 PM
Frank Rizzo
Cornerstone Realty Partners - Staten Island, NY

Good post, very informative. THanks for the pictures.

 

Feb 18, 2008 10:07 AM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy Steven

You did a really fine job there for sure.

I also like using tape for doing that.

You took some very good photos also.

Have a good one

Dale

Feb 20, 2008 09:04 AM
Valerie Bartolone
DITOMMASO REAL ESTATE - Staten Island, NY
Top Producer in Sales!

Thanks for the tips, my husband is a contractor of Granite, Marble & tiles. I have never seen him use tape,. But if you couldn't afford to use a professional and want to take on the job yourself  I think its a great tip.

good luck

 

Mar 24, 2008 01:21 PM
Bob Elliott
Elliott Home Inspection - Chicago, IL
Chicago Property Inspection

A guy like him .

Heck time is money for your husband , and he can most likely draw a straight bead in his sleep.

Good for him... Valerie.

Mar 24, 2008 01:58 PM
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX
Seem like I'm following my friend Bob around this evening on AR. Hey Bob, I just commented and left you a message over on Joseph's blog. Your friend, Carl - Hill Country Inspector Group
Mar 24, 2008 02:02 PM
Bob Elliott
Elliott Home Inspection - Chicago, IL
Chicago Property Inspection

You just passed me .  haha

Glad the board is not dead latley

Mar 24, 2008 02:07 PM
Steven Turetsky
Comprehensive Building Inspections & Consultants - Staten Island, NY
Building Moisture Analyst

Valerie,

I am a professional. I can draw a straight line as well as anybody, but when it is important for the job to come out "perfect"... not just "alright", I use the tape method. What about when you have to silicone something that has obstructions, or is not a short straight line.

I used to have a glazing company and I built many stores in fancy malls all over the East coast. This technique was taught to me by union glaziers that worked for me. They actually learned it at glazing school.

If you think it takes longer to tape the area, you are correct. But it does not take nearly as long as it does to clean up a mess from silicone, and "tooling" the silicone looks alot better than a squeezed on bead, especially when you have to "resqueeze" the handle of the gun. You almost always end up with a variation in the bead.

Another thing I like about taping the area, is that if I wish to hide an imperfection, I can tape the area a bit wider and cover it. By the way, taping is an art in itself. You want straight lines... not wavy. Pull the tape of the roll gently and gradually. Long pulls at a time... not short pulls as the tape tends to distort.

Mar 25, 2008 12:47 PM