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Day 322: More caulk experiments

Tuesday, 5/31
We went home last night a little discouraged by the work involved with applying the brown caulk.  It made us wonder if we should stick to something that blends with the paneling so that cleanup isn’t as crucial.  We decided not to make any decisions until we had seen both the almond caulk and the brown caulk cured (Tuesday morning).

Brian struck upon a golden idea while we were roasting – what if we use masking tape to line the seams prior to caulking – run tape, apply caulk, use finger or putty knife to smush into place, remove tape, reuse tape for next seam.  That way there isn’t any arduous cleanup and the clean lines are preserved.  After we finished up roasting, Brian ran home to try it out and to compare the two different color options.

Semi-conclusion – The almond looks better and keeps the focus on the wood grain patterns in the panels.  The brown, while very nice in color and for providing contrast, might be too distracting and perhaps makes the house look more like a series of puzzle pieces rather than a wall.

Our 12 pack of brown caulk is scheduled to arrive today.  If we decide not to use it, we’ll return it this Sunday when we go over to Tucson.  We also have 3 extra panels and some Harbor Freight stuff to return.  I placed the order for a 12 pack of almond caulk and it is scheduled to arrive late next week.

Alright, onto the house…

Apply tape

Apply tape

Direct caulk into seam.

Direct caulk into seam.

Do some smushing.

Do some smushing.

Finished seams (close up at top of post as featured image)

Finished seams (close up at top of post as featured image).  You can also see the brown caulk to the right, near the spray foam.  It’s messy because this wall is going to be painted and we weren’t worried about how wiping the caulk off as well.  Brown is nice.  Almond is better?

Brian noticed this excellent picture that may help us make a caulk color decision. Under natural light, the vertical seams look dark (like the brown caulk), whereas the horizontal seams look brighter (like the almond caulk).

Brian pointed out that this wall may help us make a caulk color decision. Under natural light, the vertical seams look dark (like the brown caulk), whereas the horizontal seams look brighter (like the almond caulk).

Bathroom walls are now back in place. The only thing left with them is to countersink everything, inside and outside.

Bathroom walls are now back in place. The only thing left with them is to countersink everything, inside and outside.

Missing panel piece where the bathroom vent exits the bathroom.

Missing panel piece where the bathroom vent exits the bathroom.

Bridge pieces in place

Bridge pieces in place

Filler piece connected

Filler piece connected

The other missing piece - where the bathroom vent penetrates the south endcap.

The other missing piece – where the bathroom vent penetrates the south endcap.

Final piece in place.

Final piece in place.

Here are two of the party joke comedy screws we've encountered so far. One makes you think you missed the stud; the other highlights your clumsiness by immediately falling off the bit. Themanufacturer seems to strategically place these to ensure you find them while high up on a ladder.

Here are two of the best party joke comedy screws we’ve encountered so far. One makes you think you missed the stud; the other makes you think you missed the bit. The manufacturer seems to strategically stack these in the box so that you find them while high up on a ladder for maximum jocularity.

4 Comments

  1. Have you considered using narrow wood trim to cover your joints. You install horizontal pieces and then the vertical pieces. This would produce a “clean” natural look. Just an option.

    • We considered that approach but were concerned about the resulting dust catches and also our bird’s appetite for destroying whatever protrusion he can hook his beak on to.

  2. Always have used tape when caulking in critical ares, but never reused it, as I think you will have a worse mess trying to reapply used/caulked up tape.. Just a thought!

    • It might turn out that way but we are still going to try. Otherwise, that’s a lot of tape!

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