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Bubbled Caulk: What It Means & How to Prevent It

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The Cause

Caulk bubbles can originate from trapped air in the cartridge, caused by manufacturing or air leaking in through an uncovered cartridge tip, or from trapped water underneath the caulk that is vaporizing under the surface of the film of the caulk.





Prevention Tips

– Be sure to keep the tip of the caulk cartridge covered at all times that it is not in use to prevent air seeping in.

-With any caulk application, make sure the area to be caulked is clean and free of moisture by wiping it down with a dry cloth. This prevents water from getting trapped underneath.

-Make sure you smooth the caulk into a consistent, seamless beading before letting it cure. You don’t want to leave any voids for air or moisture to get in.



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Repair Options

If  it has been an hour or less since you caulked the area that has bubbles, you may still be able to smooth or tool it out a bit. Any later than that and you will have to remove the bubbled caulk and start over.

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FYI: Preventing “Split” Caulk

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Why is splitting caulk a concern?

Other than being aesthetically unsightly, split caulk leaves gaps for water and air to get in, which may lead to higher energy bills, mold, or water damage.


What causes split caulk?

Changing weather conditions that create inconsistent humidity can affect the flexibility of caulk but the most common cause of split caulk is using the wrong caulk formula. Acrylic caulk is more prone to crack or split over time, so it is best to use a flexible, 100% silicone caulk for areas that are prone to splitting such as the bathroom or kitchen. If paintability is an issue, use a siliconized acrylic caulk to get the best of both worlds.



The Red Devil DuraGuard™ Kitchen & Bath Siliconized Acrylic Caulk is a great choice.







Tips & Tricks: Seal Your Windows to Save

WindowTips & Tricks: Seal Your Windows to Save Energy & Money!

Sealing your windows with a quality caulk or sealant prevents drafts (both cold and hot) that drive up your AC and Heating bills. It’s so crazy how many people don’t make a point to do this regularly. It will cost you a couple of bucks, take you about ten to fifteen minutes, and potentially save you hundreds!

Just check for drafts around your windows using a candle or flame (check if the flame bends) or look for signs of cracked or broken caulk that can let drafts in.

Then remove old caulk using a caulk removing tool or use a caulk softener and remove while soft with a putty knife. Then caulk any draft points, gaps, or cracks. It’s that simple!



FYI: Ceramic vs. Porcelain Tile -Is There Really a Difference?

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The short answer- yes. There is something close to a world of difference going by the stats listed by . Porcelain is a term that is used loosely to describe varying qualities of tile to scale up the price, but the formal definition is light-colored tile made from clay with meager iron content.

However, color alone is not a solid indicator of true porcelain as colored glazes can tint most tiles a lighter color effectively. True, quality porcelain has a consistent color throughout unglazed, and a thicker density. Ceramic tile density can come close to the density of porcelain through vitrification, the process by which ceramic tile is heated at high temperatures for a long period of time, with increases durability. A test of certified porcelain then comes down to a water penetration test where tile is soaked in water and then analyzed for the amount of absorption into the tile. A water penetration of 5% or less is considered porcelain quality.

Ceramic tile and porcelain tile can be further compared by hardness factor on the Mohs scale and durability PEI rating. Mohs is generally tested by how easily the surface minerals can be scratched or violated and PEI covers general durability variables. Lastly, there is the Coefficient of Friction, which measures how much slip a tile surface has when wet- the higher the number, the less slip texture there is.


Industry News: Best & Worst Home Improvement Projects to Invest In


According to the Cost vs. Value Report of 2014 done by the Lowry Team, an award winning real estate team based in Cincinnati, there are a number of home improvement projects that may regain all, if not more, of the value back on cost investment in materials, labor, etc. when selling a home. Below, the projects are ranked from best to worst under mid-range and upscale project categories (Lowry, 2014). Keep in mind that these stats are subject to vary based on location, local trends, and local cost of investment (Lowry, 2014).

Mid-Range Projects

Best (redeem 100% or more value back on investment)(Lowry, 2014):

-Adding an attic bedroom (Lowry, 2014)

-Having a back up power generator (Lowry, 2014)

-Wood deck additions (Lowry, 2014)


-Home office remodel (only redeem about 50% or less back on investment!) (Lowry, 2014)

Big-Scale Projects

Best (redeemed 70% or more value back on investment) (Lowry, 2014):

-Garage door replacement (Lowry, 2014)

-Composite deck addition (Lowry, 2014)

-Vinyl window and siding replacements (Lowry, 2014)

-Bath remodel (Lowry, 2014)


-Master suite addition (Lowry, 2014)

-Roof replacement (Lowry, 2014)

Works Cited

Lowry, Eric. “Lowry Team Real Estate.” The Lowry Team Keller Williams Realty Shares Home Improvements That Are Worth the Investment. Keller Williams Realty, n.d. Web. 05 June 2014. <;.

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Product 101: Create-A-Color™ Caulk Coloring System Kit: Getting Optimal Results

Devil’s Create-A-Color Caulk is a quality formulation that has excellent adhesion, mildew resistant, interior and exterior performance, low odor and water clean-up. The advantageous formulation aside, there are methods and tips for ensuring an ideal finish. Get the most out of your Create-A-Color Caulk Coloring System Kit by following the suggestions below!

-This may seem obvious, but it is crucial that the surface you are caulking be clean and free of contaminants.

-Apply enough caulk for the job & do not remove too much material when tooling.

-For a neat, straight bead edge, mask both sides of joint with masking tape and remove the tape before skin forms.

-Do not apply when rain or freezing temperatures are expected! This will mess up the characteristics of the formulation such as adhesion, color, texture, etc.

-Final mixer stroke should be very slow & w/o rotation, in order to remove large air pops from color-matched caulk.

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Tips & Tricks: The Secret Behind Quality Paint

 Did you know that the quality of a paint can be most accurately assessed from the binder used in the formula? The binder is the “film-forming” element of paint that affects all the noticeable properties such as adhesion, durability, gloss, etc.  The amount of pigment bound together in ratio with the other components of the paint affect the paint finish. This can range from a gloss finish with the least amount of pigment to a flatter, matte finish with the highest level of bound pigment. 

So how will you know if a paint has quality binding properties? A quality binder for an oil-based paint will be less likely to oxidize or resist oxidation longer. A quality binder for a latex-based paint will have effective adhesion capabilities, superior temperature resistance or less thermoplastic dependency,  and slower dry times (to maintain paint texture, adhesion, and finish integrity).