Caulk Removal: This Tip Will Blow You Away

Removing caulk is a pain in the neck. Literally! You have to bend over the tub, sink or counter top and assume this position for as long as it takes you to get the job done. And all the while you have to be meticulous and remove every tiny spec because if you don’t you won’t be able to reapply the caulk properly. There are products designed to remove silicon and acrylic caulk that will work in some applications but many times there are instances where the surface you’re working on is just too delicate to risk damaging it with an industrial strength solvent. Solution?

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Here Home Repair Tutor Paul Mitchell comes up with a great idea. He uses a hairdryer as a heat gun. A standard heat gun would be too hot. Where a hairdryer set on ‘High’ is not. Ingenious! Just heat a small section (8 to 10″), use a sharp utility knife to scrap off the caulk and Voila! You’ll be done in no time.

Gentlemen, if you are going to try this at home be sure you don’t forget the most important part. Make sure you ask the wife BEFORE you use her hairdryer.

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