- 1 How big of a gap can I fill with caulk?
- 2 What do you do with a gap between tub and cement board?
- 3 How do you fill large gaps in corners of baseboards?
- 4 How do you caulk a large window gap?
- 5 How do you fill a large gap between countertops and walls?
- 6 Should I put drywall behind tub surround?
- 7 What do you put behind a tub surround?
- 8 Should you caulk a tub surround?
- 9 Do you need to use RedGard over cement board?
- 10 Can you caulk cement board in shower?
- 11 Do you leave a gap between cement board?
How big of a gap can I fill with caulk?
A single bead of caulk can fill gaps up to 1/4 inch. If the gap is slightly larger than this, fill it with a bead of caulk deeper into the gap, but not flush with the surface.
What do you do with a gap between tub and cement board?
Caulk the gap
Ideally, you would leave a 1/8 inch gap which would then have the sealant applied to it. Either stopping the cement board above the tub flange or alternately shimming it out and dropping it down near the tub would both be good options.
How do you fill large gaps in corners of baseboards?
Always caulk the inside corners. Most siliconized acrylic latex caulks are a good choice and they are paintable. On outside corners it is usually easier to use putty but caulking will work fine.
How do you caulk a large window gap?
If applied to large gaps, caulk can sag out of the gap and create an unattractive mess. If you have gaps wider than 1/4″, the best practice is to fill them first with a foam backer rod, such as this C.R. Laurence Closed Cell Backer Rod (available from Amazon) and then run your bead of caulk.
How do you fill a large gap between countertops and walls?
Lay painter’s tape along the edge of the countertop and the wall just above the gap to keep caulk off these surfaces. Apply the caulk with a caulking gun. Choose a color that matches the countertop and spread a thin, continuous bead with no voids.
Should I put drywall behind tub surround?
Fiberglass and acrylic tub and shower enclosures come with a flanged edge that attaches directly to the wall studs, and the proper way to hide this flange is to install drywall over it. Consequently, enclosures are typically installed on the bare studs.
What do you put behind a tub surround?
Install cement board or an equivalent moisture-resistant backing material on walls behind tub and shower enclosures composed of tile or panel assemblies with caulked joints. Don’t use paper-faced backer board, i.e., paper-faced drywall, behind seamed tub and shower enclosures.
Should you caulk a tub surround?
Whether your shower is a free-standing shower unit or part of a bathtub surround stall consisting of an acrylic shell or ceramic tile, it is critical to seal the joints around the base and corners of the shower with a good-quality silicone caulk.
Do you need to use RedGard over cement board?
As long as it’s Cement Board & not some crappy “almost” cement board stuff. You really don’t need the RedGard, but the more protection the betterso go for it. And yes, you can do the boards beforehand. But, hit the filled seams & screws (your weak points) as soon as a panel is ready to give it some time to setup.
Can you caulk cement board in shower?
In the event the caulk seal between the bottom row of tile and the tub/shower fails, water can get behind the tile. If the backer board is touching this ledge, it will readily soak up this water like a sponge. Then, before installing the tile, apply a bead of pure silicone caulk between the backer board and the ledge.
Do you leave a gap between cement board?
While the mortar is still wet, place a sheet of backerboard onto it. Repeat this process, spreading mortar and laying backerboard one sheet at a time. Leave a 1/4-inch gap between the backerboard and the wall. Leave a 1/8-inch gap between each backerboard sheet.