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Old 02-04-2013, 07:25 AM   #1
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I have several older windows that are leaking (cold) air around the interior casing. I just had the exterior repainted and the exterior casing was caulked at that time.

The problem persists. So next step is to caulk the interior casing where it laps the painted drywall.

The problem is at the bottom. The bottom horizontal casing is only ~4-5" above the countertop--too close for a caulk gun.

Any suggestions on getting the caulk in this area?

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Old 02-04-2013, 08:02 AM   #2
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#1 If there's that much air getting in I'd concider removing the casing and use some low expanding foam, replace the casing then do the caulking.
You could just put some on you finger and work it in then wipe with a damp sponge.
Or just buy a small plastic tube of it it that's easyer for you.

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Judging by your answer you've got a good enough mental picture already. Due to the age of the casing and the potential negative consequences of removing the casing + there are 2 window areas in the same (kitchen) room and touchup painting would end up with entire room painting--I need to try the band aide approach first.

The idea of the small plastic tube is a worth a try and I'll do so soon.

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Or you could put it in a baggie and cut a corner in the bottom of the bag.
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Although the baggie is interesting I don't think it offers any advantage to the plastic tube (+ finger) other than cost. I'll be a sport and pay for the plastic tube :-)
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You can also clamp a length of tubing (I used some old fuel line I had left over from a mower repair) onto the standard caulking setup and you now have a flexible snout. Wastes some caulk, but no more than the other methods.
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For at least the 2nd of 2nd window where the casing is only ~3" from the countertop the tubing idea seems to be an excellent one.

You could cut the business end at a 45 and use a hose clamp to secure the connection and, unlike like the tube, you'll have more control over the flow with the gun.

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I've caulked with the caulk gun 90 degrees off the wall instead of the standard 45 degree or so angle that you usually caulk with. just need to cut the caulk tube tip on an 45 degree angle and point the angled tip up at a 45 degree under the horizontal casing and squeeze out and pull with finger as you go along. once you get the hang of it it is easy.

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