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Old 10-04-2013, 01:26 AM   #1
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I'm so close to finishing my master bedroom remodel I can almost taste it! I'm in the process of caulking my joints tonight before I paint the trim tomorrow. I have been caulking every possible joint, but I'm finding it quite time consuming.

I've always been told that you should caulk every trim joint. But I'm starting to wonder if I'm being too literal. Is it really necessary to caulk every joint on a door frame? Even the tight ones?

While it won't save me any time on this room, I'm planning on replacing all of the base and case in our house, including 12 more doors that I have replaced. So, is it really necessary to caulk each and every joint? I'm fine with the base and casing to the wall, but do I really need to do casing/header to the frame, the stop to the frame, corners, etc. if the joints are tight?

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If they are tight, there is no need to caulk them
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If they are tight, there is no need to caulk them
Thank you! That makes me cringe so much less when thinking of the remaining doors!!!

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This is a matter of personal preference. Me being me, I would walk by and look at that uncaulked piece of trim and it would drive me nuts. I even do it in other peoples houses. Ha.

If it's taking that long I suspect you're using a caulking gun and those bloody tubes. Save yourself the headache, get the small hand squeeze "red"kitchen and bath tubes from the big box store. Cut the smallest piece you can off the tip, at an angle. Then go to town.

Caulking guns are a nightmare for trim work.
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Personally, I can't imagine caulking trim out of a tube. Not sure why you think guns are a nightmare.

I'd like to see it all caulked consistently. If it's taking you a long time, you should probably figure out what's slowing you down with your technique.
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If you mean where the trim meets the wall yes caulk. If you mean like the angles at the top of door casing or in the corners on baseboard use spackle it is so much easier to sand. As for the gun and tubes they really make the job easier. A couple tips, get a dripless gun, really doesn't cost anymore, what they do is when you release the trigger they stop. the cheap ones don't, caulk will keep running out of the tube till you release the pressure.
The biggest mistake I have found DIYers make on caulking is they make the hole toooooooo big this makes it hard to control the caulk and makes a big mess. The smaller the better.
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It sounds like I should just bite the bullet and caulk it all. It doesn't really take all that long I suppose, but with another dozen doors to do, every little bit counts. More so than anything else, I just wanted to make sure I didn't waste a day caulking the doors for no reason.

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It's good to caulk them all if you can. I don't think it's 'necessary', but it helps them stay solid looking for longer. New Trim is going to move around some over time, some of those tight joints will open up a little.
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I only caulk it if there is an actual gap or crack there.
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It's good to caulk them all if you can. I don't think it's 'necessary', but it helps them stay solid looking for longer. New Trim is going to move around some over time, some of those tight joints will open up a little.
Which is why I think caulk is better than spackle.
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I always caulk it all....with a caulking gun....even the 45's at the corners.They will open up over time.
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If you need to caulk the miter joints in your trim you need to fire the finish carpenter!
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