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Old 07-31-2008, 10:20 PM   #1
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Do you have caulk along your kitchen baseboards?

Just wondering because the people who put linoleum in my parents' house put caulk along the bottom to seal any gaps. Whoever built my house did a crappy job with the tile and baseboards so I have huge gaps everywhere where the ants come in and I wonder if I should seal it off with caulk. I think it's a bit unconventional though, so I'm deciding which will bring down the value of the house more, the caulk or the gaps.

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Old 07-31-2008, 10:34 PM   #2
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As there is no such thing as a square wall, caulk is the solution to a multitude of sins.
Your best bet is to go with a latex/acrylic, as it shinks and expands with hot and cold. And it's water clean up while wet. It may dry to touch and is paintable in 24 hours, but it really cures in 5-7 days, depending on humidity and how wide you lay your bead down.
Silicone does not shrink or expand and is not water clean up and is not paintable. But is good in bath, or water areas. Usually it is more expensive.
Gaps are never good. Critters, dirt.
If you match the color as close as you can, caulk becomes invisible. You'll always be more critical, knowing it's there, but others won't notice.
Altough I'm saying this not knowing how big your gaps are.
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:38 PM   #3
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just put in new kitchen and bathroom latex tile floors. handy man used silicone for sealing out moisture.

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Old 07-31-2008, 11:41 PM   #4
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Baseboards?? What baseboards?? LOL If I had em I would caulk em yes. Then if necessary paint them to match the baseboards. It is easier with wood floors as sometimes you can use quarter round to hide the gaps, but tiles will always have gaps between them where the grout is as the grout is not as high as the tile.
Did that make sense?? LOL.
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Old 07-31-2008, 11:42 PM   #5
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PS I voted Yes just because I would caulk in a kitchen or bathroom even though right now nothing is caulked... its all falling apart ;(
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:17 AM   #6
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Just wondering because the people who put linoleum in my parents' house put caulk along the bottom to seal any gaps. Whoever built my house did a crappy job with the tile and baseboards so I have huge gaps everywhere where the ants come in and I wonder if I should seal it off with caulk. I think it's a bit unconventional though, so I'm deciding which will bring down the value of the house more, the caulk or the gaps.
It wont bring down the value of the house, well not in Draper it wont. If you were to try and sell your house, people would ask if there has been any watter damage because the gaps allow water to hit the subflooring. We had to replace our entire kitchen and bathroom floors because of this very issue. if you were to loose any value it would be very little. The trick is to get a good bead, its alot like welding. I have had alot of practice at both so im pretty good at it. That was not a hint. LOL
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Old 08-01-2008, 03:01 PM   #7
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Even with tile I think I would run a bead of caulk, then cover with 1/4 round. Quarter round just gives finished look to the base cabinets. They sell a 1/4 round made out of some type of paintable plastic that is very flexible, if you have any weird radius to do. I bought some at Home Depot
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Old 08-01-2008, 03:16 PM   #8
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There's no need to caulk between the flooring and the base moulding. But it's normal to caulk between the base moulding and the wall, and the vertical joints (if there are any) at the corners...if the trim is painted obviously.

Caulk where it's green, not where it's red.

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Old 08-01-2008, 03:19 PM   #9
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I have had alot of practice at both so im pretty good at it. That was not a hint. LOL
And here I was hoping it was exactly that and I could lure you out here... my beads are never even... ugg!
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Old 08-02-2008, 06:55 AM   #10
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we have no caulk. We have hardwood floors with the toe board? kick board? butting right on the hardwood flooring.
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