Replacing coping caulk

SAPoolOwner

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Apr 25, 2007
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I have an 11K in-ground gunite where the deck has settled a bit and there is now seperation in the caulk between the coping and deck. I would like to replace the caulk to improve the appearance. Should I just remove the caulk or the foam insulation with it and could someone recommend a type and brand of caulk.
 

duraleigh

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Pete,

Polyurethane caulk is most commonly used in that gap. No need to replace the foam unless it is stuck pretty tight to the old caulk. The foam is cheap at a masonry supply dealer if you need it. Almost all good poly caulks will work. HD and Lowe's have good ones.....about 3-4 bucks per tube.

It is a PITA to work with. Tape off both sides of the joint and then squeeze the caulk in barely over the finished level. Next, take a putty knife and CAREFULLY level it between the two taped-off sides. If you work slowly and carefully, you'll get a professional looking job.
 

sevver

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Mar 27, 2007
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Morris, IL
Just to chime in, I have watched professional caulkers do their work before, and if it matters what it looks like at all, they do tape off each side of the joint. I would say though, professional caulkers don't use tubes of caulk, they generally seem to mix it and suck it into a caulk gun type thing, which more than likely is way cheaper than buying tubes. I would price things and get a bid and see what could be cheaper maybe. Not sure how big the gap is, but if it is say 1/2" wide, I would put the caulk in probably close to 1/2" deep, maybe 3/8" at the least (IMHO) I doubt it would go more than 5 feet per tube, probably more like 3... There are BIG tubes of caulk out there too, but you would need a big caulk gun.

Good luck
Steve
 

sevver

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Mar 27, 2007
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Meh... I don't know, probably, but it doesn't really last forever, and if the ROI is worth it then I would definitely do it myself. That is the ticket though, could I use that money saved for something else? .......