Date: Sat Jan 20, 2001 6:34 pm
Subject: Caulking when cold?
I am using G.E. Silicon caulk in my room. It is not truly
an "acoustical" caulk that remains "wet", but once dry, it is VERY
flexible and "rubbery". For my purposes right now, this is more than
adequate. Note for anyone who might be using this heavy-duty G.E
silicon from Home Depot... it is pretty expensive when bought by the
single tube, by sometimes on another rack elsewhere in the store, it
is packaged as three tubes in one wrapper... and this "three-bundle"
is much cheaper per tube... same exact stuff. If you buy three
single tubes not in the bundle wrapper, you will pay top dollar...
you need to find that "three-tube" package.
ANYWAY... my question... I need to start caulking my room again, and
the average temperature here now is 30 degrees F. I can;t remember
exactly what it says on the caulk package, but I'm sure that it is
recommended to use the caulk in temperatures above 40 F. But,
there's really no way I can raise the temperature, and I cannot wait
until spring time. Any thoughts?
My plan is to just apply the caulk regardless of the cold... hey, if
it does not dry properly, maybe that's even better... as long as it
remains in the crevices in which it is applied. It is all indoor and
will never be exposed to water. The caulking is for soundproof
Are there any reasons why I should NOT apply this caulking now in 20 -
30 degree F temperatures? One fear is that maybe the adhesive
characteristic might be reduced, and the caulk might lift off
eventually. I suppose I should contact G.E. directly with this
question, but I'm sure that once they would respond to me two years
later, they will simply tell me to follow the instructions on the