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Make caulk beads as smooth as silk When smoothing a bead of latex caulk at my daughter's house, I was looking for a place to wipe the inevitable glob of goo that collected on my fingertip. She handed me a box of pre-moistened towelettes from the diaper bag. Besides cleaning my hands, I discovered that a towelette wrapped around my finger left an exceptionally smooth bead of caulk. Now, I always keep a box of baby wipes handy in my shop for waterless cleanup of hands and tools.-- Frank Grieco
Bob's Tip of the Day: The rim of your kitchen sink should always be sealed with silicone caulk. Remove the old caulking by cutting it with a utility knife and pulling it away from the seam. Clean any leftovers with rubbing alcohol, making sure you get it all off. Use painter’s tape for a straight line, squeeze a bead of caulk into the seam and wipe the excess with your finger. Keep the bead small; tooling it is easier if you wet your finger first in a cup of water mixed with a little dish soap.