Tuesday, October 13, 2015

On The Brink Of Madness

Silicone caulking. It is the devil. If you've ever tried to remove it, especially from painted walls, you'll know exactly what I mean.

Previous owners of this house updated the kitchen at some point and used silicone caulking in areas they shouldn't have. Didn't need to. Like around kitchen cabinetry and parts of the counter top that are nowhere near water.

For days I have been peeling, scraping, rubbing, sandpapering, slicing with a razor blade...crying, begging, having a nervous breakdown...as I try to get rid of this evil spirit.



And so far, lots of things are coming off. Like chunks of the wall. But not the silicone caulking. Even though the big pieces eventually get removed, small remnants are left behind that refuse to go away. Pieces that will not allow for a smooth paint finish.

Because. Nothing. Sticks. To. This. Devil. Not even primer.



Now place your thumb and forefinger close together.


That's how close I am to torching the area.

What renovation job drives you mad?

27 comments:

  1. I feel for you. Don't give up yet.

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    1. No way, Gail. I refuse to let this demon win! :)

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    2. This Demon will not win. You will win.

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    3. You got it, Wonder Woman. This demon is going to be out on its ass soon.

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  2. wow at least we know the stuff works! Good luck Martha.

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    1. It sure does, Christine. But it's only needed in certain places. Not everywhere!

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  3. Oh Martha! Sending you hugs and fortitude! Thanks for the warning. I bought some a few months ago, but I haven't used it because just about anything will distract me from the thought of caulking! LOL

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    1. It is very useful where you're supposed to put it but a pain in the ass where you shouldn't.

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  4. Oh wow! Sounds like a nightmare!!! I hate when previous owners do things like this. I can't tell you how many things we had to hire a professional to fix with one house we owned that the previous amateur owner tried to do things himself. Good luck with it! Plan some big reward for yourself when you finish the project!

    betty

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    1. It is very tiresome having to deal with things like this. I'll be happy when this (the worst job so far) is over and done with!

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  5. Our house has thing done by the previous owners that have cost us thousands of dollars. Very frustrating! I hope you are almost done. ;-)

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    1. Not too far now. Just some loose ends. But this job certainly took up more time than it should!

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  6. Hang in there, Martha!!! Yes, this stuff is great for what it is supposed to used for but otherwise?
    The NUMBER ONE renovation work that can and did push me to the limit was.......putting in hardwood floors!!! Almost caused a DIVORCE!! Ended up doing the whole job with a drill and a hammer...instead of that $#@%^** nail driver!!
    Thank you.

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    1. From the $#@%^**, I take it you were quite frustrated! LOL... There are jobs that drive us over the edge. I'm glad you found a way that worked better for you!

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  7. It is like oil-based paint. Needed in certain places, but can be a total pain if it's everywhere

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    1. also goo gone makes a caulk remover, try that if you haven't already

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    2. I've never heard of that product. I'll have to look it up. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  8. Gosh ... wish I could help with a magic "this is what you need to do" but alas I can't.
    I feel for you, but don't give up ...

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks, Jan. I am feeling much better today. This job will be done eventually.

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  9. Hang in there, I'm sure it will feel amazing when you conquer that $*57#^@*@(*#&&$ area and turn into something prettier :) And having re-re-re-recaulk our tub so many friggin times, I can totally concur that caulking is the Devil's Crayola.

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  10. You have an out...blame it on the previous guy. Yes, there always are some dumb things you have to clean up.

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    1. Yes, we can blame this on previous owners! And the next owners will probably blame things on us. The circle of home ownership :)

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  11. Oh what a pain! Ugh! We just had a new stove installed and the installers had to cut the hole in our cabinets a little bit larger. They did a terrible job - the cuts are not the least bit straight.... We've complained to the company and hope to get our money back.

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    1. Sounds like a nightmare, Linda. We are in a similar position with a company but about a lousy carpet purchase/installation job. We're hoping for our money back, too, or a new carpet. Customer service is so sucky in some places these days.

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  12. Pretty much what you are doing is the worst. Even patching old plaster cracks is more satisfying than removing silicon. Patching plaster cracks on the ceiling is pretty bad, though.

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    1. Oh yes, that ceiling job is pretty bad, too. Thankfully we don't have to do that, as well!

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