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Old 03-22-2006, 07:53 AM
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Default Best Caulking

Does anyone have suggestions on what brand name caulking works best around the cyclones transition and intake?

I like what Ed used on the main cyclone, it was a bit firmer than most. If I knew what that was I'd use it!

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Don
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Old 03-22-2006, 03:58 PM
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Don,
We use DAP brand Alex Plus crystal clear caulk with silicone.

Ed

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Old 09-20-2007, 10:09 PM
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Geocel Pro flex. Built my cyclone with material from a sheet metal fabrication shop. They swear by Pro flex for sheet metal caulking.

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Old 02-20-2008, 04:42 PM
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Default Dap Caulk

Ed,

Just a point of clarification. I was down at my not so local Agent Orange today, and they had two Dap clear caulks, neither of which exactly matched the one you specified earlier.

One was Dap Alex Plus Clear, comes out white and dries to clear, goes for about $2 a tube. I didn't copy down this one's UPC.

The other was Dap Flexible Clear Sealant, Crystal Clear. Is clear even uncured. But it doesn't say "Alex Plus" anywhere on the tube that I could find. About $5.50 a tube. UPC on the this tube is 070798 183766.

I ended up with the higher priced spread, but am just curious which you use. Can send you a photo of the one I got, if you like.

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DWD
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Old 02-22-2008, 10:34 AM
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After LOTS of searching, I found the exact stuff Ed uses at AMAZON.COM
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Old 02-22-2008, 11:24 AM
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Default Dap Caulk

Thanks, Bob,

I think I saw that one at Amazon. They list it as #18401, which I take it is the last 5 digits of the UPC not including that little one on the end. Doesn't appear Amazon stocks it directly, rather makes it available from partners, which include Polstein's and True Value, at somewhere between $2.50 and $3 per tube, plus about double that for shipping.

The two I saw at HD, then, would equate to numbers as shown on Amazon as 18376 and either 18156 or 18071.

Amazing how many different caulks there are. Just from Dap alone there were 238 results to a search query of "dap caulk".

Though more expensive per tube, probably not enough difference between what I have, the 18376, and the 18401 to warrant the gas to return it to HD, then pay the freight to get the exact match through Amazon. I'll leave it as an "open item" and report in some flavor as I complete the cyclone build. I don't have a True Value anywhere in the area, and even my local Ace isn't an Ace anymore, making my nearest of that brand about 35 miles away.

From your help, for what its worth, I also found the 18401 at Do It Best's online site, but sold in 12 packs only. Thus anyone with one of those nearby might be able to find it in stock and sold by the tube.

Regards,

DWD

PS: I tried both of my local Do It Best franchisees, neither carried it in stock and were unwilling to order unless I agreed to take the entire 12 pack.

PPS: I used the 18376 Dap caulk during reassembly of the cyclone central tube to the barrel's MDF top (I'd removed it for painting) and for assembly of the transition. This caulk is solvent base, and comes out of the tube like stiff peanut butter. It is not all that easy to work, not the "smooth and creamy" description given the recommended Alex Plus latex caulk. But it does come out of the tube crystal clear. My efforts on the cyclone tube were not very good as I had trouble getting the stuff to flow into the space between the pieces, even after preapplying a good amount to the MDF prior to assembly. There are lots of bubbles in the joint, though I think I got a decent seal. Just doesn't look all that great, and not nearly as good as the factory seal was. The transition, however, seems to have come out OK as, knowing the difficulties I was going to have, I first taped up around the joints, then "overshot" the caulk into the recesses, counting on ooze to remove bubbles. If you use this stuff, have plenty of rags or paper towels at the ready, plus a dish of mineral spirits.

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Old 07-10-2008, 10:58 PM
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Default Wonders Never Cease!

Was wandering through the local Wal Mart today, three guesses what I found: DAP Alex Plus Crystal Clear, #18401. $2.34 per tube.

Of course after I struggled through a tube of that solvent based peanut butter stuff.

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DWD
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Old 12-07-2008, 12:31 AM
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Lightbulb Another caulking alternative

I saw this thread and wanted to offer a comment about Lexan (available in clear) as an adhesive caulk. The DAP Alex Plus is clearly working well for Clear Vue, and in my experience it's a caulk that will adhere better than some to surfaces that aren't real clean. But for some situations you might perhaps encounter, even in a project like ducting, Lexan is something else. I've successfully caulked concrete to asphalt with that stuff. It's much less convenient to use than the Alex Plus, since you have to smooth it with thinner, but it bonds really well to many surfaces and for some projects where I want to be really sure of a seal, that's what I use.

I hope this doesn't sound like some spam ad jive; it's just that I was a high-end professional painter for 20 years, and I've worked with a lot of different caulks.
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Old 12-07-2008, 03:51 PM
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Default "Lexan" Caulk?

David,

I'm confused again. Thought "Lexan" was GE Plastics' trade name for their polycarbonate products. Could you be a bit more specific, perhaps manufacturer name and UPC number for the product?

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DWD
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:45 PM
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You are so totally right, DWD. My very spaced out.

What I meant to type was Lexel, which is a Sashco product (http://www.sashcosealants.com/Home_I...ent/Lexel.aspx), UPC 31525 13010 is what's on the tube I have in front of me, which is several years old. It also says prominently on the label: "Sticks to WET Surfaces", though I've never tried that myself.

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