A week ago my tenant informed me that the caulking around her bathtub was coming loose, so I promised to repair it right away. I lied. I hate caulking, it scares the shit out of me because I have never been able to wield a caulking gun with any expertise what so ever. So for a week I kept trying to avoid her, knowing that I had broken my promise of a quick fix. Finally I couldn't hide any longer, so yesterday I dug out the caulking gun, along with a tube of caulk, and went over to do the job. I also grabbed a giant roll of paper towels, a sponge, and a large garbage bag. Scraping the old stuff off of the tub was easy and made me feel somewhat confident. I then cleaned the area and began caulking. Slowly and gingerly at first, it seemed to be going just right. And then I twitched. A huge gob of caulk bulged up from the seam between the wall and the tub. No problem I thought, I'll just come back and fix that when I'm done. Again I twitched and nervously tried to bring the tip of the caulking gun back in line, causing it to squiggle up and down. When I got to the corner a huge blob of caulk squirted out and up the wall. Fine I told myself, when I do the finger swipe down the line of caulk it will all work out. No, it did not work out. As I slid my finger along the gooey caulk it squished out in every direction. Before I knew it caulk was on the back of my hand, on my arm, and smeared up and down the wall. The more I tried to clean up the mess and straighten out the caulk line, the more caulking found its way to where it wasn't supposed to be. I now had caulk on my pants, shirt, and my tenant's shower curtain. It spread like a disease. The more I wiped, the more it spread.
I certainly hope my tenant enjoys her newly caulked bathtub. I think it is acceptable, but then again I'm blind as a bat. I'll have to ask her if it passes inspection. If not I can do it all over again, because as I usually do, I looked it up after the fact. How to caulk a bathtub, it is right there on the internet and looks pretty straight forward. Which means I can probably fuck it up easily.