|The French are even more paranoid|
than the British about Poles
taking their jobs, so the Polish
Tourist Board made this poster, saying
"I'm staying here! Come on over."
|Adjustable spanner, |
pic from Wikipedia
|Box spanner, 99 p. |
from Je James cycles
|Sealant gun from Screwfix. |
Mmm, what an interesting name .
I wonder ... oh, sorry, LOL. ..
You should also have a 'gun', a kind of metal frame with a jerk-y handle (mmm, excuse me a minute) which you put the sealant tube in and pull the handle and it squeezes the sealant out for you. Slowly. Er, I was saying ... I have one of these already cuz I have done this sealant thing before.
First job is to clean out the old sealant. If you pick an end off and pull, most of it will peel away in a very satisfying way. Then you can scrape out the bits left. The hardware shop suggested I buy a Stanley knife for this purpose. They only had a Harris blade, not a Stanley one; it was more expensive and had a handy little pocket on the side for keeping spare blades in so I felt it was a good tool for a top class MILF and bought it. I of course do not use it for scraping along the bathtub with, it's much too pretty. I just use an old dinner knife for that. You can put the knife in the dishwasher afterwards and put it on the table and nobody will notice (except you will know it's a little bit bent and that the black fleck on it might come off on someone's vegetables).
OK, so you've cleaned out all the yucky bits of old sealant and made sure the side of the bath is dry (just dab some toilet tissue along it, sweetie, that will be fine). Now you grasp your sealant in its gun and rest it on the edge of the bath and tile, squeezing up the handle of the gun, you just move it slowly along, squidging the sealant out in a nice toothpaste-y line. If you can ice a cake, sealing a bath is a doddle, sweetie.
Next you should run something along the sealant to smooth it into the crack. You can use some special implement but the actual plumber will just use a wetted finger. I use my middle finger cuz it's the one I use for ... it's just the one I use,yah, it's broader and more flexible. Um, la la la, just smooth along the sealant and it doesn't matter what finger you like to use. For sealant. You can try to tidy up messy bits afterwards with the corner of wet tissue paper but sealant is like nail varnish. If it's a real mess, it's best to start all over again. Trying to fix it will smudge it up and make it blodgy. Just run your wetted finger back over any bits you blodged up trying to make it look better and it will be fine.
Here is my sink, with sealant applied and it looks fine. Hmmm? You want a close-up view! Oh, of the sink. OK yah, it does look wobbly but that's artistic, dahlink, and I saved enough money on it to buy Piglet's school shoes. And most of all - it doesn't leak or look disgustingly mildewy any more.
Job done, gurrls!