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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Top 6 Caulk Tips

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  • Need help with your latest sealing job?  Make quick work using these caulking tips! How to Angle Caulk Next time you need to apply caulk in a tight space or at an awkward angle, try this trick from Club member Mark Le Mieux of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Insert a flexible drinking straw into the tip of the caulk tube and attach it with painter’s tape. You’ll be able to better control the caulk bead at any angle. How to Caulk Small Spaces

    Next time you need to apply caulk in a tight space, try this trick from Club member Jamie Schultz of Brillion, Wisconsin. Use a heat gun to gently warm the caulk tip until the plastic becomes soft; then bend the tip to the required angle and allow it to cool.

    How to Paint Over Silicone Caulk You’ve probably learned the hard way that paint doesn’t adhere to silicone caulk. But Club member Ryan Johanson of Duluth, Minnesota, found a remedy. Brush sanding sealer over the silicone caulk. When it dries, the silicone will have a paintable surface. Easy-Seal Caulk Rather than capping a silicone caulk tube after use, Club member Rick Brown of Furlong, Pennsylvania, leaves a small blob at the tip to cure. When he uses the tube again, he pulls off the hardened blob to uncork the spout. Although this method isn’t suitable for long-term storage, it works well for a few days with both gun tubes and squeeze tubes. How to Reseal Caulk without a Nail If you’ve had no success sealing partially used tubes of caulk with tape or a nail, try this method used by Club member Corbin Sebestyn of Lockhart, Texas. He cuts off the entire tip from an empty tube of caulk and cleans out any caulk that’s left inside. Next, he fuses the pointed end of the cut tip by heating it with a match or lighter and then squeezing the softened tip with a pliers. When slipped over the tip of an open caulk tube, this modified tip provides a tight seal. How to Reuse Caulk Tubes To fill a void under a damaged wood floor, Club member Wendell Upright of Idaho Springs, Colorado, refilled an empty caulk tube with sand-thickened two-part epoxy so he could inject it through holes in the floorboards. Refilling a caulk tube also works well for injecting other one-shot mixes that set quickly, such as tuckpointing mortar (use a quart tube and gun for greater capacity). A plastic tube that was filled with a latex product works best because it cleans up easily. Cut the tube short enough that you can get a knife under the edge of the plastic plunger; then grab the edge with needlenose pliers and pull it out. If you want to reuse the tube, glue the plunger to the caulking gun’s plunger. (You may want to dedicate an inexpensive gun for this purpose.) Depending on the mix, you may need to tape the end of the nozzle to keep it from running out while you fill the tube. Brought to you by: American Profile

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