What a silly question.
Or is it?
As mentioned yesterday I am about to embark on several home maintenance tasks involving caulking. Some to provide that missing finishing touch. Others related to preparing the home for the winter to come and conserve energy consumed when heating the home.
In either case, I am going to need a lot of caulking.
I also mentioned that I am likely the world’s worst when it comes to applying caulking. I find it a messy task and I am not good at it.
One of the issues I have is that I find I am constantly cutting the tip of a tube of caulking too large than necessary, causing more caulking to be pushed out of the opening in the tip of the tube than needed which creates a messy job and wastes the caulking.
Let me quickly show you. So, in order to puncture the inside base of the tube of caulking, I find that I need to cut the tip sufficiently large to allow a small screw driver to go through to puncture the inside base. The result is that I have an unnecessarily large hole in the tip and thus the excess caulking that comes out.
The tip of the standard tube of caulking is typically quite long; longer than the typical spike which comes with most caulking guns that is used to puncture the base of the caulking tube inside the tip. Well, as you can see in the above picture, typically the tip of the tube (try saying that fast three times ) is longer that the caulking gun spike.
Here is a really neat idea I had not previously seen. It was on one of the tubes of caulking I received from the kind folks at DAP. So here is what it looks like once I did that. This then allowed me to cut a smaller opening at the top of the nozzle to meet my needs. And, the top of the nozzle even had markings to guide me where to cut the tip depending on the size of the opening I needed.
What’s different? Look closer at the picture above. Can you see that it says “Unscrew Nozzle and Cut”. I have not seen this before.
Now what? Well, I simply took a utility knife and cut the top of the remaining stub to, in effect, puncture the top base of the tube of DAP caulking.
This was followed by screwing the removable nozzle back onto the top of the caulking tube.
Very, very nice. I had not seen that before.
So, yes, there is a difference in caulking tubes. Hopefully you will add this to your own growing collection of home renovation tips and home maintenace tips.
Tomorrow, we start our fall contest. I wonder if you can guess what it is about and what the possible prizes are? See you tomorrow.
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