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Walls Category: Exterior Walls: Caulking

Problem:

Caulking tube is blocked / clogged.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Long nail/wire (caulking gun usually comes with an attached nail for puncturing)

  • Screw

Solution:

You left a half-used caulking tube in your caulking gun a while ago, and now you're needing to use it again, but you find that the tube has dried out as no caulking comes out despite how much pressure you apply on the caulking gun trigger.  At this time, you might be considering throwing away the tube to replace it with a brand new one.  What you can do is simply unclog the tip of this half-used caulking tube so as to allow the tube to be usable again, all the way until the tube is empty.

 

Unclogging the tube doesn't take much effort.  Usually, in fact, a standard caulking gun comes with an attached nail for unclogging half-used tubes:  Take the tube out of the caulking gun, pull the attached nail from (usually underneath) the caulking gun so as to have this nail stick out for use, and then cause the tip of the tube to have this sticking-out nail lodged into it, all in an effort to remove the dry caulking that prevents the remaining caulking from coming out when the tube is in the caulking gun and cocked for caulking discharge.  If your caulking gun does not have an attached nail, you can use any nail that is laying around, or you may even want to find a sturdy enough wire to poke through the dry caulking, and then tie this wire around the side of your caulking gun for subsequent unclogging purposes.

Next time, in an effort to prevent having to unclog a half-used tube, screw the tip of the tube temporarily shut with a screw; if done right, this may be prevent the tube from clogging up when you try to use it next time in the near future.

Caution: When dealing with sharp objects, such as a nail, make sure you take precautions; read all product manufacturer instructions.

That should help get the most out of each caulking tube and get your caulking gun ready for use when you need it.

Ed the Handyman

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