Saturday, August 26, 2017

How Do You Open Caulking Tubes

Manual caulking gun
Manual Calking

By Gary Boutin

Supplies and tools:
Caulking gun
Caulking tube

Step 1: Fig.1 shows you go the the hardware store, and purchase several caulking tubes, those cylinder with the plastic ends. Unless you ask and that means you have to find someone first to ask the question, there is no explanation of how to use or how to open the caulking tubes.

Caulking and adhesives
Fig.1 All type of caulking tubes
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the caulking tube you need to purchase a caulking gun there a three main colors and they all do the same thing, squeeze the stuff out of the tubes so the job can get done.

Two types of caulking gun
Fig.2 Manual caulking guns
Step 3: Fig.3 and fig.4 shows the tip of the caulking tube into the hole of the caulking gun near the handle. Do not put your fingertip it will cut it off.  Pull the handle and the tip will be cut off.
Caulking fun tube opener
Fig.3 Hole in gun 
cuts the tube end
Place tube tip into caulking gun to cut off the tip
Fig.4 Cutting 
tube end
Step 4: Fig.5 shows the tip of the caulking gun and pull out the long needle tip and push the needle tip into the caulking tube. Now the caulking gun is ready to push out its contents. To get the stuff out of the tube, just keep pulling with your fingers the caulking gun until it runs out. Each gun has different ways to get the contents out of it, some have open sides, some have closed side, whatever gun you have the directions are the same.
Caulking metal strip cuts the foil to open the tube
Fig.5 Opening tube
Tip: That not all, there more. When you want to stop the contents from coming out, pull out the long metal stick that is pushing out the contents, and the stuff will stop coming out. Most of the time this works, some glues still keep coming out of the tube, but not as fast as when the metal handle is pushed in. Now you are the pro and you know how to use the caulking gun.

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