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Home Maintenance  /  August 24, 2022

How to Use a Caulk Gun

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Tips for Using a Caulk Gun to Help with Home Maintenance Projects for Your Lexington Area Home

Caulk guns are useful for a variety of household tasks, but they can be difficult to use. This article will teach you how to use caulk guns so you can easily seal your home.

If your caulking jobs are becoming sloppy or incomplete, it’s most likely due to improper caulk gun use. When purchasing caulk, many brands come in tubes and tips designed specifically for a caulk gun. It’s no surprise that your job isn’t done correctly if you’re using the wrong tip with the wrong tube or feeding it into the gun incorrectly. Follow these steps to ensure that all caulking jobs are precise and neat.

  1. Load the Tube Correctly. Inserting the tube into your caulk gun should be simple; but if there are instructions included with your kit, follow those instructions carefully. The most common mistake is to insert the tube upside down; this will result in air bubbles in the tube, and you won’t get a smooth flow of latex.
  2. Insert the Tip Correctly. When you insert the tip, it should be in the back of the gun and should have a little wiggle room. If part of the tip falls out, it’s possible that you’re inserting it upside down or too far into the gun.
  3. Feed It In. A steady stream of caulk is much easier to remove than one that just dumps out everywhere. If you keep trying to push your caulk in with your finger, you’re just going to push it all over your work surface once it’s off (not as messy as a mess of old caulk, but still messy).
  4. Work a Clean Up. If there’s any excess caulk left, you can either place it back in the tube and try to force it through the gun or you can use a cut-up piece of old cloth (an old T-shirt works well) as a scoop to carry all that extra caulk back into the tube.

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