Recently I bought a tube of 'Liquid Nails' glue. After having used a
small amount of it, I pushed a nail into the dispenser end of the tube
to prevent it drying out.
About a week later I was unable to get any more glue to come out as it
had dried up.
Is there a good method of preventing the contents of 'tubed' products
like this from drying up?
You help will be appreciated.
On 19 May 2006 09:30:53 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If you are using small amounts of Liquid Nails and buying the large
caulk gun-type tube, the remaining stuff won't last long once the tube
is punctured for use. It's just the nature of the product -- and is
also true of regular caulk. Use it or lose it. Some caulk tubes come
with a plastic cap which will extend the life of the contents
somewhat, but it eventually dries up too.
Liquid Nails also comes in a regular toothpaste-style tube which will
last longer once opened (but not forever).
Not liquid nails, use it or lose it. I have gotten some life out of
half-use caulk by first only cutting small amount off of the tip. Then
when done for the day screw a good sized wirenut onto the end of the
tip. Not guaranteed, but sometimes preserves the tube.
I gave up on the nail method.
What I do is wrap some clear packing tape around the tip so it makes a kind
of bubble around the opening. Then, squeeze some glue out to fill the
bubble. That little bubble will harden, and seal up the hole. Next time
you use it just twist off the tape and that bubble on the tip. Good as new.
I haven't had a tube go bad yet since doing it this way, and it doesn't
harden in the tip either. I've had a couple that have sat for months at a
The key element being- get and keep air out of the tip, since that is what
sets off the drying action. For small expensive specialty glues, a big
baggie with all the air sucked out, and sometimes even storage in freezer,
prolongs the inevitable.
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