What is the best way to seal up an open tube of caulking. I buy one, use it
, and have tried various ways to seal the tube up. However, when I put it in
the caulking gun to use again, the caulk at the tip has become dried out.
When I dig the hardened bit out, the opening of the tip is now too large,
and very difficult to caulk a bathtub etc, neatly. Thanks
Just saw this on "ask this old house". Besides the screw and nail
idea, they also recommended plastic wrap.
They also said that you can buy replacement tips for a buck so you can
just let the caulk harden in the tube.. guess it depends on how much
the tube costs.
Plastic food wrap. Ripoff a piece fold it 2 times
(4 thicknesses) put it over the large end and hold
it in place with rubber bands. Do the same for
the tip. Make sure each is end is sealed tight.
When you use the tube again, the tip end may be a
bit curdly but not hard. Shove a 16 penny nail (I
assume you don't want a hole smaller than a 16
penny nail) back and forth several time, put it in
the gun and apply pressure, maybe even shove the
nail in and out a couple of time with the pressure
on. Should clear up immediately. I have have
used the same caulk tube intermittently for over 3
Clean out as much of the caulk from inside the tube as you can. The
put some hot melt glue on the tip of opening a little at a time until
you build it up and seal the opening. The hot melt will come off the
plastic tube with a little force but should seal it up pretty airtight.
I tried this on my last tube but have not yet tried to get the glue
off. But normally hot melt does not stick permanently and comes off
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