I've heard about inserting a "common nail" head first into the tip of the
cartridge leaving the sharp end of the nail exposed sufficiently so that you
can pull it out when you want to use the caulk again. I've never tried it,
but it seems like it would work.
Use a short piece of rubber hose. very snuge fit over end of chaulking tip.
Plug one end of hose with Chauking, preferably silicone, slip other end
of hose over chaulking cartridge tip.
Will not work for ever, but for a while.
Over night to a few days, duct tape on the tip end. A little longer I
use a 4" screw - if it's drying caulk the screw will help pull out
some dry stuff. Common nails or pieces of wire coat hangers, tend to
Eventually, it dry's and hardens - trash.
"My doctor says I have a malformed public-duty gland
and a natural deficiency in moral fiber, and that I am therefore
excused from saving Universes."
Insert a fat nail, long enough to reach all the way into the supply tube. As
Mark said, leave enough nail sticking out so you can grab it easily. Then,
cover with a few layers of plastic wrap and a couple of rubber bands. Store
with the spout up.
Exactly, but don't forget to cover the large end
with plastic wrap and a couple of rubber bands
also. Depending on storage it will remain ok for
a couple of years. I have used one tube off and
on for over 3 years (a little here a little there
and a little touch up paint).
cartridge from drying out/hardening?
Yes, shove a large (#10 or if the tip on the cartridge is cut smaller,
us a #8)
long (3" min) phillips head stainless steel sheet metal screw
into the cartridge.
The caulk willing slowly dry / cure (that's what caulk does) but you
can either pull the screw out if caulk has not dried completely
If the dried caulk prevents pulling the screw, use a drill/driver to
Using staiinless will prevent rust stains in the caulk.
Save the screw for reuse.
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