Saving my tube caulking

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Blog entry by cbMerlin posted 11-12-2014 05:27 PM 1436 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve tried electrical caps, screws, tape and even bought a cap one time. All trying to save a tube of caulk or glue for later use, nothing really works well.

Sitting at the kitchen table the other day and noticed my wife’s wax warmer, the kind they melt sented wax in that makes the house smell like a gift shop, and had a “ah-ha” moment.

I just happened to be doing a little crack caulking around the house and my old caulking was of course, crap. I had just got home from having to buy new caulk.

When I got done caulking I just dipped the tip of the caulk in the melted wax. I know it will work fo a few days. When I got back to caulking a few days later, I just peeled it off with my finger nail and it was as good as new. Don’t know how it will work long term but it’s worth a try! I’ve seen wax used to seal food, mostly cheese, so I figured it just might work.

Anybody tried this? Will it work long term?

The only thing I gotta do is be a little sneaky, not sure my wife will think it’s a good idea…..

-- Sawdust looks better in the garage than cars, explain that to your wife!

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#1 posted 11-12-2014 05:40 PM

Just get your own “pot” for out in the workshop. Maybe they have those little cubes in “oak sawdust” or some such.

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#2 posted 11-12-2014 11:30 PM

You can also use the plastic dip that is available a At box stores and doesn’t need heating up. Works good

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#3 posted 11-13-2014 08:19 AM

I’m not sure if its the caulk I use or not, but I bought a 2 pack of the caulk caps at homedepot and they work amazingly well. I’ve kept a tube over 2 months.

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#4 posted 11-15-2014 05:59 PM

I’ve tried a bunch of things…screws, wire nuts, tape etc. but what finally worked for me was just letting the caulk harden in the nose of the dispenser tip. I read somewhere on the interwebs that once the caulk hardens in the tip it blocks the air from the tube. So I started buying tubes of caulk that have the screw on tips. Open the tube, screw on the tip, cut it to size, use on whatever, and then toss it back in the cabinet. When I need to use it again I just unscrew the tip, push out the hardened plug, screw the tip back on and caulk away.

I don’t know if this will work on all brands, but I have a tube of Permatex Black Silicone Adhesive that I’ve been using off & on for 6 months and a tube of DAP 3.0 all weather caulk that was originally opened in April. Once they hit 6 months I stop using them for critical sealing projects, but they work fine for quick shop fixes.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 11-15-2014 11:39 PM

Interesting idea, thank you for sharing. BTW, does the wife know

-- Norman

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#6 posted 11-16-2014 12:14 AM

These have worked well for me.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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