You know the old saying, “No question is a dumb question.” Well, I have to say that about this tutorial, “No tutorial is a dumb tutorial.”
I realize that a caulk gun isn’t a big scary power tool, and yet I still think learning how to use a caulk gun is a very valuable skill for any handy person.
So, let’s get right down to some Caulk Talk.
How to Use a Caulk Gun
A caulk gun is a necessary tool for any homeowner. Sealing gaps in siding, replacing the seal around the tub and shower surround when the old caulk gets dry and brittle is a must. Caulking around the trim around windows and doors will improve your homes energy efficiency and get rid of unsightly gaps. You can also use it for spreading construction adhesive and any other substrate that is sold in tube form. A caulk gun saves your hands from cramping, especially if you have a lot of caulking to do.
A basic caulk gun costs about $10 – $20, but you could buy a power version which run up to $200! Sheesh!
Starting a tube of caulk:
Cut off the tip of your tube by inserting it into the hole at an angle.
Poke the stick attached to the gun into the tube to puncture the seal.
Loading a caulk gun:
Pull the hooked rod all the way back. Insert your tube base first. Then tilt the nozzle end into the top of the gun.
Rotate the hook so it is facing up and the teeth are facing down.
Pull the trigger and you’re good to go!
Be prepared to pull the hook rod back when you finish or the caulk will continue to flow out of the nozzle.
Watch these videos for more details on using a caulk gun (also called a caulking gun) and why it is important to fill any cracks or seams in your siding!
*Thanks to The Real Tim Jones for sharing the secret about how to cut and start your caulk tube! Tim is sooo right, I never knew about this until I saw his video!
And, if you want to find out how to keep your caulk from drying out in between uses, my friend Sandra at Sawdust and Paper Scraps has this tip.