Caulking a Little and Wasting a lot? – On the House

Caulking a Little and Wasting a lot?

By on August 28, 2016
screw-in eye or hook

Did you ever have a tube of leftover caulk or adhesive that dried out and had to be thrown away? Caulking – especially the silicone kind – can get really expensive – $6 a tube and more. Yet it only seems to be available in quantities several times greater than what most of us normally need. For that reason we find ourselves replacing the cap and storing the leftover until next time only to find that it has dried out and must be thrown away. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You may be able to save the next tube you buy. All you need is a screw-in eye or hook – your very own personal caulking cap and storage hook. Here’s what you will need to consider. Tube tips can vary in size so purchase a hand full of screw-in hooks and/or eyes in varying diameters from about an eighth of an inch to three-eighths of an inch. Length isn’t as important as diameter since the seal will occur at the very tip of the container. Here’s how to do it:

  1. First, select a hook or eye where the screw portion is about a sixteenth to an eighth of an inch or so larger than the opening at the end.
  2. Apply a small amount of the contents of the tube onto the threads (as a sealant).
  3. Screw the hook or eye into the opening until the fit is snug. Loose here won’t work.

Then, to end clutter, hang the sealed tube where you can see it for next time. Cool!

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