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Old 09-10-2009, 12:31 PM   #1
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warming caulk quickly


Does anyone have a tip for warming a tube of caulk (quickly) for easy dispensing. As the weather cools off, it is getting tougher to dispense and I just broke another caulking gun from over-gripping it!
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Old 09-10-2009, 01:14 PM   #2
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If it's a cardboard tube, put it inside a sealed plastic bag, like a zip lock bag. Get as much air out of the bag as possible. If it's a plastic tube, you can eliminate the bag. Imerse the bag and caulk tube in a bucket of warm water. Warm, not hot. If it is overheated, the caulk could expand and push the piston out of the bottom out of the tube or it could become more runny than you might like.
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When gluing subfloor decking, we would put the tubes on the warm engine area under the van's hood. Then I bought a pneumatic glue gun which solved the problem, just increase the air pressure at the handle! Blew a tube every 8th house or so, but reasonable when working in the snow and ice. Be safe, G
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I am wondering how storing any caulk to be used in the next few weeks on top of my hot water heater would work?

Ok, lets get the Mythbuster ideas out of the way also; Has anyone microwaved a tube?
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I wouldn't try it. If it's water based, you could rupture the tube. If it's anything else, it probably has some solvents in it. Some tubes have metal parts. My microwave doesn't much like metal stuff. The water heater thing may be OK........... or not. Read the part above about solvents and think flammable near a heat source..... or source of ignition.
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I hear you on the nuker and metals. My water heater is electric, was thinking of putting the tubes in zip-lock bags / old tupperware etc. Storage elevation would depend on temp of heater top.
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