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What is a caulking gun? And how to use it?


What is a caulking gun? And how to use it?

Whether you are a hand tools manufacturer, hydraulic tools manufacturer, or homeowner caulking gun is a must-have tool for you. It is because a caulking gun is the handiest tool to fill cracks and gaps effectively.

Even though a caulking gun is the handiest tool, still there are people who don’t know what is caulking gun or how to use it properly. So, here in this guide, we will let you know detail regarding caulking guns and how to use them.

So, keep reading the information given below:

What is a caulking gun?

A caulking gun is a special tool holding a cartridge or tube filled with the material used to seal up cracks and gaps. Most importantly, a caulking gun is also equipment commonly used by hydraulic tools manufacturer or hand tools manufacturer to bond a range of tools effectively.

Caulk can be made of latex or silicone. Fortunately, it can be used to bond an amazing range of materials such as wood, ceramic, glass, metal, etc. Caulk is commonly available in tubes. However, you will use a caulk gun to get the caulk out of the tube and to ensure its smoother application in the best possible way.

Even more, a caulking gun can make it easier to control the quantity of caulk. So, you can release the caulk in the exact amount that’s required for a task.

How to use your caulking gun properly?

Whether you have a leaky shower or a faucet, you need to apply caulk to eliminate gaps or cracks at some point. Having a caulking gun in hand can make the process super easier. However, here is how to use it to seal gaps effectively.

So, follow the instructions below to learn how to use a caulking gun:

Load caulking tube into a caulking gun

Press the release trigger available at the rear of the caulking gun using your thumb. This can be done by releasing the plunger given in the gun’s back.

Pull this plunger back and place the caulking tube while keeping the nozzle of the tube in front. Now push the plunger properly in the caulking tube’s back and release your thumb too. Your caulking tube is now loaded in the caulking gun.

Make a hole in the tip of the cartridge

At this step, you need scissors to cut the cartridge’s tip to match the hole to the gap’s size you need to fill. To puncture the inner seal of the tube, take a nail or pin and insert that through the hole.

Fill the gap or crack you need

Hold a caulking gun at an angle of 45-degree along the crack or gap you want to fill. Squeeze the handle of the gun or trigger it while drawing the caulking gun towards you slowly. When you are unable to squeeze the gun’s handle anymore, simply release it. The handle will spring back automatically. Once the handle is in the original position, you are all set to squeeze that again.

How the caulk is applied to the gap will completely depend upon your gun's moving speed and how hard you squeezed its handle. However, practicing these steps a few times will make you use a caulking gun more effectively.