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Forum topic by Jim Jakosh posted 09-23-2019 01:36 PM 904 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2019 01:36 PM

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I had to put new screws in a piece of trim the bay window and needed just little bit of clear caulk. I went to my stash and found I had opened 2 tubes so I picked one and thought I’d clean out the snout like I usually do with a drill and then get to the good stuff.

I cleaned out the snout and got a surprise. i still did not get to and liquid caulk. So I cut off the top to see what was there and it was a total solid. The same thing happened on the second tube so I did an operation on it and it was solid almost all the way. I did manage to get a tiny bit of liquid from the center of that long mass. I guess air gets in even though the snout has solidified .

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#1 posted 09-23-2019 01:43 PM

I wonder if those “as seen on TV” tupperware type containers for caulking tubes work?

I don’t think I’ve ever gotten to use an entire tube of caulk before this happens to me.

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#2 posted 09-23-2019 01:46 PM

After opening a tube up I wrap the end with electrical tape.

Sometimes I use a finish nail and electrical tape. YMMV

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#3 posted 09-23-2019 02:15 PM

ive always used little red caps there like little condoms for caulking tubes,they work pretty well but in time the caulk still gets hard

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#4 posted 09-23-2019 02:34 PM



ive always used little red caps there like little condoms for caulking tubes,they work pretty well but in time the caulk still gets hard

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#5 posted 09-23-2019 02:50 PM

Electrical wire nuts work the best. Been doing it for years. The threads grip the spout and keep it air tight.

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#6 posted 09-23-2019 03:47 PM

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#7 posted 09-23-2019 03:58 PM

Two ideas which I have seen folks use to keep caulk/similar items for later use: 1. Wire nuts firmly attached to the end 2. Ubiquitous duct tape, long enough to be folded over and form a “tab” at the end to hang the whole tube vertically. I would lean more toward the wire nuts myself, for ease of operation.

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#8 posted 09-23-2019 04:25 PM

Even an unopened tube of silicone caulk will go bad after it gets old. If it comes out thick and lumpy it is bad and starting to gel. Not long ago I took an un opened tube to jobsite to caulk around a shower door frame. Looked fine coming out of tube. But it wouldn’t dry and stayed wet and sticky after many days. Checked date on tube and it was 5 yrs old

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#9 posted 09-23-2019 04:38 PM

Sounds strange, but I use my wife’s Glad Press ‘N Seal. I cut off a 1” strip of that stuff and wrap it around the tip, fold in over and wrap some more. The stuff sticks like glue and is impervious to air. Six months later and my caulk is as fresh as the day I opened it.

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#10 posted 09-23-2019 04:49 PM

lol, here in the desert you can count on it drying out based on your need of a small amount, even new tubes unopened dry out in a year or less if left in a tool box on truck the heat does it in for sure.

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#11 posted 09-23-2019 06:44 PM

Half the time when I go to use a tube it’s expired.

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#12 posted 09-24-2019 04:12 AM

Thank you…

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#13 posted 09-24-2019 12:00 PM



Half the time when I go to use a tube it s expired.

- corelz125

Guess I better start paying attention to the “use by date”. :)

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#14 posted 09-24-2019 01:42 PM

Guess I better start paying attention to the “use by date”.

Being well past mine, I try to avoid looking at them…….. 8^)

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#15 posted 09-24-2019 04:15 PM

Well if you’ll notice, the date was 2015 on one of my tubes. No wonder. That tube had 4 birthdays before I tried to use it again. I know I have used the white calk when it was that old, though.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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