Caulk Guns

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What are Caulk Guns?

Caulk guns are tools that make it easier for individuals to apply caulk, a kind of sealant, successfully. Caulk is a material that is used to seal and attach things, such as sealing a crack or opening between a sink and vanity or a window frame and jamb. Using a caulk and a caulk gun, virtually any space can be sealed. Although caulk can be used on its own, a caulk gun greatly facilitates the process. We'll demonstrate how to use a caulk gun in this article. There are several different kinds of caulking guns, including smooth rods, electric, ratcheting, pneumatic, and more. Each variety has distinct benefits, drawbacks, and pros. 

How To Use Caulk Guns?

  • Cut a 45-degree angle in the tip of a tube of caulk with a knife or use the hole next to the gun’s trigger.
  • Press the release at the rear of the gun with your thumb, releasing the plunger at the back of the gun. Pull the plunger all the way back.
  • Load the tube of caulk into the gun and push the plunger forward until it locks into place.
  • Hold the gun at a 45-degree angle to the crack you’re filling. Squeeze the trigger and slowly move the gun to apply the caulk in a smooth line.
  • Run your finger over the line of caulk to fill in the gaps and smooth it out. You can also use a wet sponge or a caulk tool for this step.
  • Remove any excess caulk with a damp cloth or paper towel. Peel off any painter’s tape you use to protect the surrounding surface.
What are the Parts of a Caulk Gun?

  • Frame/Canister Tray - This is the long piece that protrudes from the handle to hold the tube of caulk.
  • Rod - The rod on your gun is the long metal bar that runs the length of the canister tray.
  • Plunger - This is the flange at the end of the rod that pushes the bottom of the tube up to dispense the caulk.
  • Trigger - The trigger is the part of the handle which you squeeze to force the rod down the canister tray.
  • Puncture Tool (optional) - This is a sharp metal piece that can be used to cut open the tip of the caulk tube or pierce the seal inside it.
  • Hook - This is a metal loop that can be used to hang the caulk gun when not in use.
  • Tip Cutter (optional) - This is a blade that can be used to cut off the tip of the caulk tube at a desired angle. Not all caulk guns have this feature.