An old house loves caulk. Any house with cracks would for that matter. Now, I’m okay at painting and sort of okay at wallpapering, and I’m learning which products work best and helpful crap like that. But for the life of me I couldn’t figure out why the caulking gun wouldn’t work yesterday. After I tried to read the pinhole size print on the back of the tube of caulk, I jumped on the Internet and the first Google search led me to Wilway Lumber’s how-to site and the answer to my question. Why couldn’t the manufacturer tell me this on the product to begin with?
After you get the cartridge of caulk in the gun,
“With a 16d or 20d nail, puncture the seal between the nozzle and the cartridge. You’ll have to poke the nail down the cartridge to do this – after, of course, you cut the angle on the nozzle. If you do not break this seal, the pressure generated by the caulking gun on the cartridge can crush the cartridge. It’s a mess.”Worked like a charm.
I’m beginning to figure out things for myself and with the help of the Internet, I am starting to feel pretty darned smart. Smarter than my neighbor who rapped on my door last night anyway. “I’m locked out,” he said. “Can I borrow a screwdriver and pliers?” “Sure,” I said. “And how about a flashlight?” His look said “D’oh.”