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Plastic chaulk tubes

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 11:08 pm
I noticed that epoxy doesn't really "stick" to plastic. that gave me an idea for recycling all those plastic chaulk tubes I've been throwing away.(I'm painting my house)
Anyway, I cut the neck of the spout to 1/4 inch allowing me to stick a two foot piece of 1/4" metal rod in. I simply pushed the little plastic plunger out the back of the tube.
After a short hot water rinse I had a perfect dispenser for filling with"dookie schmutz" and do my tacking and fillets.
I've cleaned out several of these tubes so as one gets used, I set it aside until the epoxy sets. (I then repeat the clean-out process)
In the mean time I still have a tube or two to use for continuing the work.
I know a ziplock bag is pretty easy too, but I like the precision control of my chaulk gun to apply the "dookie".


Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 11:14 pm
by jem
Great tip!

I've heard of some builders buying the empty tubes to apply the goop.

Re: Plastic chaulk tubes

Posted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:00 am
by fransjoe
I checked out West Marine the other day and they actually sell the tubes for epoxy now, definitely a bit of a mess saver as well as giving you precision when applying either a Tack Weld, or filleting.

Re: Plastic chaulk tubes

Posted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:25 am
by preacher
I ordered and use some of these from US Composites. I found some difficulties in loading the tubes and burping the air out that is trapped between the fillet material and the push thingy (hope thats not too technical). I'm thinking about drilling a small hole in the side of the tube at the top level of the fillet material to let the trapped air escape, more to come on that. I also cut the length of my tubes in half. I clean the tubes up with vinegar and reuse them with no trouble and they do lay down a very neat fillet. But, you need to practice your first works in areas that will be under decks or inside SOT layers.

Be quick to immediately release any pressure (whether hand pushing or using a gun) after laying your fillet because residual pressure "keeps on pushing" when you don't want it. Also have a paper towel in your off hand to catch the drips when that happens.

I built a "loading platform" by drilling a hole in a piece of 2"X4" and standing the caulk tube nozzel first up right in the hole.

Re: Plastic chaulk tubes

Posted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:39 pm
by Oldsparkey
As you fill it tap the nozzle to settle the fillet material inside the tube.

Re: Plastic chaulk tubes

Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:31 pm
by pogue3one
Found this icing syringe on ebay for $2.00

Re: Plastic chaulk tubes

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 6:58 pm
by firestang
this is what ive been using for tacking