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How to Get More Caulking from a Caulking Tube

By: Joe Truini

It can be frustrating to run out of caulking when you’re almost through with the job. What you may not realize is that there’s usually a little more caulking left in the tube that the plunger on the caulking gun can’t quite push out.

cut a 2 long dowel or block of wood that will slide inside the tube

To squeeze out that last little bit, cut a 2” long dowel or block of wood that will slide inside the tube.

Take the caulking tube out of the gun and insert the dowel in the tube.

Take the caulking tube out of the gun and insert the dowel in the tube.

Put the tube back on the caulking gun and snug the plunger up against the dowel.

Put the tube back on the caulking gun and snug the plunger up against the dowel.

The wood acts to extend the plunger, forcing out just enough caulking to finish the job.

The wood acts to extend the plunger, forcing out just enough caulking to finish the job.

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  • Official Comment:


    Joe T. Says:
    January 26th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Connie, I forgot to mention that when you go to http://www.twistnseal.com, click on the “How To Purchase” tab, and on the “Product Info” tab. Both tell where Twist n Seal is sold.–Joe T.


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    joe t. Says:
    January 26th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Connie, Go to http://www.twistnseal.com and you’ll find information on where to purchase Twist n Seal caulk savers.
    Good luck and thanks for writing.–Joe T.



  • Connie Mitchell Says:
    January 26th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I tried to find the TwistSeals at home depot, where do you get these? My husband would love them.



  • Willie Smith Says:
    August 20th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I have used both the Caulk Saver and the Twist-n-Seal Caulk saver Plug and I must say that the Twist-n-Seal is a better overall product. It’s about half the cost and can be used for saving other stuff to. I does work great for saving foam sealant cans as advertised.



  • Teresa Williams Says:
    April 15th, 2009 at 9:45 am

    I used this other plug called the Twist n seal.
    You get five in a pack and they are made in the USA not China.



  • Richard Iverson Says:
    March 6th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Caulk Savers, LLC (www.caulksaver.com)
    I want to thank Diane for her interest and inquiry and baracuda68 for the recovery/answer to Diane’s Question. We would like to send you some free Caulk Savers for your heads up participation. Please email me at rick@caulksaver.com with your information and we will send you the Caulk Savers plus our new “Caulk Saver Tool and Tube Storage” unit. In your emails please remind us that you had comments about us on Danny’s Website.
    Thank You,
    Rick Iverson
    President,Owner, Inventor, Maufacturer and Distributor
    Caulk Savers, LLC, http://www.caulksaver.com
    **Great information Danny,Thanks for the website Home-Improvement



  • baracuda68 Says:
    December 12th, 2008 at 8:06 am

    http://www.caulksaver.com/ -google is your friend…



  • Diane Maida Says:
    November 26th, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    A couple of years ago there was a product called Caulk savers. They were long orange plastic screw in plungers to keep caulk from drying out. I cant find them anymore. Have you heard of them or know where to get them? Any other ideas other than screws? Thanks, Diane


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