Tip Trader: Toothpaste Tool for Caulk

Handyman Club members share their home and workshop hints.

Toothpaste tool for caulk
“I like to use tube spackling to fill nail holes before painting,” says Club member Jay Weisberg of South Portland, Maine. However, he admits this method has drawbacks: The product often oozes back down into the tube (away from the tip) during application, and because the tubes are made of a type of plastic that won’t stay rolled up, Jay had to repeatedly squeeze the spackling back to the tip of the tube for each nail hole — until a toothpaste saver solved his problem. Now Jay simply slips one of these inexpensive devices onto the end of the spackling tube and scoots it toward the tip to keep every last drop of the material accessible and easy to apply.

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