When starting a home improvement project, you should never fail to consider the tools or gadgets you might need to complete the tasks. It is always wise that you have a list of the important tools and make sure that you know how to use each one. For example, if you are planning on a project that involves the use of sealant, then you should be able to know how to use a caulking gun. This particular tool is important if you wish to fill gaps in floors, wood, tiles and more. If you are not familiar with this tool, it is probably the right time to learn how to use one.
Before filling the gap with sealant, you should first clean the area to ensure that the sealant is applied correctly. This means there should be no dirt, old paint and left over sealant. If you fail to do this, you might not be able to apply the sealant properly and you will not be able to protect your floor from water leaks. Another reason why you should do this is to avoid wasting your time and money since it is very likely that you will repeat these tasks.
After making sure that the area to be sealed is clean and completely dry, you can now start sealing gaps with the caulking gun. First, take the tube you have bought and load it in the caulking gun. You should make sure that the tube is secured and has snapped into place. Now, cut the end of the tube with a knife. To ensure your safety, you should cut away from your body.
As soon as you have done this, you can now seal the target area. You should hold the caulking gun at the right angle and make sure that the opening is very close to the gaps to be filled and sealed. You will be able to avoid creating a mess and at the same time completely fill the gaps. Just let the caulk settle itself on the gap and never push it in. Pull out when you feel that the gap has been successfully filled and proceed to the other gaps.
You can use your fingers to press the caulk in and make sure that the gap has been completely sealed. As for the extra caulk, you can use a damp cloth to wipe them off. Check the entire area for additional filling or caulking. If you neglected some parts, then you should try to fill them.
Learning to use a caulking gun is important if you want to do home improvements yourself. It actually involves a lot of patience and concentration. But if you do it properly on the first try then you will be quite pleased with yourself. In addition, you will now have well-protected floors. If you are still unsure, you can always do a little more research over the internet or ask your local hardware stores for additional tips on the use of a caulking gun.