Mrs. Fixit: Dried up glue and caulk no more!

August 30, 2010 3:22:11 AM PDT
We've all been there, you go to work on a project and the glue is all dried up in the cap, or the caulk has hardened in the tube. Don't worry, I have some ideas to help.

If a roll of masking or painter's tape has dried up and you can't get it off the roll, stick the whole roll in the microwave for about ten seconds.

The heat will reactive the adhesive so you can use the tape again.

Glue all clogged and gummy? Remove the nozzle from the bottle and soak it in some room temperature water for a few minutes.

Then use some toothpicks or craft sticks to clean out the nozzle and return it to the bottle - all clear!

If you think your caulk has hardened in the tube you may still be able to get some out. Use some wire cutters to snip a wire coat hanger apart and then use the hanger to try to peirce through the caulk.

The next time you need to put a partially used caulk tube away put some clay or fun tack over the end of the nozzle. It will conform to the tip and seal out the air.

If the nozzle to a can of spray paint has dried up, remove the spray tip and soak it in some nail polish remover for a few minutes. Then rinse it well and try again, the tip should be in great shape!

Easy ways to fix some dried up situations, I'm Mrs. Fixit and it's just that simple!


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