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Caulk guns and caulking is a messy job and it is really unavoidable. But there is one thing that we can do to reduce the degree of mess you generate. A Dripless Caulk Gun is one type of caulking gun that reduces the amount of drip. There is no 100% dripless gun at the moment, but there are those that really are bringing us into the future because of the various features. Siliguns aims to make the experience better for professionals and DIYers so it came up with its own patented caulk gun.
So from the name itself, we know that a dripless gun does not drip or significantly reduces any excess sealant from exiting the canister, especially when you are resting. But before we dive into that, let us also look at thrust ratios, something that is very important when dealing with a dripless caulk gun.
Thrust Ratios in Simple Terms
If you are wondering what caulk gun is best for you, one specification you should be looking for is the thrust ratio. Older ratchet-type guns usually have a meager 3:1 ratio, while higher-end and newer dripless caulk guns have at least 13:1. But what do these numbers really mean and what can they do to make your life easier?
Thrust ration is a measurement of the force applied on the canister tube by the piston with each trigger pull. The more efficient the design of a caulking gun, the higher its thrust ratio. A dripless caulk gun typically sits at around 12:1 to 13:1 ratio.
Sealants that are thick or with high viscosity need more force to be pushed out of the canister tube. If the gun has a lower thrust ratio, this means you have to push the trigger multiple times to get the sealant to come up. This is not a very effective use of your time and energy.
Now that you have a better grasp of thrust ratio, let us know to learn more about dripless caulk guns.
What is a Dripless Caulk Gun?
Imagine that is raining and that you are inside the home, trying to relax. As you do so, you notice some water or moisture slowly dripping out of the corner of the walls. Upon closer inspection, there appears to be a break in the seams of your roof so you need to do a quick repair. As it is still raining, there is not much you can do, but as soon as the rain lets up, then you can start work and do caulking as needed.
A dripless caulk gun is what you will use to apply a sealant to cracks and seams that you see when you do a closer inspection of the roof. The caulk gun is the first tool you need to execute your plan. Then you also need to select the proper caulk to use. Silicone or polysulfide sealants are best used for those that are in direct contact with water most of the time. Caulks like this usually last about 10 to 20 years, if done right. This is why using a dripless caulk gun is important.
Advantages of a Dripless Caulk Gun
Summary and Last-Minute Reminders
We discussed what thrust ratios mean and how it helps a DIY enthusiast select the best caulk gun that needs to be used for a certain project. We also went over four various reasons why dripless caulk guns are the stuff of the future.
There are just a few more reminders for you: