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If you are doing a small job, you might need a great sealant applicator tool or a mini caulking gun. Do not be deceived as these might not be as enormous as the more traditional caulking guns, but they are for heavy industrial use, too. In another blog, we mentioned that the higher the thrust ratio, the better the tool. While you can use a lower thrust caulking gun, it may not work well with sealants of higher viscosity. Either it would not come out of the canister at all or you have to make several trigger presses just to make it flow.
Let us now look at the various types of caulking guns.
Mini Caulking Gun and Other Types of Caulking Gun
Most rod caulk guns have a moderate thrust ratio at 13:1, which can be used for general-purpose caulking. It is also easy to use because it is not as long as regular caulking guns. It is probably the closest you can get to a mini caulking gun. They can be used for caulk cartridges from 10 to 10.3 oz.
this is simply a larger version of the 10-oz caulk gun and has pretty much the same features. The only difference is that it can handle a lot more caulk because its frame can fit a 29 oz canister. Usually, they come with a rotatable barrel, a ladder hook, a seal puncture wire and a nozzle cutter. This type of gun is seldom use when doing DIY work as it is more suited for big construction work.
if you do not like wasting your caulk, one option is to use a sausage gun. This is so-called because instead of the tip of the caulk cartridge protruding, as is the case with many mini caulking guns or heavy-duty guns, the caulk is dispensed through a hole shaped like that of a sausage maker. There is also no need to reshape the nozzle after each reload because they are separate from the product packaging.
in case you want something powered by batteries, then you can also go for cordless caulking guns. The only disadvantage is that you can run out of batteries and it would not work manually. So, in cases like these, it is better to keep a mini caulking gun handy.
This is perhaps the most beneficial on this list. What it does is combine the features of all the above into one. The advantage of a mini caulking gun is that it is lightweight and compact. While all those mentioned above are rather bulky, they all serve their purposes, too. What makes the mini caulking gun special is that it can be very portable. For example, a friend asks you to do work at his house, you can easily bring out this tool and put it in any toolbox you have, without the need to think of space! Siliguns has its patented caulking gun which is pretty interesting to check out.
Now that you know the types of caulking guns you will be working with, let us give you tips that could surely save your life when working with caulking guns.
We taught you how a mini caulking gun compares and contrast with other types of caulking guns and we have also established that the former can be more superior when working at odd angles or when equipment portability is a concern. A mini caulking gun is also useful because it is not so heavy and thus, allows more work to be done. More traditional guns are heavier, making the muscles work harder.
Finally, we also provided you some tips that you can use to maximize time and effort when doing caulking work. Remember to use a drip-free gun, move fast and consistently and do not forget the soap and water mixture that will definitely change your experience when caulking.