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Old 03-01-2019, 04:20 AM   #1
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Caulk Gun

Iím planning on getting a better cauk gun for use on my RV. Iím not so much interested on what name-brand gun to get but rather what thrust ratio would be best .. 12:1 .. 18:1 .. some other number. Since I have never worked with the type of sealants used on RVís I would be interested in any recommendations.

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Old 03-01-2019, 04:46 AM   #2
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The standard sealants are thin as compared to say roofing and asphalt sealant that you almost need to heat in cold weather. Not much different in weight then say standard window or bathtub sealant.

Don't go too crazy with a high ratio gun unless you have hand problems with limited squeeze strength. The harder you push the fast the stuff comes out and "the bigger the glob the better the job" technique isn't always best. I think mine is a 12:1 and takes a very light touch to get the flow volume needed to match my movement speed.
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Old 03-01-2019, 05:39 AM   #3
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I have a cordless caulk gun from ryobi love it , takes s bit to get used to it , but works well for me , I used a lot for some home Reno and my bus as well , when I was working I had a air powered one
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I also have a 18 volt Ryobi battery caulk gun.
Works great, saves a lot of pain with the arthritic hands.


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What ^they^ said / the ryobi works great.
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:08 PM   #6
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As a contractor my whole life and having tried every option I always ended up with the old school ratcheting style guns with the chrome Newborns being my go to. I believe they are 10:1 and do require a bit of pressure, but seem to give the best results with the least dripping.

https://www.amazon.com/Newborn-930-G...guyus-20&psc=1
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Electric caulk guns??? what has this world come too....
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When caulking an area that shows, I mask the outer edge of the caulk line prior to caulking with masking tape. Then remove the tape after caulking. This method gives a straight edge and a very professional look.
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Also being in construction most of my life, and doing tons of trim work and finish work, I've used these for close to 20 years:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Dripless...5788/204141750

The one I've got now is probably about 10 years old and still works like a champ!

They are under $10 bucks, and take up very little room. Dripless, meaning once you quit squeezing the trigger they stop flowing the caulk.

At the price, even if they only last a couple of years, which they will last a heck of a lot longer, how can a person go wrong?
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i picked up a Dewalt 20v cordless that takes 10oz tubes. We'll see how in goes next week sometime. Hands are bad so time for buying into cordless tool system, I picked Dewalt's.
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I also have a 18 volt Ryobi battery caulk gun.
Works great, saves a lot of pain with the arthritic hands.


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right on Jim.. I'm right there with you.
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