The Bottom Line
- Fulfills a need you didn't know you had.
- Does what it claims to do - saves your caulk.
- Simple to use.
- Cross-shaped end can be difficult to turn.
- 5 bright-orange plugs made just for plugging up caulking nozzles.
- Threaded ends allow you to screw in the Twist-n-Seal, instead of jamming it straight in/out.
- Saves you the considerable expense (and time) of buying new caulk.
- Also works for foam sealant and squeeze tubes.
Guide Review - Twist-n-Seal(R) Caulking Gun Accessory
How many times have you eagerly picked up the caulking gun, ready to tackle that bathtub project--only to find that you cannot remove the dried-out plug of caulk in the nozzle?
Sure, the ubiquitous DAP Alex Painter's Latex, found in every Home Depot in the world, is relatively inexpensive. But good-quality 100% kitchen/bath pure silicone isn't something you want to see go to waste.
Worse, the entire tube of caulk has petrified, entailing a trip to the hardware store for more caulk.
Rapid Pro, a manufacturer of numerous helpful gadgets, has solved the problem with a cool little gadget called Twist-n-Seal. Twist-n-Seal is remarkably simple--an orange plastic plug for your caulk nozzle.
At first glance, it looks like something you could just jeri-rig from workbench scraps.
Well, just try. Believe me, over the years I have tried plugging caulk nozzles with:
- Nails (Forget it - nails don't sufficiently plug the nozzle).
- Wood scraps from my table/miter saws (Nope - caulk adheres quite well to wood).
- Nailsets (I cannot believe I subjected my beloved nailset to this torture).
- Twisted-up pieces of cardboard (No comment - you can probably see the failure of this method).
- Nothing - (Forget this - you cannot just "squeeze it back out." This isn't Kraft Easy Cheese, you know).
Buy it, toss it in your toolbox, and be done with it.
The only "con" is a small one: the cross-shaped handle is a bit hard to turn out. It seems like a wing-nut shape would allow you to get better leverage. But you can always introduce pliers, if you find it too difficult to turn.