March 5, 2007

Newborn 112D Caulking Gun with the Caulk Buddy - Review

newborn_caulkgun.jpgNewborn makes great caulking guns. They’re easy to use, relatively dripless, and have the right puncture and cutting tools needed to successfully open a tube of caulking. That said, it’s what comes with the Newborn 112D Caulking Gun that’s so fascinating to us. It’s a little plastic gizmo called the Caulk Buddy and it’s something of a revelation as far as applying caulk goes.

The Caulk Buddy is one of those products that you look at and immediately think, “What a dumb idea.” It’s this little thingy that you run over your caulking bead or the purpose of cleaning up the excess caulk and smoothing things out. We never had any real problems in the past using our fingers or a damp rag, so what’s the big deal? Well, we tried the Caulk Buddy and what we found surprised us.

The first thing we realized after using the Caulk Buddy, is just how much caulk we had wasted over the years. We ran the Buddy over our work and it skimmed off about 2/3rds of what we had just applied. On our second attempt, we only put down a very small amount and saw that it was plenty for the Caulk Buddy to do its work and create an attractive bead.

We also found the Caulk Buddy to be a fairly clean tool. Caulking is messy work, and you’re bound to get it on your hands and just about everything else, but this little tool reduced the problem to a manageable proportion. Nothing that a quick clean-up couldn’t handle.

In addition, the Caulk Buddy comes with a few caulking tube caps that can be easily stored inside its hollow body.

Since you can always use another caulking gun, and since Newborn makes such good ones, we recommend getting a 112D and trying out the Caulk Buddy for yourself.

The Newborn site has a video of the Caulk Buddy in action.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at March 5, 2007 5:32 AM

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