The Spout Popper
We were just tipped off about this interesting little gizmo. It's called the Spout Popper and it helps with prepping a caulking tube for use. It looks like it has the same general design as a cigar cutter, except that the Spout Popper has three sizes of cuts to choose from. In addition, the way the Spout Popper fits over the caulking tube, it automatically aligns itself to make a 45 degree cut. The tool also has a seal puncture that works just like the one that's already on your caulking gun.
We've never been a fan of the cutters that are built-in to some caulking guns; it's tough to cut at an angle and there is only so far that you can get the nozzle in to make the cut. We tend to use our utility knife and although we fare much better than the girl in the Spout Popper movie, our cuts are inconsistent from tube to tube and at times can be a bit ragged. It looks like the Spout Popper solves those issues by making the same cut every single time. The design also protects the blade when not in use so we imagine that the Spout Popper has a fairly substantial lifetime. Having the three distinct sizes really standardizes your caulking beads and knowing that you have the same size hole each time allows you to get right to the caulking, as opposed to readjusting your stance or your caulking speed in order to continue a similar bead from tube to tube.
The Spout Popper is about $4 and is available at their website as well as at Ace Hardware (it's not on their website yet).
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at August 9, 2007 5:26 AM
This safe, accurate, and inexpensive caulk tube cutter is great for contractors and the DIY'er because it cuts consistently and fast every time. No more fussing around with a utility knife or the cutters in the caulk guns that only have a sharpened piece of steel that gets dull very fast.
Buy this product from www.allwall.tools, a Bostik distributor, or you may find it at your local Ace Hardware store.