By Julie Jezowski
Are you the kind of person who just can’t get enough of a good thing? Looking for a better way to squeeze out that last little bit of G/flex 655 Thickened Epoxy Adhesive from your tube rather than resorting to pliers, a vise, or maybe even Grandma’s rolling pin? Maybe you’d like to get a fatter bead of adhesive or your tube is a bit clogged. Boy, do we have some easy and inexpensive tricks for you!
“I love your G/flex adhesive! Do you have any nifty tips on squeezing the last little bit of adhesive out of the tube with ease?”
Useful and Inexpensive Trick:
Not long ago this very subject was the topic of discussion that came up between J.R. Watson and me. Squeezing in a bit of shopping on my lunch, it just so happened that I found myself face-to-face with a display of toothpaste squeezers. On my way back to work I felt as though I had just solved all the world’s problems. Perfect! Or so I thought. Although the concept was good, the little toothpaste squeezer just didn’t stand a chance next to the rigid metal G/flex tube. However, it did give the innovative J.R. Watson an idea. Using very little time and effort, we whipped up this very cool gadget making it a snap to squeeze out the last drop of adhesive.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1/2″ diameter PVC pipe
1 PVC cap to fit the 1/2″ pipe
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
You will obviously need to make two, one for the resin tube and one for the harder. But for simplicity’s sake, we’ll just show one tube being created.
Cut the 1/2″ diameter pipe to approximately 7″ long. The additional length creates an easily gripped handle. So, for you extra- large-handed men, petite-handed women, or vice/versa, cut to length accordingly.
- Cut a 4″ long slot through the center of the tube.
- Insert the crimped end of the tube through both horizontal cuts.
- For added ‘G/flex’ appeal add a PVC cap.
- Take hold of the handle and you are now ready to roll.
“I’d like a bit more of the adhesive to squeeze out of my G/flex tube, got any tips? By the way, your stuff rocks!”
Useful and Inexpensive Tip:
Simply poke the sharpened end of a pencil into the open tip, applying enough pressure to increase the diameter of the hole. It’s cheap, easy, and works like a charm. The amount of adhesive that comes out of the tube afterward can double in volume, depending on how far the pencil is inserted.
…and Mom said that cheap and easy was a bad thing!