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I recently picked up several tubes of latex grout/caulk in a matching color to fill a gap between a tile counter and its backsplash.
The grout comes in big toothpaste-type tubes and once warmed up a bit, it flows pretty well — at least for the first two-thirds of the tube.
At that point, the tube becomes so small it's too hard to compress in order to squeeze out the remaining grout.
I solved that problem with a couple of spring clamps.
As shown in the accompanying illustration, I used one to clamp off the bottom of the rolled-up tube and the other to compress the remaining wad of grout.
I also found that by varying the pressure I applied with the clamps, I could regulate the flow of the grout right down to that last little bit.
— Charles Miller Newtown, Conn.
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