To store tubes of caulking in your shop so they won’t fall over, make these simple DIY storage tubes from pieces of PVC pipe. Here’s how to do it:

  • Cut pieces of 2” inside diameter PVC pipe 8” long.
  • Drill two sets of holes straight through the pipe to fit a flathead screw.
  • Screw the pieces of pipe horizontally to the side of a shelf in your shop.
  • Slide a tube of caulk in each holder.

Watch the video above to find out more.


Joe Truini: I like using PVC pipe to solve storage problems around the workshop because it’s durable, it’s really inexpensive, and it comes in a wide variety of sizes. Today I’m using it to solve a problem of how to neatly store tubes of caulk. If you just set it on a shelf flat, they tend to roll around. And of course, if you stand them up they easily fall over and roll around the floor and you wind up chasing it.

So, what I did is I took some two-inch PVC pipe, and I cut it eight inches long, then I drilled a couple of half inch diameter holes in it so I can mount it to the side of the shelving unit. I’m just using one-inch screws. I’m just putting them right on the side of the unit. And now, there’s a really nice, easy way to store your tubes of caulk. Just slide them right in. Note, now this is two-inch diameter PVC. It’s a perfect diameter to set in the tubes of caulk.

And now, when you need a tube of caulk you just pull it out. When you’re all done slide it right back into place.

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Joe Truini

Radio Show Co-Host

Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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