Cool Tools & Materials: The Soaper

You’ve seen people soaping the sides of control joints before. This technique has long been an industry trick to make shaving joints easier. The tool by Hi-Tech Systems/Progressive Fastening Systems, The Soaper, makes this even easier.

Polyurea joint fillers are designed to adhere to the side walls of the joints. To properly fill joints, the joints need to be slightly overfilled and the filler scraped flush with the surface once it has cured. The problem is that fillers adhere to the surface as well as to the joint walls, making them hard to shave.

Rubbing soap on the floor and on both sides of the joints has long been known as a trick to make the joint easier to scrape. But, this was laborious and painful to do when bent over on hands and knees.

The Soaper holds two bars of basic, inexpensive soap, and the bars of soap can be quickly adjusted for different-sized joints. The soap bars are easily removed and replaced.

The Hi-Tech Soaper features a foam grip for stability and a bracket that allows two bars of soap to be clamped in and spaced to match the width of the joint. Waxy bar soap such as Ivory works best.

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