Archive for February, 2014

Organize Your Electronic Cables

February 25th, 2014
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[Photo Courtesy: Pad Gadget]

We recently came across this great idea for keeping your electronic cables organized. These days, most people have a handful of cables that they need at arm’s length at all times. However, these cables can often slip off the top of your desk and end up on the floor. Luckily, keeping these cables handy is fairly easy using a piece of metal, some Neodymium magnets, and The Original Super Glue.

Neodymium magnets can be taken from old electronics or purchased relatively cheaply online. These special magnets are much stronger than ceramic magnets and need to be handled carefully. If you have a pacemaker or use other electronic medical devices, you may need to avoid magnets.

To keep your cables organized, the first thing you will need to do is affix the Neodymium magnets to the cables. Using a drop of Super Glue, attach one magnet to the head of each cable (the end you need to have on hand). Hold the magnet against the cable for a few seconds to allow the glue to set.

Next, take a small metal sheet and attach it to the top of your desk. You can use double-sided tape, such as Front Porch Treasures Foam Mounting Tape, to make the job quick and easy. Then, just place your newly magnetic cables on the metal sheet to keep them handy at all times.

 

Shattered Porcelain is No Match for The Original Super Glue

February 20th, 2014
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[Photo Credit: Tony D.]

A broken toilet tank lid can be difficult to replace, especially if you have an older model fixture. So what do you do if you drop the lid, say on your tile floor? Just reach for The Original Super Glue, of course. Continuing its reputation as one of the most versatile adhesives on the market, Super Glue was able to put the pieces back together (and keep them there) after this unfortunate bathroom mishap.

From Tony D. in West Covina:

While doing some plumbing work we accidentally dropped the toilet tank lid. Lucky for us, it only broke in three pieces. Before we were going to make a run to Home Depot, we reached for the Super Glue. It set so fast, we didn’t even have to use a clamp. The cracks are still there, but the lid is solid.

With the quick set and firm hold, a broken piece of porcelain is an easy fix for Super Glue. To fix the appearance of visible cracks, we suggest using our White Porcelain Repair. Just sand off the excess glue along the cracks and apply the White Porcelain Repair evenly. It dries white, meaning you shouldn’t even be able to see the cracks when you’re done.

Super Glue for Gardening: Tree Grafting Made Easy

February 13th, 2014
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[Photo Credit: www.walterreeves.com]

We recently came across this DIY gardening article about grafting a Bartlett pear onto a Keiffer pear tree, and it turns out they had great success using Super Glue to do so. And while we aren’t gardening experts by any stretch, the results shown above seem to speak for themselves. Judging by the picture and the information in the article, it seems like the grafted portioned of the pear tree was able to thrive following this simple procedure.

According to the article, the gardener started by cutting the branches at complementary angles so that they could be joined together. Then, he placed a dab of Super Glue on the surface to be joined together (not so much that it would spill out the sides when pushed together, he adds). We would suggest using our Leather & Wood Super Glue, as it creates the best wood bond. According to the article, the glue held well enough that it didn’t slip or move as he wrapped the area in paper medical tape and painted over it with tree wound dressing.

It’s good to know that Super Glue can be used to hold a tree graft together and still allow the plant to thrive. If any of you gardeners out there have used Super Glue in your gardens, we’d love to hear from you. Good luck with your growing adventures!

Making More Memories with Extra Thick Foam Mounting Squares

February 6th, 2014
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 [Photo Credit: Frank Garcia]

Our friend Frank Garcia over at Prima Marketing Inc. recently held another scrapbooking workshop using our Extra Thick Foam Mounting Squares. Many people turned out to learn Frank’s tried and true scrapbooking techniques, which regularly include the use of our Foam Mounting Squares. Check out the amazing depth achieved using these adhesive squares in one of the pictures above.

Frank has been using our product for so long that many of the people who take his class know him as “Foam Square Frank.” We were extremely proud to be a sponsor at Frank’s Prima ArtVenture event and would like to encourage anyone interested in scrapbooking to check him out at http://www.primamarketinginc.com/.  His next event is being held in Canada on April 11th.

If you have any pictures of your own art projects using our Foam Mounting Squares, or any other Super Glue product, we’d love to hear from you. Please tell us your story any time!

2014 Odyssey of the Mind Problem #4 “The Stackable Structure” Uses Balsa Wood & Glue

February 4th, 2014
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Each year creative students, from elementary school through college, participate in Odyssey of the Mind programs around the world.  Aspiring engineering students often choose the Balsa Wood and Glue structure building, weight bearing problem.  This year, as in year’s past, the Balsa Wood & Glue problem is being sponsored by Nasa.  Here’s the problem synopsis:

Problem 4:  The Stackable Structure

Teams will design and build a structure made up of separate components stacked on top of one another.  The structure components will be made of only balsa wood and glue, and will be tested by balancing and supporting weights after they are stacked.  Teams will be scored for the number of components they use in their final structure.  Before they are stacked, the separate components will be integrated into an artistic representation of the Earth.  The team will include the stacking of the components, placement of the weights, and Earth into the theme of its performance.

You can see from the specific instructions that there are many problem-solving challenges involved with this particular structure building project.  One of the important decisions all teams will make is what glue they use to build their structure.  We recommend our ZAP CA glues (preferably medium viscosity although this is something teams should test on their own prior to building their competition-grade structure).  Here is an excellent video showing the best way to cut the balsa wood and apply the cyanoacrylate (CA) to the joints.  Note:  We love the tip of using the packing tape as a surface on which to apply the glue as the balsa wood and super glue can be lifted off of the packing tape with little or no sticking!  We also recommend using Zip Kicker as the accelerator for the ZAP CAs.

[Video Credit:  NC Science Olympiad:  How to Glue Balsa]

We encourage Odyssey of the Mind teams working on this challenge to share your stories with us as you progress through the local, state, national and international competitions.  Good luck to all!!  We support your willingness to take on these creative, problem-solving challenges in an effort to expand your thinking skills!!