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5 Strength Defying Uses for Super Glue

October 28th, 2016
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While super glue can be a great tool to use around the house for those DIY projects, most people don’t know just how strong this adhesive really is. In fact, time and time again, super glue has been proven to be one of the strongest available bonding agents on the market.

Here’s a look at five ways super glue has been used that proves just how strong a bonding agent it truly is.

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 1. The Hanging Car

A radio station had heard about super glues and decided to put them to the test at a local junk yard. Among the super glues tested were many of the National Brands on the market today. The test was to hold a hanging car from a crane. Eastman 910 (commonly known today as super glue) bonded steel which lifted up to 3000 pounds after just 10 seconds. Today’s record for weight held up by super glue is 5000 pounds.

 2. Mountain Free-Climbing

Recently, two Americans completed what has long been considered the world’s most difficult rock climb, using only their hands and feet to conquer a 900m vertical wall on El Capitan, the forbidding granite face in Yosemite National Park that has beckoned adventurers for decades.

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson became the first to free-climb the Dawn Wall, a feat that many had considered impossible. They used ropes and safety harnesses to catch them in case of a fall, but relied on their own strength and dexterity to ascend by grasping cracks as thin as razor blades and as small as coins, which is extremely tough on the fingertips.

When the fingertip callus splits, climbers have devised various remedies that allow them to keep going. Athletic tape (applied in an X-pattern to allow full mobility of the finger joint) can provide enough protection for an injury. More advanced than the X-pattern is the Miami Thong, also known as the British Flag, in which separate strips of tape are applied in layers, first longitudinally, then in a crisscross design.

A common problem with tape is its tendency to slip off the finger. Instead of wrapping the finger more tightly and risking it going numb, climbers often use a strong adhesive such as super glue, applying it directly to the skin before wrapping the digit in tape.

 3. Battlefield Wounds

The use of super glue in medicine was considered early on. Eastman Kodak and Ethicon began studying whether the glue could be used to hold human tissue together for surgery. In 1966, super glue found a use in Vietnam, tested on-site by a specially trained surgical team, with impressive results.

The compound demonstrated an excellent capacity to stop bleeding; so, during the Vietnam War, Dr. Coover developed disposal super glue sprays for use in the battlefield. This spray was used as a way to stop bleeding from an open wound, so that wounded soldiers were able to be transported back to the base hospital.

Super glues are still used in surgeries today to close up wounds and surgical incisions, and can be used as a barrier against common bacterial microbes including certain staphylococci, pseudomonads, and Escherichia coli. Super glues also find use in medicine for orthopedic surgery, dental and oral medicine, veterinary medicine, and for home use as Band Aid brand Liquid Bandage.

 4. Fixing Coral Reefs

Super glue has even proven to be strong underwater, as it can be used to fix coral reefs. While this is a popular trend among people who own aquariums, just imagine the potential that super glue has for fixing damage to coral reefs in the ocean.

To attach coral frags in your aquarium:

  1. Gather your materials—Super Glue adhesive, AquaMend putty, paper towels, and your coral frag.
  2. Find the right location—take into account the flow and lighting the area provides, match that with the requirements of the coral frag.
  3. Trim the frag plug—frags are sold on live rock pieces or on their own. You will need to trim to match the type of aquascape you are looking for.
  4. Mix up a small ball of AquaMend putty—make just enough to fill any holes or areas that are on the live rock you are attaching to.
  5. Apply the adhesive gel to the frag or plug—dab dry the coral with a paper towel. Use the correct amount to make a secure bond for the next step, but try not to add too much that it will ooze onto the coral itself.
  6. Apply the putty ball to the adhesive on the frag—you don’t need to push very hard, just secure it to the glue.
  7. Apply another layer of adhesive to the top of the putty—super glue gel will cure to a wet surface.

Weekend Project Repairs | Fix-All Adhesive

July 4th, 2016
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Small Shed On Backyard

This past weekend, I decided to take a good hard look at my backyard. I had recently opened my pool, and my garden was in full swing, but some of the other aspects of my yard were decrepit and disheveled. This weekend it would all change, I thought. My weekend project: repairs!

I bought some Fix-All Adhesive and got to work on fixing my plastic posts and pool ladder, my shed lock, my vinyl siding, and my mounted hose reel. By the end of the weekend, my back yard would be ready for a 4th of July barbeque with the neighbors, family and friends.

 

Weekend Project Repairs | The Plastic Posts and Pool Ladder

Fix-All Adhesive works on a variety of materials, so when I decided to fix up my backyard I started using it to fix my plastic deck posts. It filled all the cracks and holes in my plastic posts as well as sealed them back together on top where some of the posts were beginning to fall off.

When you start to use your Fix-All Adhesive, press the plastic cap into the tube to break the seal and make sure to apply the Fix-All to both surfaces you are gluing to ensure that it is sealed in the correct place.

Additionally, Fix-All is water resistant, so I used it to fix parts of my pool ladder that were cracked at the top. I can rest easy knowing full well that while parts of the ladder will be sprayed by water, Fix-All Adhesive will stay in place.

 

Weekend Project Repairs | Shed Lock | Metal on Wood

Next on my weekend project repairs list: my shed lock, which has been broken for some time. Fix-All Adhesive works on brick, canvas, ceramic, china, concrete, fabric, glass, leather, metal, plastics, both porous and non-porous materials, rubber, vinyl and wood. My lock is metal and I was affixing it to my wooden shed doors, so Fix-All Adhesive had me covered.
I applied a small amount to both the back of the metal lock and the part of the shed door where I wanted the lock to be affixed and set it to dry. My lock was back in action thanks to Fix-All Adhesive.

 

Weekend Project Repairs | Vinyl Siding

Fix-All Adhesive is a multipurpose and versatile adhesive, so I used it to seal some of the cracks between the vinyl siding on my house. Again, because Fix-All is water resistant, you don’t have to worry about a little rain causing the sealant to deteriorate. By applying a small amount of Fix-All Adhesive to each part of the panel that I wanted to adhere together, I was able to repair the vinyl siding of my home.

 

Weekend Project Repairs | Metal Hose Reel

This adhesive works on so many different materials, including metal. I used Fix-All to repair my metal hose reel. A piece that wound the hose around had broken off, so I applied Fix-All to both the piece that had broken off and the ends of the hose reel where I wanted to seal it.

Because Fix-All also works on brick, it could also be used to give extra security and a tighter seal to the hose reel fixture on the back of my home.

 

Weekend Project Repairs | Fix-All Adhesive

At the end of the weekend, my backyard looked fresh and ready for company.

Whether it’s fixing up your backyard, repairing an old swing set, or building a creative project, Fix-All is full of surprises.

Money-Saving Repairs | Bondini Everything Gel to the Rescue

July 4th, 2016
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Cobbler’s Glue – Relatively Expensive Repair

Cobbler’s Glue – Relatively Expensive Repair

 

Let’s face it – very few things last forever. Things break. It’s as simple as that. That’s where a good money-saving adhesive comes into play. I’ve faced countless, potentially expensive fixes in my lifetime.

There was a time when the acoustic bridge of my guitar came loose, or the time the sole of my shoe rubbed free. How about the time I tripped on my front steps and chipped the masonry clean off? Whoops!

Money-saving repairs are possible with Bondini Everything Gel. This is one adhesive that can fix all of these problems and more, reliably – and for years, if not a lifetime. Moreover, it works on wood, rubber, some plastic, metal, stone, and tile. It’s a sure-fire money saver.

Money-saving repairs | Adhesive for Wood and Plastic

As mentioned previously, I used Bondini Everything Gel to bond the acoustic bridge of my guitar back into place, which is made of plastic, while my guitar is made of wood.

Bondini Everything Gel worked like a charm as this repair was done many years ago and my guitar is still intact. This could have cost me over $100 if I didn’t have the right adhesive on hand.

Do be careful when using this product, however. If you happen to get the adhesive on any unwanted surface, it will stick and possibly mar the surface.

Money-saving Repairs | Mend Rubber

How many times have you bought a new pair of shoes because you wore through the bottom of your old pair? Another money-saving repair made possible with a little Bondini Everything Gel.

No more spending $20-$200 dollars on new shoes when you can fix your favorite pair. Mend the rubber soles and leave them to sit overnight in a sturdy position.

This should correct and harden any holes in your shoes that were causing discomfort or leakage. With Bondini Everything Gel, you will get much more use out of those shoes before you need to get a new pair.

 

Try the Money-Saving Product on Your Home Repairs

Bondini Everything Gel works on a variety of substances including wood, plastic, mental, stone, tile and rubber. It can be a huge money-saver if you introduce it into your routine repairs.

Declutter Your Home with Adhesive Organizers

July 4th, 2016
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Over time, everyone accumulates a notable number of household items. While there are certain rare-use items that can be stored away in a box or container, there are others that can take up a significant chunk of space but are still used frequently enough that storing them away is less than ideal. One simple way of saving space and decluttering your home is to use Super Glue’s range of Adhesive Household Klips and Utility Organizers.

 

Household Clutter in the US

 

According to the LA Times, the average US household manages to accumulate 300,000 items. This accounts for anything as small as thumb tacks to the likes of king-sized beds. More often than not, it’s the smaller-to-medium sized items that tend to get out of control. For example, do you have enough room for all your spice jars, coffee cups, or winter jackets? What about gardening tools, brooms, or paint brushes?

 

While you can get rid of some items through a good old spring clean, there are others that you may need to hold on to. Enter the simplicity and efficiency of Adhesive Household Klips.

 

Decluttering Your Home

 

There are several steps you can take to declutter your home, including the use of our Household Klips and Utility Organizers. They can be adhered to walls and allow you to hold a range of items; including toothbrushes, paint brushes, brooms/sweepers, electrical cords, clothes hangers, screwdrivers, and more. Our adhesive organizers are built to last and can adhere to most flat surfaces, allowing you to increase the space in your home by having more items secured vertically.

 

Decluttering does involve more than just changing how you store your current items. We often hold onto items we no longer need due to a form of sentimental attachment with them. Perhaps a certain item stirs up good memories or was a gift from someone we love. However, it’s also important to be objective and question if said item offers any practical value. Because no matter how much an old hand bag or backpack may mean to us, if it’s essentially falling apart and can no longer perform the function it was designed for, then it’s time to retire it.

 

Other interesting facts worth keeping in mind include:

 

  • We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time – in other words, most of us have a lot of clothes we don’t even use and could be rid of
  • You can cut housework by 40% by eliminating clutter – the less clutter you have, the less time you’ll spend cleaning your home
  • Research shows that the more clutter people have, the greater their stress levels are

 

The takeaway is that while the process of decluttering your home can take some time in itself, it ultimately saves you time and stress in the long run. Whether you achieve this through improved storage and organization solutions or by slowly getting rid of things you no longer need, a spacious and more organized home is a peaceful home.

 

Find out more about our Electrical and Household Adhesive products here.

Wedding How-to: DIY Centerpieces for Personal Charm

March 25th, 2016
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Wedding decor can take a lot of time, effort, and money to assemble. Creating your own centerpieces can save you precious money, while adding personal charm to your wedding theme. With just a little bit of Future Glue, you can create beautiful centerpieces that will wow all of your guests and make your ceremony unique and memorable.

Use Flowers

Nothing is more romantic than floral centerpieces. Flowers exude an air of freshness while adding a pop of color to a white table cloth. Attach your favorite flowers together with Future Glue to create unique, handcrafted arrangements.

Custom Frames

With Future Glue, it’s easy to showcase your favorite photos by creating custom frames. Frames are simple to make and can incorporate special designs and messages to share cherished memories with your guests.

Party Favors

Little party boxes are attractive accent pieces which offer a fun gift for guests to open while drawing their eyes to the table. Boxes are easy to make with stiff paper and Future Glue: use your wedding colors or a striking hue to add contrast to your theme.

Tissue Flowers

If you are planning a winter wedding, fresh flowers may not be readily available. Fortunately, tissue flowers are easily made year-round. Through simply gathering tissue paper and gluing the ends together, you create the effect of a beautiful bouquet without worrying about freshness. Add bells in the center for Christmas spirit.

With a little creativity, you can make meaningful decorations that will add personal, handcrafted charm to your special day. For more wedding DIY inspiration, consult the crafting experts at Super Glue.

DIY Fur Ottoman: Simple Steps with Super Glue

March 18th, 2016
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Super Glue is a crafty and resourceful way to revamp your home on the cheap. Its versatility lends it to endless possibilities—even transforming your furniture.

Follow these simple steps to make your own custom DIY fur ottoman for a chic update to any room:

1. Purchase a used or plain ottoman.

If you are planning on adding fur, simple is best. Used ottomans are perfect for projects like this: not only are they cheaper, but they also add character to your design for a truly unique piece. If you’re not an antique shopper, a plain ottoman will do just fine.

2. Remove the original fabric.

Strip down the ottoman to its bare bones. Once you’ve reached the cushioning, prepare your Super Glue. If the cushioning is too damaged, it may have to be replaced in order to achieve the look and feel that you desire. Fortunately, foam is very inexpensive and easy to find.

3. Prepare the fur and the glue.

Take precise measurements before cutting the length of your chosen fabric: you’ll want a continuous strip that covers the whole ottoman. Sheepskin rugs are also a great way to achieve the same effect without spending too much time and money.

Apply glue to the frame. Place the fabric over the top and make sure that it is properly secured. Trim the edges to your liking.

4. Let dry and enjoy!

Your ottoman is almost ready! You will want to let it dry for at least three days to ensure that the fabric has properly set. Once the fabric is securely attached, your ottoman is ready to enjoy.

For more DIY home inspiration, consult the crafting experts at Super Glue.

Squeeze, drop, push or brush?: Which Type of Super Glue Should I Choose?

February 5th, 2016
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Every day that passes, things break, items require fixing, and projects get put together. Everyday, adhesives are used to repair, rescue, and work their strong-bonding magic. Due to the fact that not every break or sticky situation is created equal, the large assortment of Super Glue products makes it, perhaps, easier than ever before to tailor-fit an adhesive type product to a specific use or application.

Options like these are pretty awesome, but occasionally with so many choices, comes a possible element of confusion. And oftentimes, this is no exception when dealing with the question: Which type of glue applicator should I choose? Should I pick the brush or the squeeze tube? Does it matter?

So to help make things a bit clearer and to help you get back to the business of gluing, let’s have a quick look at the different types of applicators and discover what they do best.

Main Squeeze

Many types of adhesives such as The Original Super Glue, feature the squeeze tube applicator. Using this method, the glue is able to flow out and form a continuous stream. The length or amount of this stream is based upon the pressure applied to the tube. Squeeze applicators are extremely common, as they work for a wide range of uses such as filling in cracks.

Brush it Onwards & Upwards

If your project or repair requires either small or large surface coverage, as well as great control, then the brush on applicator may be just what you need. Products such as Future Glue Brush-On include the small brush tool that can be used to paint and coat surfaces, cover over cracks, or apply the adhesive on hard-to-reach areas.

Let it Drop

Bottles of adhesive like Bondini 2 feature the dropper tip applicator, where one drop of glue, at a time, is released. This type of applicator doesn’t works best for large surface coverage needs, but instead it better suits situations that require an small and exact application of glue, such as filling in a crevice or working with jewelry.

On Point

For excellent accuracy and a high degree of precision, the push point applicator is the one to pick. When using products like the Super Glue Pen, simply press the tip of the pen to the surface that is to be glued. With this type of applicator, an exact placement of the adhesive is best achieved and it can be the perfect tool for repairs that are delicate or detailed.

Which Glue Applicator Did You Use?

Now that the sticky facts about applicator types have been covered, we’d love to hear about which one was handy for your repair or craft. Please share your story on our Facebook page, or if you need more help with adhesive selection, check out this info on choosing the right product for your project.

How to Choose the Best Glue for the Job

August 19th, 2015
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We can help you find the right glue for the job.

Adhesives can truly save the day when it comes to repairs, quick fixes, and creative craft projects. As there’s a large selection of glue types to choose from, it’s important to pick the best one in order to ensure a successful result for each particular job. Many of us have tried using a random adhesive we had within reach, attempted to repair something, and discovered that the pieces failed to bond.

Check out these handy tips and facts that will hopefully help make your next sticky situation … stick:

Adhesive Hints & Helps

Hint: The Materials Matter – This may sound obvious, but it’s definitely worth stating. The type of glue best suited for a project depends on the kinds of materials being adhered and the chemical properties of the adhesive. Pay attention to the specific kind of materials you wish to bond and let that fact guide you to the right glue.

Hint: Note the Needs of Your Repair – Choosing the best glue for the job, also depends on the project’s parameters. For example, ask yourself questions such as, “Do I need the adhesive to set rapidly or will I need more time to arrange the pieces?”

Additionally, think about whether you will require a waterproof adhesive or one that withstands extreme temperatures. Answering questions such as these will help you narrow in on the adhesive that will work best for your repair.

Glue Mini-Overview

Super Glue: Also referred to as cyanoacrylate, this adhesive creates strong bonds and sets quickly. It’s best on non-porous materials for a wide variety of household, industrial, and innovative uses. Super Glue can be used on rubber, metal, china, jewelry and more to repair clean breaks.

Epoxy: Epoxies are composed of separate parts: hardener and resin. These parts will need to be mixed or dispensed equally from an applicator. They provide a strong bond and are excellent at filling in gaps. They are able to meet a large number of applications because they come in different formulas. To name a few epoxy types, some are delayed set, providing increased time to place all the pieces together, while others are quick-setting metal adhesives, designed to bond different metals for appliance repairs or similar projects.

Silicone: Silicone adhesives and sealants create durable and flexible bonds. In terms of temperature they are extremely stable and can be used for many applications, such as window, automotive, and bathroom repairs. They bond, caulk, and seal and are resistant to moisture.

Super Glue’s Here to Help

We covered just a few of the many useful adhesives available. If you’re still stuck, no pun intended, we want to make sure you find the right glue for your specific project needs. Use the Glue Guide to select the correct glue quickly, or call 1(866) GLUE-911 for assistance. We’re here to help!

Super Cool View from the Pilot’s Seat in a Mustang RC Plane

April 20th, 2015
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This is amazing!  So realistic!  Check out this Super Cool P-51D Mustang Remote Control (RC) Plane … You feel like you are in the Pilot’s Seat!

Super Cool P-51D Mustang RC Plane

Super Glues Improve Fuel Efficiency In New Cars

September 18th, 2014
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According to a Wall Street Journal article, September 8, 2014, Super Glues are being used to help make cars lighter in order to ultimately improve fuel economy.

Heavier metal fasteners like rivets, nuts and bolts are being replaced by super glues which can hold things together just as well, or better, while improving fuel efficiency.

“The global market for structural adhesives used in cars, airplanes and other vehicles should hit $2 billion this year, up from $1.5 billion a decade ago,” according to IHS senior consultant Erik Linak quoted in the article.

The WSJ article states that “carbon fibers and other composite materials lend themselves more to glues than screws” and lighter weight aluminum and composite fibers are what automobile manufacturers are using instead of heavier substrates like steel wherever possible in new cars.  “About 27 pounds of adhesives go into the typical car today, up from 18 pounds a decade ago,” said Daniel Murad, chief executive of ChemQuest Group Inc., a Cinncinati consulting firm.

Deciding which metal fasteners can be replaced by glues is a challenge for engineers.  Safety is still their top priority and federal standards must continue to be met.  Adhesive manufacturers, working with engineers, are always seeking new formulas which can withstand higher temperatures, be removed and/or replaced easier, and bond to a wider range of substrates.

Using adhesives (super glues, epoxies, etc.) to replace fasteners is definitely on the rise, in the automobile and airline industries as well as many other industries,  and this is excellent news for manufacturers and consumers!