Archive for the ‘Quick Fixes’ Category

New Year Repair Resolutions with Super Glue

January 1st, 2017
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With the New Year upon us, it’s once again time to compile your annual list of things to improve on. A new start often brings with it promises of going back to the gym; laying off certain foods; or dropping any nagging, bad habits. What many people don’t think about are the small fixes around the house that need attention.

These repairs are all too often neglected because they’re not always noticeable, and the excuse “I’ll get around to it eventually” is just too easy to make. If there was ever a time to get around to it, it’s the New Year. Start 2017 by getting your hands dirty and putting your Super Glue to good use, because the best resolutions are the ones which truly make you feel accomplished.

blue coffee mug with broken handle

blue coffee mug with broken handle

Add some of these easy home repairs to the top of your New Year’s resolution list and get fixing!

Broken dishware

 

If you’re anything like me, you have your go-to mug. No longer do you have to send your favorite broken mug to the ceramic cemetery. Dishwasher Safe Super Glue is made for these exact repairs. Bonding instantly and crystal clear, this adhesive is more than capable of restoring your favorite wine glass, coffee mug, or stained glass plate.

Dishwasher Safe Super Glue works best on:

  • Ceramics
  • Crystal
  • Glass to Glass
  • Tinted Glass
  • Stained Glass
  • Glass to Metal

Wood

For wood repairs of any kind, Super Glue has consistently been the go-to solution for decades. For example, unsightly nail holes can be filled with a mixture of Super Glue and sawdust. Of course, you should make sure the color of the sawdust matches the wood you are trying to blend, but this old carpenter’s trick has been proven effective time and time again.

For other miscellaneous furniture around the house, cracks, breaks, and loose joints are all too common. Add the original Super Glue adhesive to your arsenal to give your ailing furniture a renewed and long-lasting strength. You’ll first need to rid the furniture of any loose screws that are no longer structurally necessary, make sure you are working on a stable and flat surface, and apply your Super Glue to the affected areas. Super Glue dries completely transparent in 10-30 seconds, and is ideal for use with wood, metal, rubber, aluminum, and ceramic.

They may say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But if it is broke, fix it with Super Glue.

For a full look at Super Glue’s complete & diverse family of adhesives click here.

How Super Glue’s Solvent Cements Work

December 6th, 2016
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With seemingly hundreds of options of glue and adhesives lining the shelves of every home improvement store out there, you may be questioning the necessity for so many choices. After all, glue is glue, right? In fact, many of these adhesives offer different application methods, work only on certain materials, and achieve their sticking power from a variety of chemical processes. Today we are going to focus on solvent cements.

What is an Adhesive?

An adhesive is simply any bonding substance used to adhere one surface or object to another. There are two primary forces at work when you use most types of glue, adhesive and cohesive. Adhesive forces are what hold the glue or cement to the surface you are applying it to. Cohesive forces are what hold the actual glue or cement together. Much like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, these forces must work in tandem to provide a strong bond.

Differences

You may have heard terms like epoxies, super glues, and cements in a variety of contexts. While there can be some overlap in the interpretation, typically super glue refers to single part adhesives that are used for common bonding. Epoxies are two-part solutions, made up of a resin and a hardener, that cure when mixed.  They can either be used for bonding or a binder for fiber-reinforced composites, like building materials. Cements are single-component and generally include additional vulcanizing agents to strengthen the hardening process.

Types of Cements

Hobby & Model Cement

Model Cement is a polystyrene resin that works by attacking the plastic surface and chemically welding the parts together. It cures completely clear and dries to full strength in 24 hours. Model cement is most effective on:

  • Plastic

  • Ceramics

  • Cardboard

  • Wood

If you or someone in your family is interested in constructing model planes, cars, or trains, this is the adhesive for you. With the benefits of extremely durable adhesiveness, water resistance, and a variety of household uses, model cement is great product to have in your home.

Contact Cement

This single component contact adhesive is unique because of its flexible, acrylic contact bond. Contact Cement dries to full strength in 24 hours and cures to an amber color. For best results, apply to both surfaces you wish to adhere. This cement works best on:

  • Laminates

  • Particle Board

  • Plywood

  • Leather

  • Tile

  • Rubber

  • Metal

Since many glues are applied wet, making contact cement is highly desirable because of its dry contact, flexibility, and effectiveness on nonporous surfaces. Make sure to store in cool temperatures and are prone to evaporation if left open for long periods of time. Remember to always use in a well-ventilated workspace.

Household Cement

Household Cement is a single component adhesive that can be used on porous, nonporous surfaces, and is dishwasher safe. For nonporous materials only apply to one surface or edge. For porous materials coat each surface, allow to dry, and apply a second coating to both. Household cement is bested used on:

  • China

  • Ceramics

  • Glass

  • Metal

  • Plastic

  • Rubber

  • Wood

  • Jewelry

Dry time is typically 16 hours and finishes with a clear cure. A widely applicable adhesive used for a variety of around-the-house fixes, this product is a must have.

Super Glue Corporation and Pacer Technology are proud to bring you these versatile and high-performance products. With all cement adhesives, it is important to remember to keep them out of reach of children, avoid storage in hot temperatures, along with avoiding skin, eye, and mouth contact.

Perfect Storage Solutions with Super Glue

November 7th, 2016
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Storage ideas

Add shelves to a regular storage closet, give an updated look to an old shelving unit, or build your own set of bookshelves. Most of these DIY projects are easy to accomplish in an afternoon, and add extra storage space to help organize and omit clutter. Many of these projects can be achieved with the help of different Super Glue Corporation products.

DIY Storage Closets

There is always room for more storage. You can build this DIY large, freestanding storage cabinet in one afternoon. You can use to store things in your garage or home. Build it 18 inches deep, 24 inches wide and 72 inches tall with adjustable shelves if you would like to make it more versatile. Adhesives such as Super Glue Thread locker (add a hyperlink http://www.supergluecorp.com/?q=super-glue/job-specific/red-permanent-thread-locker) or Zap CA (add a hyperlink http://www.supergluecorp.com/?q=zap/zap-ca ) can help reinforce shelving, if necessary.

Maximize every square inch of your home with this great home addition for added storage. Rework your storage closet and be inspired by lifestyle blogger Destiny Alfonso as she talks DIY, decor and entertaining on her blog Just Destiny.

DIY Wall Storage

An excellent and creative storage is crucial to any home and any family. We often forget that the easiest method to create storage is to use the vertical space in your home.  Here are three simple and creative DIY wall storage ideas that we simply adore. Personalize them with your touch and never lose sight of your thing.

Repurpose Old Items

Using simple materials such as paint, leftover magazine or wrapping paper scraps and your choice of adhesive (double sided tape, craft adhesives), you can transform your old, drab shelves. Create this beautiful accent to any room in your house. The possibilities are endless; your imagination is the key.

This shelf is one of the most customizable DIY project there is because you can use whatever wooden box you can get or have at hand. You can combine both old and new wooden boxes to add visual interest. You can customize the shelf by adding your own art or pops of favorite color.

DIY Bathroom Storage

Who doesn’t need more storage space in their bathroom? Get creative with these clever tips that will help you take advantage of every square inch so you can keep your bathroom supplies tidy, well organized, and close at hand.

Avoid a wet, messy vanity with this solution. By mounting neodymium magnets on a mounting strip with super glue, you can easily create a toothbrush holder. Or, to make things even easier,  take a look at our Super Klips.

DIY Pet Storage Station

Is your dog’s gear taking over the house? Try your hand at this organizational craft! Just a few supplies and a lot of fun is all you’ll need for this new dog-essential storage station! Grab a foam brush, white acrylic paint, wooden block (suggested 13′ L x 1” W x 2.5′ H), cup hooks or Super Klips, plastic dog figurines, and saw tooth picture hangers to recreate this organizational wonder.

Further References

http://blog.homedepot.com/diy-bookshelves-in-home-office-makeover/

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/build-large-storage-closet-21442.html

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2016/01/jewelry-storage-mirror-diy.html

http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/diy-pet-storage-station/92759

Mending Broken Dishes with Dishwasher Safe Super Glue

November 7th, 2016
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Broken cup

Broken cup

Have you ever broken one of your favorite dishes and felt like you had to throw it out? While it may hurt to see one of your favorite dishes broken, it’s something that you can easily fix on your own, and, with dishwasher safe super glue, your dish will be almost as good as new.

Here’s a quick look at dishwasher safe super glue and how it can help you repair broken dishes in no time.

 Dishwasher Safe Super Glue

Dishwasher safe super glue is an adhesive that instantly bonds glass, tinted glass, crystal, stained glass, glass to metal, and more. The crystal clear formula creates invisible repairs and requires no clamping. Dishwasher safe super glue is both water and heat resistant.

Dishwasher safe super glue works best on:

  • Ceramics
  • Glass to glass
  • Stained glass
  • Crystal
  • Glass to metal
  • Tinted glass

For best results, surfaces should be clean and dry, and the damaged parts should mate well.

Repairing Your Dishes

The toughest part about gluing something, like a broken china dish, is holding the pieces together while the glue dries. Cases like this are a perfect application for strong adhesives, such as dishwasher safe super glue.

Trace a continuous bead of super glue adhesive along one of the broken edges. Press the two pieces together and hold them in place for 15-60 seconds. The formerly broken pieces will now stay in place. For the best bond, however, allow the super glue adhesive to cure for 24 hours before putting the repaired piece to use.

Cleaning

Cleaning off super glue with acetone.

Before Using Your Mended Dishes

Before using your dishes after mending them, it is important that you are aware that dishwasher safe super glue separates at a lower temperature (180 degrees F). Boiling water on a super glue bond or a touch with a torch flame will separate it.

You should also be careful about how you store your super glue, as super glues are acrylic resin that rapidly polymerize in the presence of moisture/water. Because the presence of moisture causes the glue to set, exposure to moisture in the air can cause a tube or bottle of glue to become unusable if opened for too long or not in an air tight bottle. To extend the life of an unopened bottle, keep it in the refrigerator.

To learn more about our range of Super Glue Corporation products, check out our Products page.

Weekend Project Repairs | Fix-All Adhesive

July 4th, 2016
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Small Shed On Backyard

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.

Securing Outdoor Items with Adhesive Epoxies

July 4th, 2016
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Contemporary outdoor patio with fireplace

With increased exposure to the elements, all manner of outdoor furniture and items can be more susceptible to the occasional blemish or breakage. When this does happen, you may just be able to fix your broken chair or splintered pipe with nothing more than a quality adhesive epoxy.

The benefits of adhesive epoxies aren’t just restricted to repairs, however. They’re a versatile and effective solution for various adhesive-based needs, with the majority of them being weather-resistant and ideal for outdoor applications.

 

The Various Applications of Adhesive Epoxies

There are a wide range of adhesive epoxy solutions available from the Super Glue Corporation, most of which will help with the securing or repairing of outdoor items. Which one you opt for depends on your needs. You may need a quick setting epoxy for emergency repairs, a waterproof one that would be ideal for pipes and guttering, or a metal epoxy for metal appliance and tool repairs.

Below is a list of just some the ways you can utilize adhesive epoxies:

  • On outdoor furniture: Repair broken legs on an outdoor chair or table.
  • Pipes and guttering: Seal and solidify cracks present on downpipes, fix damage on gutter guards, etc.
  • Tools: Reattach the head of hammers/shovels to the handle, secure the carriage of a wheelbarrow to its framing, set screws in place in the event they tend to come loose frequently, etc.
  • Lights: If you can’t screw a lamp’s framing/support to the exterior wall of your home, use an epoxy to secure it instead.
  • Signage: Easily secure signage, such as your address number, to your mailbox, fence, and more.

 

What about indoors

Adhesive epoxy is by no means restricted to outdoor applications. Many epoxies, such as the quick setting epoxies, are perfect for indoor repairs. You could secure a loosened section of your bookshelf, add additional strength to your TV’s wall mounts, fixing a broken clip on a landline phone, and more.

To view our range of adhesive epoxies, click here.

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.

Z-Poxy Gets Top Notch Rating From Customer

May 9th, 2016
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Z-Poxy Receives Rave Review from Reg D.

Much Love for Z-Poxy Finishing Resin

Our customers tend to come up with some pretty creative uses for our adhesive products. We especially love it when they take the time to send us their stories and photos.

Reg D. recently purchased our Z-Poxy Finishing Resin and wrote to tell us that he uses it to build musical instruments.

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Repairs Made Easy With Z-Poxy

“The Guitar top, back, and sides were finished with a coat of Z-Poxy to seal and flatten/fill the wood and provide a flat surface for the color coats and finish coats,” he said. And the results? “Top notch!”

The results are truly stunning, wouldn’t you agree? Thanks for the beautiful photos, Reg D!

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Got Loose Screws? Here’s What You Should Do

February 19th, 2016
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Got loose screws? Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJD-KdhUHwM

Jacy is using our Blue Removable Thread Locker product to hold the screw tightly in place on his chair. It is a quick and easy fix to an annoying problem. Plus the screw can still be easily removed with normal hand tools!