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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.

Medical Grade Super Glue Helps Girl Walk Without Pain

May 25th, 2016
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Medical-Grade Super Glue Enables Girl to Walk Pain-Free

Super Glue has many incredible everyday uses but an article published in March highlights one of the life changing uses Super Glue can have in people’s lives. Medical-Grade Super Glue was used to help Madison Fairchild walk without pain for the first time in years.

Madison had a mass of tangled veins in her calf that caused immense pain when she walked, stood or ran. After trying more traditional treatments that either didn’t work or made the issue worse, Dr. Jonathan Perkins (a pediatric otolaryngology physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital) performed an experimental treatment in which Medical-Grade Super Glue was injected into the veins so that they can be removed surgically. The glue made the veins rigid, which allowed the surgeon to go in and remove them without hurting the surrounding tissue.

“Four days later, she’s walking,” said Kristen Fairchild,  Madison’s mother. “She’s a totally different child. Her outlook is more positive.”

Read the full article here.

(Note: This procedure was performed by a surgeon using Medical Grade Super Glue. SuperGlueCorp. strongly suggests that you keep all Super Glue products out of the reach of children. Please follow safety protocol with all Super Glue products.)

Fly Fisher’s Essential Gadgets!

July 16th, 2015
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Summer is the best time of year for Fly Fishers, Hikers, and Campers!  So many adventures and wonderful places to go far away from crowds and confusion.  Packing light and smart is the key to all successful travel and these sports enthusiasts know how to do it best!

Recently, there was a terrific article in the Wall Street Journal (June 26, 2015) by Chris Kornelis titled, “Fly Fisher April Vokey’s Favorite Gadgets“.   Super Glue was honored to be listed, and pictured, as one of Fly Fisher, April Vokey’s favorite gadgets!  We know that fly fishers depend on super glue to reinforce knots on specialty flies, and all hikers and campers appreciate having super glue along as a fix all for tool, boot, and tent repairs as well as a great coating over blisters and calluses.   We wrote some tips about this in our June 2013 Newsletter … Check it out for more information!

Enjoy the rest of this amazing summer and don’t forget to take along some tubes of super glue with you … Let us know how super glue came in handy on your adventure and you may win some free samples!!!

How-To Super Glue A Cut

January 2nd, 2014
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Using super glue to “stitch” external paper cuts, blisters, calluses and even knife blade wounds is something our readers and customers tell us about all the time.  Here’s a great “How-To Video” from a Super Glue Fan!

[Video Credit:  The Late Boy Scout on You Tube]

Life Saving Super Glue To The Rescue For Kansas Baby!

June 10th, 2013
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According to a story published on June 9, 2013 by FoxNews.Com, a baby at the University of Kansas Hospital was saved from a “traumatic hemorrhage” by doctors and super glue

Ashlyn Julian, a 3 week old baby girl, had a MRI that, according to the article, “revealed an olive-size aneurysm that was causing bleeding in her brain”.   Apparently such aneurysms are very rare in children and so, according to neurosurgeon Dr. Koji Ebersole in the article, “No infant-size tools are made for treating the condition … Wary of the approach typically used for adult patients – opening the skull to operate on the aneurysm – Ebersole and a team of doctors from several area hospitals on Wednesday decided to repair Ashlyn’s brain from the inside.” 

The surgical procedure involved brain imaging machinery, a catheter and ultimately “Ebersole was able to deposit the sterile, surgical superglue on the affected blood vessel.  The glue dried in seconds and created an internal cast, sealing the blood vessel …. ‘It’s literally the same compound as the superglue you’d find in the store,’ Ebersole said.”

The procedure is very rare and it may have been the first time it was ever performed on an infant.  Check out the full FoxNews.com article for all of the facts!  Wow, we knew super glue was incredible, but life saving puts it in a whole new realm!!

Thank you, Dr. Harry Coover, for your amazing invention!!!

Hiking? Don’t Forget To Pack Super Glue!

May 28th, 2013
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It’s summer and it seems that everyone is taking a hike!  Whether it’s daily hiking; weekend trail hiking; or week long treks into the Sierras, hiking has gained great strides as a popular activity for all ages.   Here’s some information we published in our blog a year or two ago that we thought we’d send out again in case you missed it the first time … check out why taking a little tube of super glue with you on your hike could prove to be the smartest thing you can do for yourself AND your fellow hikers …

If you’re hiking it’s important to carry some supplies with you as convenient stores aren’t available on every switchback (thankfully!), however, you don’t want to load yourself down so much that your supplies become more of a burden than a blessing.  Making sure that your supplies are small, lightweight and serve more than one purpose is key.

According to our readers, and other reliable sources, super glue fits all of these criteria and is one “must-have” for hikers.  Here’s why:

  • BLISTER RELIEF:  Hikers tell us that when they begin to feel the early burn of a blister coming on, inside their boots, applying a drop or two to the sore area provides a buffer from the moisture and friction that can eventually lead to a full blown blister.  Additionally, if a blister develops, and ruptures, a thin coat of super glue serves as a temporary bandage for the inflamed area.
  • HIKING BOOT REPAIR:  Comfortable hiking boots are key to a good hiking experience, however, comfortable hiking boots may also be old and broken in, and therefore, likely to split or separate at the sole.  Super Glue bonds well with metal, rubber, and leather and can be used to repair shoe soles and get you back on the trail in seconds.  Similarly,  if shoestrings are frayed, and ragged, a drop of super glue on each end of the shoestring will pull all that fray together so that you can easily thread the laces through the eyes on your boot.
  • WALKING STICK CREATION:  A good walking stick is important for hikers.  You can make your own simply with a straight tree limb, some cloth or cord and some super glue.
  • DENTAL CROWN SALVATION:  We don’t condone using super glue in your mouth, but our readers OFTEN send us their stories of how super glue saved them, and their teeth, in difficult situations.  If your dental crown falls out while you’re hiking a little super glue can help lock it back into place temporarily until you can get yourself into a dentist.  Having your crown back in your mouth will ensure that you won’t lose it and that you can still eat while on your hike – another key to a successful hiking experience ;) !
  • TORN DOG PAD REPAIR:  Hiking with man’s best friend is fun, and great for safety reasons as well, however, dogs can easily get cuts, scrapes and torn pads along the trail.  A few drops of super glue on their pads provides some quick pain relief for your pup!
  • CUT & SCRAPE RELIEF:  Along with blisters, cuts and scrapes are always likely to occur along the trail.  Whether it be from a tree limb, bush, or rock as you’re hiking, or from a sharp knife cut while you’re cleaning the fish for dinner over the campfire, a drop of super glue applied to an external cut or scrape helps stop the bleeding and also serves as a barrier against bacteria getting into the cut.  Again, it’s just a temporary, emergency fix until you can see your doctor, but one you may be grateful to have at your disposal.
  • FLY TYING:  Fly fishers are known for hiking into isolated rivers and streams to catch that elusive brown trout and his friends.  Flyfishermen tell us they love to use super glue to create the perfect fly for fishing.  Having some super glue along ensures that you can replicate any fly, on the fly!

So there you have our top reasons to take super glue hiking with you.  There are probably lots more.  Are you a hiker?  Do you carry super glue along the trail with you?  If so, tell us your story and you may win free samples.  What other supplies have you found to be essential and versatile for hiking?  We’d love to hear from you!

HAPPY HIKING!

Super Glue Making Health News for Multiple Uses!

February 14th, 2013
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An article by Sharon Worcester, in the January 2013 issue of Skin and Allergy News states “A cyanoacrylate adhesive-based implant is feasible, safe and effective for the treatment of great saphenous vein incompetence, according to 1-year follow up data from the first study of the product in humans….. Of 38 patients with an incompetent great saphenous vein who were treated with a proprietary formulation of cyanoacrylate adhesive (known as superglue), 100% deomonstrated complete closure of the vein immediately and at the 48-hour follow-up, as measured using duplex ultrasound and clinical examination; after 1 year, 92% maintained complete closure, said Dr. Proebstle of Hirschberg, Germany.” 

Additionally a report, written by Bruce Jancin, in the December 1, 2011 of Skin & Allergy News  found that “Applying a fast-drying cyanoacrylate glue to the proximal nail fold once or twice weekly is an inexpensive and effective treatment for the habit-tic condition of onychotillomania … often categorized as a compulsive psychiatric disorder … The likely mechanisms of benefit from the cyanoacrylate glue, such as Super Glue or Krazy Glue, are twofold:  the built-up layer of glue creates a physical barrier that helps protect the proximal nail fold against the patient’s mindless repetitive picking, and, at the same time, the artificial layer promotes self-awareness of the tic habit, said Dr. Blatiere, a dermatologist at the University of Montpellier (France).” 

This amazing health news comes as no surprise to the makers of super glue at Super Glue Corporation.   Cyanoacrylates, commonly referred to as Super Glues or CAs, have been used for decades in a wide range of industries.  Dr. Harry Coover serendipitously discovered the original product in a government research assignment to find a better way to cast gun sights.  He discarded the product for that purpose because it was too sticky to be practical.  Six years later he went back to the product he had developed knowing that he had discovered a new class of adhesives.  According to Dr. Coover, “it is probably the best single material that has more uses than any other material we have.”  Check out this video

One of the first uses of cyanoacrylates was for wound closure during the Vietnam War.  It is a very “potent hemostatic agent” according to Dr. Coover and was initailly used extensively to topically stop bleeding.  Since that time it has been used in conjunction with deep stitches in a wide range of surgical procedures.  Additionally, cyanoacrylates are used topically by hikers, musicians, athletes and others, providing relief from pain, and protection from infection and fungus, on blisters, calluses,a and paper cuts.  Cyanoacrylates have been used in the cosmetic nail industry for years in a variety of ways including nail tip application, nail repair, silk wraps, acrylics and powder applications.  Most recently, cyanoacrylates are being used in conjunction with a color gel to produce a glossy smooth finish that dries in minutes.  Studies have shown that topical use of cyanoacrylates is safe although the product should not be used near lips, mouth, or skin exposed to hair or body fluids.

We know that eventually cyanoacrylates will break down with extended exposure to water or alcohol, but consumers have sent us eyewitness testimony that our cyanoacrylates have held their dental caps on for years.  Coral fraggers have told us about their success in using our super glue products to propagate coral underwater for long periods of time, so while we know the product breaks down with exposure to water it seems to hold for a reasonable length of time.

We are proud to be associated with this truly exceptional, safe, effective, multi-use product and were happy to be in attendance when Dr. Harry Coover was presented with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for discovering it!

Super Models Super Glue!

September 23rd, 2012
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Super Model, Heidi Klum, recently opened up on Katie Couric’s new daytime talk show about her unusual beauty tip, Super Glue!  That’s right, even Super Models have tales to tell about how superglue comes to the rescue … Apparently, Heidi’s problem was toenails. 

According to HollywoodLife.com, Heidi admitted wearing shoes that were “too high and too tight”.  “First I broke both toes, then the nails went blue, then I colored them, and then they fell off and I was like what am I going to do?”

So what did Heidi do?  Well, like many of our customers … Heidi used some super glue to affix her toenails back on!  Super glue will repair anything!

We were thrilled to learn that super glue helped this forthcoming celebrity out of a sticky situation and back onto the runway footloose and fancy free!

How Do I Prepare for Hurricane Isaac, Earthquakes & More?

August 28th, 2012
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“Be Informed, Make A Plan, Build A Kit and Get Involved”  is the way to prepare for natural disasters according to the Ready.Gov website.  Great advice!

It is hard to predict what you will need in times when natural disasters strike, but we can learn from previous disasters and others who have gone through these things before us.  Here are some important lessons using these 4 general categories:

BE INFORMED:  Staying informed and up-to-date is very important, however, sometimes traditional sources of information like the internet, television, radio and telephones go out during a natural disaster.  Hand crank, emergency and solar powered radios come in very handy in emergencies.  Neighborhood watch groups and other community networking solutions are also important to have in place BEFORE an emergency arises. 

MAKE A PLAN:  Will you evacuate during an emergency or will you plan to stay where you are?  What are the risks involved with both of these choices?  Thinking about this ahead of time will prepare family members and help you make decisions based on well thought out options rather than emotions at the time of a disaster.  It will also help you know what supplies and how much you need to have on hand — will you be needing gas or water and food?  Having appropriate insurance in place based on the types of natural disasters that historically occur in your region of the country is also important.  Discussing the possibility of natural disasters, and knowing ahead of time what your plans would be in an emergency, helps reunite family members who might be away when a natural disaster strikes. It is reassuring to have thought things through ahead of when a natural disaster strikes. 

BUILD A KIT:  Having a food, water, and supplies kit on hand is very important.  You should have enough bottled water and non-perishable food on hand to last for 72 hours.   A supplies kit consisting of a sharp knife, duct tape, super glue (good for repairs and to seal wounds), batteries, flashlights, first aid kits, a wrench, pliers, scissors, whistles, cellphone chargers, cellphone car chargers, and anything else you think your family might need to survive on your own for 3 days will ensure you are prepared. 

GET INVOLVED:  Volunteer to be a part of your community’s emergency response team or take a CPR or first aid course so that you are ready to help in an emergency.  Contact your community and state emergency management agency and get involved.  Being a part of the solution is always better than being a part of the problem!

Our hopes and prayers are with the people in the path of Hurricane Isaac today!

Going For Gold!! 10 Ways Olympic Athletes May Use Super Glue!

July 30th, 2012
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Summer 2012 and the London Olympics are finally here!  YAY!  We are so proud of our Olympic Athletes – Go TEAM USA!!

We’ll be watching every step of the way!  Oh, and hey, we have some gold winning advice for you athletes!  Super Glue might be your best friend in your quest for the gold — we hope the teams are packing a tube or two!  Here’s why:

10 Ways Olympic Athletes May Use Super Glue 

1.  ARCHERY:  Super Glue is often used for attaching the fletching (feathers) to the shaft (arrow).   Fletching is used to “keep the tail end of the arrow following the point” according to Sandhillsarchers which is a mighty important part of hitting that bullseye! 

2.  CYCLING:  In a pinch a little bit of super glue applied around, and in, a bicycle tire cut or puncture and you are good to keep going, according to About.com and many of our Super Glue Corporation cycling customers as well.  Too much training goes into these games to miss the start because of a minor cut or tear in an olympic cyclists’ bike tires … just sayin’ … don’t get stuck without some handy CA nearby!

3.  EQUESTRIAN:  Farriers (specialists in horse’s hoof care) often recommend applying super glue on split hooves until they are able to grow out and mend on their own!  No doubt, olympians and their horses are in tip-top shape for the olympics, but just in case a nasty split occurs right before an event a little dab of super glue might just save the day!

4.  GYMNASTICS:  Gymnasts who swing from the parallel and uneven bars build up amazing calluses on their hands as they train, and most likely all know that a little super glue can provide quick relief from a sore or bleeding callus.  “Super Glue works great on callus rips and tears” according to GymnasticsZone.  

5.  TENNIS:  Tennis players become very attached to their favorite racquets and there is no need to toss them out just because of a loose or worn grip.  It only takes seconds and a couple of drops of super glue to replace an old, tired grip with a fresh new one.  Mademan shows you exactly how to do it in several easy steps, but tennis playing olympians and their coaches know this as well!

6.  CANOE:  Canoe paddlers can get calluses on their hands just like gymnasts so carrying along a little super glue provides some big time pain relief until the healing process sets in. But treating calluses isn’t the only use a paddler might have for super glue – super glue can also be used to quickly repair a split in the actual paddle itself!  Epoxies can also be used for paddle repair, but super glue dries quicker and works just as well in an emergency.

7. TABLE TENNIS:  An Olympic sport since 1988, table tennis (or ping pong) is played on a regulation sized table with a net, using a racket (also referred to as a bat or paddle) – consisting of a blade (the wooden portion) and a grip.  Super glue can be used to repair either the blade or the grip in quick order! 

8.  SHOOTING:  “Super Glue was originally discovered in 1942 in a search for materials to make clear plastic gun sights for war,”  as stated on our Super Glue Corporation website, however the sticky substance didn’t turn out to be ideal for that purpose.  Olympic athletes have and do use super glue in the sport in the following ways:   Olympic shooters most likely started out gaining their skills at a very young age and may have made their own targets using super glue;  additionally, Super Glue can also be used to mend hairline cracks on a rifle or shotgun stock.  

9.  HOCKEY:  The roughest, toughest sport of all … those hockey pucks and hockey sticks are always flying into players’ faces and mouths.  Having some super glue along to quickly mend that facial cut, or even temporarily bond that chipped tooth is extremely helpful.  Super Glue can also reinforce wood splits in that favorite hockey stick in seconds!

10. SAILING:  There are lots of uses for super glue on the sailing vessels used in the Olympics.  One terrific use for super glue is to mend frayed rope ends or even sails that are starting to fray.  The reinforcement is super strong and the repairs can be made very quickly.  Sailors, of course, count on super glue for relief from calluses and rope burns as well!

So there you have it … 10 ways Olympic Athletes may use super glue.  If we had more time we could come up with ways super glue is handy to have along for EVERY sport, however, we really need to get back to the television coverage …. GO TEAM USA!!  We are GLUED to watching you all GO FOR THE GOLD!!!