It’s a glued up world. Really! There are tons of different types of adhesives on the market today, and I have personally used quite a few. Epoxy resins and wood glues alike grace the shelves of your local home center, but the first line defense for me has always been good old-fashioned super glue. The “super” in super glue comes from the ability of a 1-square-inch bond of the stuff to hold more than a ton. (I kid you not.) It’ll also glue your little brother’s fingers together in one heck of a hurry. Read on past the jump for a lot more about a little topic. (It’s worth it.)
The real power in super glue comes from cyanoacrylate, which is an acrylic resin that bonds almost instantly. The trigger for the bonding process are the hydroxyl ions in found in water. This is pretty handy since almost any object you might want to glue together will have at least trace amounts of water on its surface. The only bummer used to be that metal was difficult to glue up if it was cleaned, but slight changes in the formula has since defeated this issue.
I’ve been a fan of super glue ever since my Dad glued up a broken toy as a child. Instantly captivated by the miracle healing power’s I proceeded to use it whenever and wherever possible — from other broken toys to gluing up my fathers prize pocket knife – which thankfully is still holding together after 18 years. Super glue gets a bad rap on occasion for not being the “right way” to get a job done, but I am of the opinion that if it gets the project done and meets all functional requirements to the project — all is fair.
In last week’s podacst Chuck eluded to my “other” use for super glue: I’ve found it to be a fantastic way to close up cuts instead of troublesome band-aids or stitches in some cases. Now let me first say that I (or anyone else really) can’t recommend that you do this. I just happen to have done it a few dozen times with success. In my defense, though, researchers have found that by changing the type of alcohol in super glue, from ethyl alcohol to butyl the compound becomes non toxic to tissue and Johnson and Johnson now has a “laceration glue” on the market that’ll serve the same purpose without removing five years of your life. Just remember: I thought of it first.
You can find all manner of variations and types of instant bond glue almost anywhere now. Just read the label to make sure it’ll work for your particular project and there will most likey be a glue that can help you, priced around $3 and up. The stuff pictured above is Krazy Glue brand, which is what I happened to have in the shop at the moment.
One last piece of advice: a little goes a long way. Don’t over glue it.
Krazy Glue Products [Krazy Glue]