26 November 2010


Don't you just hate it when you need a few drops of super glue -- You know, to glue the wheels and accoutrement to a couple of gun carriages for example -- and all of the various tubes here and there around the house are either dried up, or the cap has become fused to the rest of the tube and won't budge? Or, better yet, you cannot find the extra couple of new tubes of the stuff that you so carefully dropped into a kitchen drawer a month or two ago. Grrrrrrrrr. . .


Martin said...

As frustrating as that is Stokes, I'm glad that I'm not the only person it seems to happen to with alarming frequency. Hang it there!

MSFoy said...

Absolutely. Infuriating. You have to remember that the glue hides, solidifies, leaks etc DELIBERATELY. You must always punish it - stamp on it, throw it about, shout at it. This is a war situation - don't let them get away with it.

Also, I have it on good authority that superglue is not what it used to be - the makers have weakened the recipe to reduce risk of injury and damage to the environment. So, like weedkillers, exterior paint, cleaning materials and so on, it doesn't work very well any more.

I find that cognac still works, but not to stick soldiers.


Paul´s Bods said...

I know what you mean...that´s why i use Loctite 401 in a clear plastic bottle...you can see how much is left and IMHO it´s the best glue going.

Bluebear Jeff said...

At my local 'dollar' type store, they have packages of four mini-tubes of super glue for a buck.

Each tube isn't very big . . . but then one never needs a lot at any one time and there is a lot less waste.

You might want to check such places in your area, Stokes.

-- Jeff

tidders said...

fiddlesticks !

my pesky superglue gunges up and doesn't come out sometimes - I keep a spare new one for just those frustrating occasions.

-- Allan

Stokes Schwartz said...

Ah, cognac! Now why didn't I think of that? A glass after left-over Thanksgiving dinner goodies and pie last night would have been just the ticket. I think I'll take a walk over to the Dollar Store later this afternoon and see what they have in the way of superglue. It's very close. Loctite 401, eh? I'll look for it in the better stores here.

Best Regards,


Fitz-Badger said...

I don't like the tubes, for the reasons mentioned above.
More recently I've been using super glue in plastic bottles from model stores. These last much longer in my experience, and are easy to unclog by sticking a paper clip or similar bit of stiff wire down the spout.
Two I have used are Great Planes Pro CA and Kwik Bond CA. Both also come in different "thicknesses" (thin, gap-filling, etc.) and "speeds" (quick-drying, longer drying), and you can also get stuff to speed up the drying time (although I've not used or needed that so far).


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