• The Fix-It Club's latest FREE Repair Guides:

    Oils and Lubricants

    Oils and Lubricants

    The Fix-It Club can help you reduce repairs by helping you understand the how and why of household lubricants. Many things around your home are mechanical and are supposed to move. That's what they do. For example, a windup alarm clock is a mechanical thing. Other mechanical thing repairs you may undertake[More FREE Help...]
    10 Really Good Reasons to Repair

    10 Really Good Reasons to Repair

    You can repair household things that break with free, illustrated instructions from the Fix-It Club. Things break. Everything we own, from air conditioners to zippers, eventually wear out or stop working. We can toss them and get new stuff — or we can try to repair them. The[More FREE Help...]
    How To Volunteer Your Fix-It Skills

    How To Volunteer Your Fix-It Skills

    The Fix-It Club offers free repair help with more than 200 FREE Fix-It Guides including instructions on how to maintain and repair household things that break. If you've ever used one of our Fix-It Guides to make a repair, maintain something or to recycle or reuse broken stuff, you are[More FREE Help...]
    15 Forever Car Maintenance Tips

    15 Forever Car Maintenance Tips

    The Fix-It Club is built on the idea that consumer items will last longer if you perform basic maintenance and simple repairs. We purchased our current car new and have followed these car maintenance tips. It now has 235,000 miles on its odometer and still runs strong! Here are 15 car maintenance[More FREE Help...]
    How to Find Local Repair Help

    How to Find Local Repair Help

    Local repair services include plumbers, electricians, roofers and other service businesses. The Fix-It Club offers hundreds of free Fix-It Guides for repairing broken things around the home and garage. Occasionally you won't be able to or won't want to fix it yourself. That's okay. There's probably someone[More FREE Help...]
    Emergency Plumbing Repairs

    Emergency Plumbing Repairs

    Your plumbing system is powered by water pressure and gravity. Knowing how it works can help you in a plumbing emergency. Life is good! Everything is going well...until you have a PLUMBING EMERGENCY! Then everything becomes frantic as you try to minimize water damage and restore plumbing[More FREE Help...]
    Home Repair Safety

    Home Repair Safety

    Many electrical appliances have warnings on their outside case to tell you of potential dangers to safety. The Fix-It Club is dedicated to showing how to easily and safely make hundreds of household repairs. Common repairs made easy! Repair safety is a very important part of fixing[More FREE Help...]
    Easy Ways to Take Things Apart

    Easy Ways to Take Things Apart

    Some appliances specifically state “No Serviceable Parts Inside.” That typically means that even if you get it open there won’t be anything in there to replace, so reconsider fixing it. The Fix-It Club helps thousands of people each day for more than a decade with free repair[More FREE Help...]
  • Household Glues and Adhesives

    There is a variety of household glues and adhesives to help repair hundreds of broken things around the home.

    There is a variety of household glues and adhesives to help repair hundreds of broken things around the home.

    Things come apart. Fortunately, the Fix-It Club knows how to put them back together with glues and other adhesives. Adhesives secure the surfaces of two materials together. There are many types of glues, most of them designed for use with specific materials and under specified conditions.

    Adhesives come in liquid, solid, or powder form, and some require a catalyst to activate them. Select adhesives based on their characteristics, strength, setting time and temperature, and bonding method. For example, cyanoacrylate (instant glue) is preferred for permanently bonding rigid plastic parts that don’t face temperatures over 150 degrees. Some glues are waterproof while others are not; some need to be held together (clamped) while drying and others don’t. Read the instructions on the label for the appropriate application and use. You’ll also see adhesives used in the Fix-It Guides. Experienced hardware store clerks, too, can offer suggestions on which household glues and adhesives to use on your repair job.

    –Dan “The Fix-It Man” Ramsey

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    Properties of popular household adhesives. (Click on image for larger version.)