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    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[More FREE Help...]
    10 Really Good Reasons to Repair Stuff

    10 Really Good Reasons to Repair Stuff

    Things break. Everything we own, from air conditioners to zippers, eventually wear out or stops working. We can toss them and get new stuff — or we can try to repair them. The Fix-It Club offers[More FREE Help...]
    Emergency Heating Repairs

    Emergency Heating Repairs

    Winters can be cold in many parts of the country. Thankfully, most homes have a primary heating system that keeps indoor temperatures comfortable — until there is a heating emergency. That's when the Fix-It Club can[More FREE Help...]
    Easy Repairs for Retirees

    Easy Repairs for Retirees

    Once retired, many people find satisfaction in performing basic repairs around the home: electrical repairs, plumbing repairs, heating and cooling repairs, major appliance repairs, small appliance repairs, and more. That's where the Fix-It Club can come[More FREE Help...]
    Emergency Plumbing Repairs

    Emergency Plumbing Repairs

    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 services to your home asap. The Fix-It Club can[More FREE Help...]
    How to Recycle or Reuse Broken Stuff

    How to Recycle or Reuse Broken Stuff

    The Fix-It Club can help you repair hundreds of household things that break: appliances, bicycles, cell phones, computers, electric fans, hair dryers, iPhones, microwaves, plumbing, slow cookers, tvs, toasters, yard trimmers, and more. But there[More FREE Help...]
  • Household Glues and Adhesive

    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.

    Types of Adhesives

    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.

    Best Adhesives

    The most versatile adhesives include acrylic (for metal, glass and wood), cyanoacrylates (also known as super glue; best for plastic, rubber, metal, ceramic, glass, and hardwood),epoxy (for any materials), hot melt adhesive (for fabric, leather, and wood), resorcinol (for wood, plywood, chipboard, and paper), and urethane (for wood, metal, and glass). Nearly as good are urea formaldehyde (for wood), and yellow glue (also known as carpenter glue; for interior wood. Make sure you match up the appropriate adhesive with the material, conditions, and use for best results.

    You’ll also see adhesives used in the Fix-It Guides. Experienced hardware store clerks, too, can offer suggestions on which household adhesives to use on your repair job.

    --Dan "The Fix-It Man" Ramsey

    Fix-It Club

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