ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

All About Glue

Updated on June 26, 2018

Do It Yourself - Understanding Glue

There's no question that advances in adhesives technology over the years have made life easier and more predictable for all of us. A byproduct of that, however, is a confusing variety of types and brands of adhesives and not a lot of clear information on how wood glues work and which ones work best for a given project. That's too bad, because nearly every woodworker and do-it-yourselfer is utterly reliant on sticking things together with adhesives.

Do you get stuck when choosing the right glue for jobs around the house? Aliphatic resin, polyurethane or ethyl cyanoacrylate? Huh? Don't fret-you just need to bond with your inner glue karma. Of course, there are many specialty glues designed for particular uses such as joining PVC pipe, which can be a wobbly mess, but most household stickums fall into the following main categories. If you're still confused after reading about the following types of glue, just conduct a little online research to find the best type of adhesive for the job.

In this article we will look at different types of glue and its usage. By the end of it, I hope you will have a much better understanding of how glue works and the right type of glue usage for your everyday projects.

WHITE & YELLOW GLUE

America’s most popular adhesive is standard white glue, which is perfect for kids’ crafts and sticking paper to paper. You probably already have a bottle or two around the house. White glue’s cousin, carpenter’s yellow glue (aliphatic resin), is normally recommended for bonding wood to wood. Yellow is also more water resistant and sets up faster than white glue, so make sure you set it right the first time you stick.

POLYURETHANE GLUE

Polyurethane adhesives such as Gorilla Glue have become popular in recent years. They will stick to almost anything and are a great choice for many applications, especially adhering unlike materials to each other, such as metal to wood. But remember, less is more. Some polyurethanes

tend to expand, so be careful not to squeeze that bottle too hard or you'll end up with too much of a good thing.

SUPERGLUE

I can still remember the first time I used superglue. It was like magic. No more hopelessly broken toys or soccer trophies. Superglue and other similar ethyl cyanoacrylates work great on glass, metal, most plastics, ceramic figurines, crystal bowls, eyeglasses, and acrylic fingernails.

But again, just use a little bit, as these products will not bond properly if you apply too much. For greater control of application, pick up a tube of superglue in a pinpoint dispenser. Superglue is also offered in a gel form that works well on porous materials. Make sure you keep it out of reach of your child who may have ideas of gluing his younger sibling to the toilet seat. (Yes, I speak from experience!) Do not use ethyl cyanoacrylates to repair an item that will hold water, such as a broken teacup. For maximum water resistance, choose the next category: epoxy.

EPOXY

When you need a bond that will never break, especially between dissimilar surfaces such as wood and metal or glass and stone, epoxy is a terrific choice. Epoxy can also be used on most plastics. Using a two part product may seem a bit confusing, but mixing is relatively simple:

just blend equal parts from each tube. Look for brands that are sold in a double syringe. Dispense what you need and thoroughly stir the two parts together. Apply it quickly and wipe off the excess. Once epoxy sets up, it is almost impossible to break the bond without the risk of breaking whatever it is you've glued.

Epoxy technology has expanded to include other products such asa formula that will bond copper pipe, even when wet, for small plumbing repairs. Epoxy fillers are also often recommended to repair large gaps in wood and fiberglass.

CONSTRUCTION ADHESIVE

Originally, construction adhesives such as Liquid Nails and other brands were just a mainstay with professional builders and remodelers, but they are gaining popularity on the home front. An excellent value for decks, moldings, paneling, flooring, and other construction projects, these superstrong adhesives are normally dispensed with a caulk gun. Since most construction glues are waterproof, you can use them inside or out. I like them because I can often use a construction adhesive instead of nails for simple projects.

HOT-MELT GLUE

Hot-melt glue is often the choice for hobbies and crafts. It is a quick solution for most porous surfaces. I use it for furniture repair, too.

Even though hot-melt glue is water-resistant once it has cooled, make sure your surfaces are dry before you apply it. Trying to hot glue a wet surface is like using a curling iron on damp hair: it just doesn’t work well. If your project is going be continuously wet, choose a polyurethane glue, epoxy, or construction adhesive instead.

New Guestbook Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)