Questions tagged [adhesive]

A substance used for sticking objects or materials together.

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Is there a trick to opening a tube of caulk?

Is there a tool especially designed for opening a tube of caulk, silicone, or construction adhesive?
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Should cement board be glued and screwed to the studs?

I've seen some people recommend that cement board be glued and screwed to the stud framing for wall and ceiling application. I haven't seen this recommendation on any of the manufacturers install ...
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What is a strong glue for bonding metal?

I have a (cheap) garage door that has the metal frames/hinges connected to the actual metal door by some kind of glue. The glue on one part of the frame has broken off. What is a glue that is strong ...
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How do I remove THIN layer of carpet glue from concrete?

The folks who owned this house before us were the cheapest people around. They glued carpet to our concrete floor with a very thin layer of glue. Now, I'm having a terrible time scraping it off. I ...
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Can I paint over wallpaper glue?

I have a room where I removed the wallpaper in preparation for painting. Surprisingly, the very old wallpaper just peeled right off, leaving behind most of it's glue. I used some wallpaper remover ...
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How can I hang a large but light poster on a concrete pillar?

I have a large (est. 5'x7') sheet of plastic foam with a poster printed on it. It weighs maybe 3 lb and is reasonably stiff. I'd like to hang it on a solid rectangular concrete pillar about 2' wide. ...
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How to remove construction adhesive from concrete?

We removed a wooden dance floor that was glued to concrete with liquid nails. How do I remove the liquid nails that is all over the concrete floor? Has anyone had success with heat, mineral spirits ...
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How can I hang heavy objects on a wall, without leaving any marks?

Command Hooks don't hold very much weight wise and I would like to mount heavy objects - e.g. a whiteboard ... any ideas? (yes this is drywall - I cannot leave any marks in it ). context: college ...
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How do I safely get glue off of wood that's to be stained?

I'm building a closet and I've just made doors for it. It's red oak wood with a rail & stile construction and raised panels. I was a little careless and some of the wood glue (Titebond) escaped ...
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How do I remove construction glue from brick?

I just removed glued-on paneling from an interior brick wall. Now, I have the task of removing the glue from said brick. What is the best method of doing so? I know there's no getting around the use ...
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Our vinyl floor install will need to be redone — will new vinyl need to be used, or can the existing vinyl be reused?

I had a company (whose name will not be mentioned unless they refuse to fix the job) install a new vinyl floor. I'll spare all the ugly details except the one that's relevant to this question which is ...
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How to remove floor adhesive from concrete?

The problem is aggravated by the presence of underlayment. When engineered hadrwood flooring was removed, some underlayment was removed with it, and some stayed glued to the floor. What is the best ...
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How to identify the type of plastic

I'm wondering if there's a practical method of recognizing what kind of plastic a something is made of. This is a recurring issue I face when trying to fix/glue/work-with plastic stuff around the ...
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Glue crawl space rigid insulation

I've dug a trench around the perimeter of my crawl space. Then I planned the next steps. I took a week off but I'd like to finish this project next weekend. I am going to glue 2" R-10 FOAMULAR 250 ...
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How do I deal with glued-on drywall?

I'm in the process of gutting a bedroom. I had to remove a pocket door, move the light switch, add a couple of receptacles, and deal with some rot/mold/insects on the exterior wall. I found that ...
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What substances should you avoid contact with your bare hands?

I started thinking about this yesterday because I currently have a weird feeling second skin from the polyurethane adhesive I used to attach my kitchen backsplash on Sunday. I foolishly assumed since ...
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fixing stripped screw in soft-wood door frame? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I rehang a wooden door with worn screw holes? As you can see in the below image, the upper screw holding in the lock plate (name?) has stripped completely out of the ...
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Why doesn't duct tape work well on cables?

In the past, I've used duct tape on cables (e.g., Power, LAN). For instance, I taped cables to a wall, I taped cables together for storing etc. The taping often failed after some time: The taping ...
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How can I repair a shattered clay pot lid?

I dropped a clay lid and it broke cleanly in two pieces. Is there a way to glue it back together? I don't mind it that the break will be visible, while the pot looks good too, I mostly use it for ...
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What type of glue should I use to repair my hardwood floor?

I'm replacing the tongue and grove boards in a section of my hardwood floor that were water damaged. On some of the boards, I'll need to cut out the bottom edge of the female side. On a YouTube ...
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Cleaning Edwardian tiles found under more recent tiles

We removed some river-pebble-effect tiles in our hall, and found period (1910ish) tiles underneath. We have an area of about 2m², still with lots of the adhesive from the overlaid tiles. Otherwise ...
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How do you remove stick-on hooks?

I'm not sure of the name but you know those hooks that come with an adhesive strip that attaches to a wall and you put the hook over it? The hook part broke off but the adhesive strip and the plastic ...
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What glue to bond metal and plastic in cold weather?

I have a small plastic torch (flashlight) with a magnet on the back. I use it to provide light in a small metal trailer. Recently I pulled the torch off the metal wall, and the magnet came away from ...
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How can I remove soap and toothbrush holders?

What is the safest and least damaging way to remove existing soap and toothbrush holders from drywall? We would like to remove these holders because we do not use them. It seems the previous owner ...
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How can I remove carpet adhesive from hardwood floors?

We are doing some renovations to a home we just purchased. The carpet had hardwood flooring under two layers of carpet. The bottom layer of carpet was glued down by a dark amber colored adhesive. ...
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No More Nails adhesive on PVA primed drywall?

I'd like to glue laminate flooring on my TV wall. I just plan to glue the laminate directly to the wall, which is drywall primed with Kilz PVA I have No More Nails general purpose adhesive lying ...
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adhesive for gluing rubber to wood

I am replacing rubber tread covers on an old wooden staircase. As far as I can tell, the old ones were simply glued on. They lasted about ten years before they started slipping and cracking where they ...
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Gluing Hardwood Floors?

We recently had our house built, and included the "hardwood floors" upgrade. When we moved it we were pleased with the way the floors looked. Some time later, water started coming up from beneath the ...
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What glue should I use for glue-down engineered flooring installation?

I bought a roll of FloorMuffler UltraSeal underlayment (essentially, sealed high-density foam) at Home Depot for this project. The instructions are very specific about which adhesive to use: "To be ...
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How to reattach front door rain deflector?

The rain deflector from the bottom of our front door recently fell off when I trod on it by mistake. The door and deflector are both wooden. The deflector was stuck on, not screwed. I'm not quite ...
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Best way to take wood glue off of tools?

I try to clean my tools after working with wood glue but i always miss a spot here or there. My square is covered with wood glue because i didn't clean it fast enough. Whats the best way to take the ...
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What type of adhesive do I use to bond metal & glass?

I need some strong adhesive for a table. The glass panel fell off and I have no idea what type I need. It needs to be clear and very strong. Pics here:
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How can I attach a 1/8" strip of steel to MDF so that it stays secure forever for eternity?

I have attached two 3/4" panels of MDF together, so the end result is a 1 1/2"-thick panel. I need to reinforce it so that it does not bow, so I thought of attaching a 1/8"x1 1/2"x6' strip of steel ...
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Should I remove old wood glue before reinstalling a board on a table, and how?

We have a coffee table we made with four 2x4 planks stained and glued to a tabletop. About a year later, one of the planks had loosed so I ripped it off and I was planning to reapply the wood glue ...
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Non-Toxic Wood Glue

I've got a cutting board that was left soaking for too long, and it subsequently cracked and split. Is there a non-toxic wood glue I can use to glue it back together? I'm planning on using a quick ...
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What, if anything, do I do to repair notched floor joists?

I have been building for a long time, so I know where floor joists can be bored or notched without compromising their strength. Unfortunately, I have a client whose floor joists were hacked at by ...
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How do I remove glued-on carpet?

I'm trying to remove carpet from a small closet in our bathroom (at most 3.5 ft by 3.5 ft). I started to remove it and it looks to have been glued around the perimeter. What's the easiest way to ...
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What tools will help when removing a glued down floor?

We are having a very hard time getting a glued down floor up. We have tried using large scrapers, a crowbar, and a hammer, none have been effective. Are there any other recommended tools that we ...
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What would be the best temporary adhesive to stick a shower head holder onto a ceramic tile wall?

I recently broke the shower bracket and can't get a replacement since it's out of stock everywhere. I bought a suction cup shower head holder as a temporary fix but that won't stay on the wall so I ...
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How can I clamp two 325 mm planks while gluing them together?

I have a base that is 650mm deep. I'm going to have to glue several planks together to get this depth and, eventually, the last two to make the 650mm base. The problem is, I don't have (and can't ...
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Are all epoxy created equal?

I'm under mounting a sink to a slab of granite and there many different brands of epoxy. Is one better for this type of job?
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Is there a high temperature glue that I can use on a cook top?

We have a 1 year old Frigidaire gas range (This model or a near sibling, purchased from Lowes). The burner grates appear to be painted cast-iron, while the surface below them is a polished and ...
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How to remove “metal” tile adhesive from backsplash area?

Is there no way? There is a similar question here from 2015 with no answer. Our kitchen was tiled with thin, copper-colored aluminum tiles (probably in the '80s), which look like this: The adhesive ...
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What is the proper glue to use to bond two pieces of plywood together as a substrate for formica?

We are preparing a kitchen counter top for new formica. The original plywood is still intact but is rough, so we will glue 3/8" plywood on top of it for a smooth durable surface. What is the best ...
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How to secure vinyl post caps?

I have a deck with vinyl posts, and 5"x5" vinyl caps on the posts. I'm looking at how I can affix them to the posts so they don't blow off. I found a "Vinyl Fence Glue" listed at both Home Depot and ...
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How do I remove carpet adhesive from concrete?

I have a 12x15' sun room that currently has carpet over concrete. I pulled a 3' section of carpet and the entire floor has adhesive. Can I remove this using a liquid chemical or do I need a machine? ...
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Does this look like asbestos glue?

I pulled up some carpet and found some brownish glue that's still gummy underneath the pad. This doesn't appear to look like any of the images of asbestos glue I can find online (it's see-through and ...
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How do I remove carpet tape from a painted wall?

How to remove carpet tape from painted wall without damaging the paint? This article suggests using warm cooking oil, but I am afraid the oil will irreversibly damage the paint. Should I try some ...
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How do I force glue into a hard to reach hollow?

I have a group of wall tiles coming off the wall. They don't separate from each other, just come off together - when I knock with a finger I hear dull sound meaning there's already a hollow behind the ...
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Glass rod joining/welding: temperature instead of glueing?

I have some glass things to fix ("decorative kitchen stuff to play with"). The broken part is a rod, about 8mm diameter, made of some colored glass. I thought of using nichrome wire, but seems that ...