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Is there a trick to opening a tube of caulk?

Yes! the tool is called a caulk gun. Use the spout cutter for cutting off the tip of the tube; then use the seal punch tool for poking holes in the foil seal.
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Wood glue versus epoxy for doweling stripped screw holes

Wood glue, hands down. Wood glue is designed to penetrate the wood for a tighter bond. Properly done, wood glue is stronger than the surrounding wood. I have chairs I've wood glued and clamped and ...
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Gluing two halves of a door together

Slightly contrarian take: start over. (I know, you've done a bunch of work, etc. They call it the sunk-cost fallacy for a reason. Strong butt joints in the rail are possible but hard and would involve ...
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How can I fix this hole I accidentally made with a screw?

Get some glue (make sure to use a glue rated for wood) into the crevices then using a hammer and punch (or drift - a soft one unless you are gentle with a steel one) force the bits back down. Wipe off ...
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Asbestos in old furniture adhesive?

As I've posted before, the risks of asbestos exposure on a very infrequent basis in a residential setting are highly over-blown. The real risks were for construction workers (pipe insulators, HVAC ...
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Gluing two halves of a door together

If not making new panels, make or purchase an H shaped moulding and set the panel halves into it. By eyeball (but measuring tape may say otherwise) the top panel parts might be pulled out and rotated ...
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Can I install heat mat and backer board over cork flooring?

When I am redoing a bathroom and adding the needed backer board to a subfloor assembly, I would remove all existing finish floors no matter how many to get back down to the original subfloor. Then ...
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What type of adhesive is recommended for a curved shower curtain rod on ceramic tile?

There are many tension rods on the market that are expandable to fit a regular shower. They don't require any screws or adhesive. A screw mechanism in the rod holds the rod in place after tightening. ...
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Should I remove old wood glue before reinstalling a board on a table, and how?

If you want to use wood glue again, I'd remove the old glue. You'll get a stronger bond if you apply glue to clean wood. A belt sander would do a nice job. If you're ok using urethane glue or ...
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Trial and error to choose glue for plastic handle on refrigerator?

A "decent surface area" would lead me to drill and pin it using some metal dowels as well as using glue. That should help spread the stress caused by using it and make the repair last longer.
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What glue would you use to glue wood (polyurethane finished) to pvc shower walls for shelving?

Wood and water are a poor mix. There is a really good reason that you do not see show enclosures made out of wood. It is also the reason that you will not find much in the way of wood shelves for use ...
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Can I glue a second layer of drywall?

A good drywall adhesive has much more shear strength than screws - and this is just when your glue is on the framing. So if you are doubling up the drywall gluing makes a ton of sense. Just ...
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How can I repair the rust penetration in my air compressor?

I highly recommend against attempting to repair a tank that handles compressed air at over 100 PSI. Failure could be impressive and catastrophic. None of the liquid repairs designed for fuel tanks or ...
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Cleaning Edwardian tiles found under more recent tiles

I did something similar on a smaller area. I used some plastic tools - scrapers etc and some cement remover product. The cement remover product has an acid base (stings like xxxx if you have an open ...
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Wood glue versus epoxy for doweling stripped screw holes

Wood glue, always. Sandpaper the dowel and hole to give a better surface for the glue to hold.
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What type of adhesive is recommended for a curved shower curtain rod on ceramic tile?

For a curved rod, with its substantial torque load (twisting force), not much short of epoxy or urethane will hold reliably. I just wouldn't do it since removing those things from tile would be a ...
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How to apply wallpaper over styrofoam?

You should not do this. Foam insulation (EPS, XPS, etc.) needs to be covered with drywall in order to protect it (extend the amount of time before it melts) from fire. Otherwise you are risk of being ...
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How to identify the type of plastic

Most products you purchase will have the information on the label. If no information is provided you can look for a marking similar to the following that will help you identify the type of plastic it ...
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How to secure vinyl post caps?

Use clear silicone caulk, super strong as an adhesive when cured and waterproof.
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What would be the best temporary adhesive to stick a shower head holder onto a ceramic tile wall?

Silicone caulk or silicone RTV (Room Temperature Vulcanizing) glue (pretty much the same thing with different labels.) Sticks pretty well, moisture helps it cure, and it can be peeled off when you ...
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Wood glue versus epoxy for doweling stripped screw holes

Wood glue works well; when cured it can flex a little as can wood itself. Epoxies tend to be rather brittle. Epoxies vary a lot: slower epoxies (e.g. Araldite Precision) are (i) much less exothermic,...
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Wood glue versus epoxy for doweling stripped screw holes

Wood glue, but not for the reason why you ask. In terms of long-term stability, the observable difference is exactly zero. There is no force acting on the dowel, and there is no exposure to water to ...
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Trial and error to choose glue for plastic handle on refrigerator?

It seems like the "trail and error" approach is not smart. I like the suggestion to request prop 65 MSDS for the part, if there is one available. Best practical suggestion came from elsewhere: apply ...
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What type of adhesive is recommended for a curved shower curtain rod on ceramic tile?

I would definitely not even try the adhesive approach for mounting a curved shower curtain rod. I have seen so many of these now popular rods that were so poorly secured that they were sagging a good ...
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Metal glue that cures in coldish weather?

Just about any 2 part epoxy would meet your requirements. However, gluing both sides is asking for trouble in the future. Couple of ways around this. You could use loctite blue (thanks @jwh20 for ...
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Loose mirror on the door?

A high quality construction adhesive should do the trick. The gap looks wide enough that you should be able to get the nozzle of the adhesive tube between the door and the mirror. Apply the adhesive ...
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How do I remove the gluey residue left by gaffer tape on glass

I typically use Goo Gone (US product), will remove most. Rubbing Alcohol is another item that works for some adhesive. Or clorox wipes also works on some.
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Fill voids in a butcher block

If you can, I would recommend cutting down the joint with a thin bandsaw blade & then machining both pieces with a jointer to get the super tight fit that you really should have between your ...
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What kind of glue for shower drain?

For drain covers with no screw holes and no option of screwing in itself we usually slap some plumber's putty on the bottom and smash it in. With a screwdriver and a few tugs you can remove and reuse ...
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How do I repair a broken polystyrene part?

Forget trying to glue it, repair it some other way. "McGyver" it. Like maybe buy a lock hasp of appropriate size and use the staple, which is the piece that the lock shackle would go through ...
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