Found 48 results for the keyword ‘Adhesive’

  • Re-adjusting glues that have slipped

    Some things that are glued can slip with time, especially if they are glued with contact cement or similar adhesives. This can apply to trim on the edges of doors and counters as well as some self-adhesive floor tiles. In fact when something glued slips with time; it is probably an indication t...
  • Weather Restrictions: Epoxy -- "Wet-Bond"

    Connect to your favourite weather forecaster and look for the following conditions:   Category: Adhesives     Product: Epoxy - Wet-Bond Temperature Limitations: Above +10 C (+50 F) -- although a special product called "Cold-Bond" will work at -6 C (+21 F) Rain Limitations: Can be applied in r...
  • Repairing spalling Angel Stone.

    Dan from Fort Erie, Ontario wrote: I purchased a retirement home here just over an year ago and have noticed that the angel stone facing on the front of the house is breaking off. The house is about 40 years old and I suspect the angel stone is original. It appears that water is getting into ...
  • Can I put ceramic tiles on a concrete porch?

    First, don't put glazed or other slippery tiles on an outdoor porch. You will kill yourself when they get wet or icy. You can find some good looking tiles that are specifically designed to be "non-slippery". Always use a thinset mortar that specifically says "indoor/outdoor" on the bag. You mus...
  • Clamping difficult objects for gluing up

    When you need to clamp strange shapes that don't let you use large heavy clamps you need something that you can wrap around and tighten up. Just using tape or string won't put even pressure on the glue joints.The first photo shows a web clamp, made out of canvas with a ratchet mechanism. Cor...
  • Weather Restrictions: White & Yellow Exterior Carpenter's Glue

    Connect to your favourite weather forecaster and look for the following conditions:   Category: Adhesives     Product: White & Yellow Exterior Carpenters Glue Temperature Limitations: Surface and glue must be above +10 C (+50 F) during application - some glues require warmer. Rain Limitat...
  • How to renew worn stairs without replacing them.

    David in Toronto sent us a photo of some very badly worn steps that he wanted to recover with wood without removing the old stairway. It is not easy, but it can be done. First sand or cut the round nose of each stair square. We will put a new round nose on as the last step. Clean the stair off ...
  • The negative side of Microban, BioFresh & other "antimicrobials"

    I just received (October 2014) an alert from Healthy Building News about additives in many building products that are supposed to kill microbes and make the house healthier.  These things are called “Antimicrobials”.  A couple of the best known trade names are Microban and BioFresh.  Little disi...
  • The Tube Squeezer

    On the TV show I had fun demonstrating little known tools like this little plastic gadget that slips up the backside of any tube, be it toothpaste or glue. It prevents anything from moving back down the tube and can even be used to smoothly push stuff out the other end. It is called a "Squeezit...
  • What kind of joists do I prefer?

    Mila from Ottawa, Ontario writes: "We are buying a new home and have a choice of 2" x 10" solid wood kiln-dried joists or "Trust Joists" (JLE) Pre-engineered floor system. If you were buying a house for yourself -- which would you choose?"I just love it when people try to nail me down like that,...