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Adhesives - Uses and Safety Tips

Aug 17, 2007
An adhesive is something that helps you stick objects onto something else. This can be gluing googly eyes on a walnut, gluing pictures into a scrapbook, or even gluing two pieces of wood together. Adhesives are very helpful in many ways and they can be used to do a great many things. Adhesives can even include tape, like duct tape, which are used to make repairs. There are many different ways to use adhesives, and different types of adhesives to fulfill a variety of uses.

Some adhesives, like most glues, take some time to dry. This can be quite useful if you are worried about making mistakes. That way, if you glue something down and realize that you need to move it, you can take it off without worrying about tearing something. Other adhesives bond almost instantly. This can be convenient if you are in a situation that requires that you have the bond immediate so that whatever it is you are gluing does not slide down. However, if you make a mistake with something, you may have to start all over again. You should choose your adhesive carefully, taking special steps to make sure that you have the kind of drying speed that you need to get the job done most effectively.

Additionally, some adhesives are stronger than others. Super glue and gorilla glue are two examples of strong adhesives that are difficult to remove once they are used. You can use a solvent to disolve the glue, but it is difficult to clean off, and sometimes can stain clothing and other fabrics. Weak adhesives are easy to remove, even after they dry. Glue sticks are notorious for being weak. Even after the glue from a glue stick dries, it is possible to pull whatever you glued right off, without tearing or ruining anything.

Some adhesives are especially suited to specific tasks. Interestingly enough, most of these types of adhesives are easy to identify, as they explain themselves in the kind of adhesive they are. Wood glue, as one might expect, is used for gluing wood. It is helpful when one is setting up a project. It holds the pieces in place, and lets you see how something works before you begin nailing it together and setting it more permanently. Craft glue is ideal for crafts. It is especially suited for making things like wreaths and homemade jewelry. An adhesive like rubber cement may not provide very good clues, but it is good for scrapbooking. It won't seep through and ruin pictures when you put it on the back, and it works well with the acid free paper used in scrapbooking projects.

Adhesives are of great use. They can be used for a variety of things, and they help us hold things together. They are great for repairs, craft projects, and even for building projects. A special kind of adhesive is even used to hold dentures in many people's mouths. Without adhesives, the world would certainly not hold together as well as it does.
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