Why Every Home Should Have Epoxy On Hand
An epoxy adhesive is a type of plastic glue that's made of a resin and a hardener. It works by linking its molecules with the molecules of the materials it joins. This type of molecular linking can often make the bond stronger than the material itself. One famous TV commercial showed a construction worker hanging from his hard hat after it was glued to a beam. This strength and ease of use make epoxy glue invaluable for use in the home.
Epoxy glue is not only durable but appropriate for a variety of uses. It resists heat, chemicals, and water and is usually sold in one or two component types. The one component type of epoxy glue is cured at temperatures of about 250 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit while the other one works at room temperature. However, heating it makes it even stronger.
The glue is bought in syringes, tubes or as mixable putty. It dries to a clear to brown color. Epoxy cures for a few minutes to 72 hours and uses acetone as a solvent. Here are some of the uses of epoxy glue:
If the household has run out of wood glue, epoxy can be substituted. Indeed, epoxy sets faster than wood glue and has better water resistance. The fast setting makes it ideal for gluing laminate tops to kitchen counters and bathroom vanities or repairing wet bars. Some people use epoxy in tandem with wood glue to make the bond even more secure.
For Repairing Fiberglass
Epoxy glues are useful for repairing small cracks or other damage to the fiberglass interiors of cars and boats. It is not ideal for exteriors because it tends to degrade when it's exposed to too much heat or the sun's ultraviolet light.
Epoxy can be used on all sorts of pipes. These include polyvinyl chloride plastic pipe, which is used for drains and vents in the house; acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, or ABS pipes which are used for the same reasons as PVC. Epoxy can also be used on chlorinated polyvinyl chloride plastic pipe which is used in fresh water lines.
The trick to successfully using epoxy in pipes is to apply it quickly and thoroughly. Before the glue is applied, the depth of the fitting socket has to be measured then marked on the pipe. Then, the glue has to be applied over the primed area and inside the fitting socket. The socket and pipe need to be joined, twisted a bit to make good contact and left to cure for about 24 hours. No water should flow through the pipe for that time.
Tiny tubes of epoxy glue are just the thing for fixing broken plates or cups. First, thoroughly wash the pieces in warm, soapy water. Rinse and allow them to dry completely. Place the pieces together on a work surface. Start at the center of the piece and work out.
Clean the broken edges of the pieces with acetone to make sure they're spotless, and run a thin bead of epoxy along the edge. Join the two pieces together. Wipe away any excess epoxy with a cotton swab soaked in acetone. Tape the joined pieces together until the epoxy has cured. To make the bonding more secure, tape the back of a plate as well.
Epoxy glue is used for making jewelry. For example, to place a cap on a jewel to be used as a pendant for a necklace or earring requires a drop of epoxy glue on the wire in the cap. The wire is then inserted into the drill hole in the jewel. Epoxy is also used to bond gemstones to brooches and tie tacks, to affix cabochons to jewelry findings and to set all kinds of knots.
It's difficult to imagine crafts without glue guns. Epoxy is used to place paste jewels on the surface of a heart-shaped box and braiding around its edges for Valentine's Day. It's used to fix white cupcake papers to a styrofoam ball to make a hanging decoration; to glue cotton noses on bunny treat bags; to glue flowers, stars, ribbons, and leaves on envelopes and cardstock and circles cut from old maps on cork coasters.
Epoxy glue is an amazingly versatile product. Just remember to use it in a well-ventilated area. It cleans up easily with either acetone or vinegar and should be cleaned off the skin with vinegar. It's easy to find and inexpensive. No home should be without it.