18 Uses for Super Glue You’ve Never Tried (But Should!)
You already use super glue when your child’s favorite toy cracks, or for a quick fix to repair a broken living room decoration. However, super glue can come in handy for several other types of repairs. Here are 15 uses for super glue you’ve never tried, but you definitely should.
Minor Car Repairs
Next time you find a small tear in your car’s upholstery, use a little super glue to keep the rip from opening more. You can also use super glue to repair disconnected mirrors or patch cracked lights. Check out these 100 car maintenance tasks you can do on your own.
Next time the handle slides off your screwdriver or yard rake, try some super glue. Just place some around the end of the tool and slide the handle back on to let it dry. Need to remove super glue? Try these 25 tips.
If you’re working on a project that is tearing up the skin on your fingertips, reach for some super glue. Just add a thin layer, allow it to dry and you’ll have a hard barrier to prevent cuts and tears. Remove it by using nail polish remover with acetone. Follow these tips to prevent common injuries when working with tools.
Help with Woodworking
Trying to screw two pieces of wood together when you’re working by yourself can be a challenge. So try using super glue to secure the wood long enough so you can easily screw or hammer them together. These are our top 10 woodworking tips.
Is the sole of your favorite work boots starting to tear away? Use some super glue to repair wear and tear on your boots and shoes. Here are 15 advanced work boots for every DIY project.
Close Cuts and Scratches
Keep a tube of super glue in your first aid kit to help seal cuts and wounds. Be sure to disinfect the area first, then apply a thin layer of glue. Hold the wound closed until the glue dries. For more serious injuries, skip the super glue and head to the emergency room. These 11 camping safety tips to help you stay safe in the outdoors.
Next time you open the dishwasher and find a cracked plate or bowl, try using some dishwasher safe super glue to piece it back together. It won’t look perfect, but it will be functional until you’re able to replace it. Bet you didn’t know you can wash these 10 things in the dishwasher.
Seal a Hose
Is your garden hose leaking or starting to split? Just use some super glue to seal a crack or hole. Follow these tips to finding the best garden hose.
Repair a Tent
The last thing you want when camping is a leaking tent. Before you head out into the woods, check your tent for any small tears and use super glue to patch them up and prevent the holes from getting bigger. You’ll need another piece of fabric or a piece of a heavy-duty tarp to make a patch. Next, use your super glue and patch to repair the tears and holes in your tent. Just make sure you don’t glue the tent sides together. To prevent this, set up the tent and then do the repairs. Here are 16 camping hacks you’ll wish you knew earlier.
Fix Some Accessories
You can use super glue to fix your child’s hair clips, a broken pair of sunglasses or even a broken necklace or pair of earrings. Try keeping a small tube in your vacation bag so you don’t get stuck without your favorite accessory while traveling. Try this easy super glue removal hack.
Repair Fraying Cords
If your phone charger cord is starting to fray, you can extend its life a little by using super glue to stop the fraying. Super glue can also be used to stop fraying on the end of rope. Yes, you can repair a cut extension cord. Here’s how.
Fix a Fingernail
You’re working in the shop when you break or crack a nail. Next time this happens, use some super glue to repair the crack, then once it’s dry, use a file to smooth it out. These are the safety gear items every DIYer should own.
Keep Shower Items in Place
Does your shower caddy slip off its hook? Super glue is waterproof once dry, so use it to keep your shower caddy or a shower hook in place. You can also use it for a quick tile repair if needed. Learn how to repair grout that has cracked.
If you’re out and get a run in your nylons or tights, you can try super glue to stop the run from getting larger. Clear nail polish also works in the same way. This same trick can be used to stop a snag in your favorite sweater.
In Place of Duct Tape
You know duct tape comes in handy for small repairs and quick fixes. If you run out of duct tape, try super glue in its place, as many of their uses can overlap. Try these 12 brilliant uses for duct tape.
Attach Small Pieces with Superglue
Of course, you reach for superglue (cyanoacrylate glue, or CA) to fix a broken teacup handle. But did you know that it works on wood, too? In fact, CA glue is really handy for attaching small trim pieces that would be hard to clamp. Just put three or four drops onto the parts and stick them together. We like the gel version of the CA glue because it doesn’t run off and make a mess.
Glue Bottle Caddy
Here are four good reasons to build this glue caddy for your shop. First, no more hunting for the right type of glue; they’ll all be right at your fingertips. Second, you can store the containers upside down. That keeps the glue near the spout—no more shaking down half-filled bottles. Third, upside-down storage helps polyurethane glues last longer without hardening because it keeps the air out. Last, the caddy is so doggone handsome. Here’s how to make it.
Why You Should Lubricate Your Glue Caps and Lids
Caps on certain adhesives/glues, like rubber cement and super glue, have a habit of getting stuck or glued on no matter how hard you try and keep them clean.
This can be prevented by simply smearing a little coating of petroleum jelly onto the threads of the tube or lid. You just need a small dab of the petroleum jelly to prevent even more of a mess. Be sure to smear a little bit on before putting the cap back on the glue and it should prevent the cap from cementing on over time. So the next time you go to use your super glue, you’ll be able to open it with ease and get right to work! Did you know you can also use petroleum jelly to lubricate squeaky hinges? Here’s how.