8 Ingenious Uses for Super Glue

Monday, 08 July
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Super glue gives duct tape a run for its money as one of the most versatile, reliable, and indispensable tools in a craftsman’s arsenal. Heck, it’s a veritable magic wand. A solid portion of the challenges you face daily both on and off the job site can be whisked away with the flick of a super glue tube. Let’s expand your horizon on the applications of this mighty adhesive.

1.   Prevent fraying on shoelaces.

Shoelaces are one of the first parts of a boot to go, especially for craftsmen. Instead of fighting the fray, coat the loose ends of the laces with some super glue. Within a few minutes, you’ll have a makeshift aglet – those plastic things at the end of the shoelace. This trick works for improving the durability of fraying ropes too.

2.   Temporarily repair gear.

Even the toughest gear can fall into disrepair when put through the constant trials of the job site. Whether you’ve ripped a jacket, cut into a boot, snapped your glasses, torn a tool belt, or suffered any other gear mishap, super glue is your temporary saving grace. Apply enough to prevent the issue from getting worse until you can get a replacement or conduct a proper repair.

3.   Seal up small cuts.

We’re not going to swap out our hardhats for a stethoscope, so we’ll let an expert explain. In an interview with the University of Utah Health, Dr. Troy Madsen says, “[I]t’s not a bad idea just to carry superglue with you. It could keep you out of the ER as long as it’s not a big laceration.” If you wash out the wound thoroughly, check for tendon injuries, and ensure there’s no risk of infection, you should be good to go.

4.   Protect your fingers.

Super glue isn’t just effective when mending small wounds. It also acts as a protective barrier for your fingers. When dealing with abrasive materials such as sandpaper or rough lumber, applying a thin layer of glue can help you avoid pesky scrapes, cuts, and blisters. Don’t rip or scratch off the glue when you’re done! Use nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol to prevent any skin tears.

5.   Fix broken stuff.

No matter how hard you try to keep up with home DIY fixes, there’s always something broken. But, not every repair demands a comprehensive blueprint and the best tools money can buy. You’d be surprised how much can be fixed with super glue. Dishware, cups, appliance handles, picture frames, toys, vases, phone cases, clothing…the list goes on.

6.   Secure hooks without studs.

Inevitably, that perfect spot on the wall to hang something is nowhere near a stud. That’s where super glue comes into play. Squeeze a little bit on the back of a hook and voila! You’ve got a secure place to hang photos, pegs, fasteners, or anything else you want.

7.   Cover nail or screw holes.

Can’t stand having a nail or screw hole in the wall? Skip the expensive powder or filler. You’ve got something deep down in your toolbox or at the bottom of your junk drawer that will do the trick. You guessed it…super glue! Place a bit on the end of a toothpick, massage it into the hole, and paint over it once dried. Nobody will be any wiser, and you’ll be able to sleep in peace.

8.   Waterproof matches.

Super glue is the key to one of the best camping hacks for craftsmen: waterproof matches. By dipping a match in this protective layer, you’ve secured yourself a reliable strike in any weather. Make sure to apply thinly. Too much super glue will prevent the head from contacting the matchbox. You want just enough to keep any water from compromising the match.

The only thing super glue can’t patch up is a frayed job search. If you’re struggling to find work in the industrial sector, you need an industrial staffing professional who can pair you with leading industrial companies. That’s where Madden Craftsmen can help. For decades, we’ve been the go-to resource for craftsmen looking for well-paid positions with some of the best employers in the sector. Check out our job search to find immediate openings nearest you. 

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