Guest Author - Dale Yelich
Maybe the neatest thing since white bread are canned type spray-on adhesives. No kidding, they are so convenient, so perfect for emergency repairs, that everyone should have a can or several around the house.
There are several types of this stuff on the market, the best I found is from 3 M, and it is positively gooey! It is incredibly sticky, and it adheres to virtually anything, And when I say anything, I mean things like steel, enamel, pottery, even glass if you can believe it.
Yeah, itís that good, and for a quick fix in any situation, you are going to love this stuff. Not only that, spray-on adhesives will last darn near forever, and if whatever you have sprayed comes apart, well, just whip out your can again, and give it another dose.
Use this stuff to re-attach any molding or trim that has been torn away from either inside or outside of your car. Always clean the area first, then spray the glue on and push it back into place. Hold for a few seconds and you will be good to go.
A broken tile in your bathroom, no problem. Just make sure the tile and space to put it are dry, spray some adhesive on and press into place. When dry in a couple of hours, itís waterproof and thatís it.
Wallpaper or contact paper pulling off of walls or shelves? A quick spray will stick it right back into place. Things like peeling wood verneer can be sprayed and glued together, peeled up linoleum on floors, or even carpeting that has come up in a corner.
But this may be the best use of all. Because these adhesives are synthetic rubber based, they remain flexible, and because they remain flexible, they are great for repairing worn or leaking spots on vacuum cleaner hoses. This is how you do it.
Attach your vac hose to the exhaust side of the vacuum cleaner. Spray a very healthy dosage inside the hose, getting it as close to the worn or frayed spot as possible. Quickly then, put your hand over the nozzle and turn the vac on, leaving it run for only 15 seconds. Let it dry for a few hours, and your vac hose will be as good as new.
By plugging up the exhaust from the hose, the air was forced to escape through the worn area. However, since the worn part is saturated with adhesive, you are forcing glue into the damaged area, thereby filling in the air gaps and stopping any leaks.
The truth is that, because it is an adhesive, after every spray, you MUST turn the can upside down and blow out the nozzle until nothing but air is coming out. If you fail to do this, any tiny droplet of goo still leftover in the nozzle, will 100% clog it up, and the consequences from that are, youíll have to get a new nozzle or a new can.