The cold weather has brittled my recycling bin and cracks have developed around the lid handles due to being peeled off in freezing weather. It's gotten so bad, that the lid no longer performs its function of keeping water out of my paper recycling.
I could buy a new bin, but it seems a shame to toss it when only the lid is affected. Also, tossing a bin is difficult without a larger bin to put it inside of.
I'd like to repair it!
The bin is made out of low-density polyethylene (LDPE), which has a melting point of 110C and bonds poorly with most adhesives.
Ideas I've had:
- Duct tape. Probably won't last that long, and hard to form a watertight seal.
- Welding with a blow dryer. Probably not hot enough.
- Welding with a hot frying pan. Probably hot enough, but might be hard to achieve the accuracy needed.
- Welding with my soldering iron. Probably hot and accurate enough, but would ruin my soldering tip :(
So, the question is, how can I repair these cracks without buying a plastic welding kit?