Questions tagged [adhesive]

Hacks related to the application, removal, or maintenance of anything containing adhesive, including tape and glue.

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How should I store super glue to prevent it from drying out?

It seems like every time I open a tube of super/Krazy/cyanoacrylate glue, I get one use out of it, and the next time I go to use it months later, the nozzle is clogged with dry glue (or worse, the ...
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How to seal envelopes without licking

I'm sending out Christmas cards and I have to seal about 100 envelopes. However, I can't stand the taste of the part of the envelope meant to be licked. Last year I used tape to seal each envelope but ...
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Make suction cups suck

I want to attach some suction cups to a surface, such as a ceramic tile. The suction cups tend to stick for a little while, but inevitably fall off sooner or later, possibly due to microscopic pores ...
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How to keep sticky notes from falling down?

I love sticky notes. I have them on my wall, on my desk, on my face, etc. However, if a breeze occurs or time passes, they fall down. I've tried using a piece of clear tape, which works, but is ...
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How do I remove a car window sticker?

We recently bought a new - used - vehicle that has two window stickers on it. I want to remove both of them, however the one that I particularly want to remove is very firmly stuck. I tried to ...
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Best method of getting a wine label off a wine bottle?

In the "old days" wine labels used to soak off in warm water, presumably because they used plain paper and a water-based glue. Nowadays 99.34% of labels are of the self-adhesive variety, laser-cut ...
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Easiest way to remove adhesive from shirts?

I recently went to an event, and we had to wear name tags. Then, I forgot to remove the name tags before I washed it. When it came out, It had a white stain. I found out that the stain was some sort ...
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How to restore Sticker's stickiness?

I have some old stickers from my collection that are almost fallen off of their backing paper. I was wondering if there's a decent way to restore them and they would still be stickers (would be able ...
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How to remove printed labels from the backing easily?

I have just spent the best part of 10 minutes trying to peel away the back of a double sided sticky tape like sticker (specifically a label just printed from a label printer) and I thought that there ...
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Removing and restoring stickers/decals

I have a collection of coal minig stickers that were my father's. They are all in good condition and I want to preserve them and keep them safe. I took them to a local chain store hobby shop to be ...
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What would be a good adhesive for DIY sticky note?

We have a small restaurant where we have a form that is filled out by the order taker and put on the wall where the cooks and other food preparers see it and prepare the food accordingly. When the ...
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How to remove sticker from car windshield without tearing it

How to remove a sticker from the inside of a car windshield which I want to leave undamaged so that it can be used on another car. The stickers are for car insurance, road tax (vignette) or other ...
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Turn up adhesive stick forever dried up

I'm afraid my adhesive sticks tend to dry out over time. I dare say I quite often don't close them well enough. Does anybody know of a way to revive them when this has happens, or are they absolute ...
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Keep a rug lying flat on a carpet

I've got a large rug (7 feet by 5 feet, or 2.1 metre by 1.5 metre) in my living room with a coffee table on top (see image below). As you can see, the rug keeps curling, particularly around the coffee ...
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Attaching plastic rods to midsole of a shoe

I'm trying to make an external ankle-foot orthotic for myself. Most all of these devices have a foot plate that goes inside the shoe and is uncomfortable as hell after any length of time. I'm trying ...
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Electrical tape that doesn't get sticky over time

Regardless of which brand I buy or where I buy it from, the electrical tapes always get sticky over time. As I use them on USB cables and my earphone cables, it irritates me because it is a "high-...
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How do I stop the ends of curtain poles (finials) falling off without making a hole in them?

We've recently moved into a rented house in which we aren't meant to make holes in the fittings. Several of the curtains are hung on wooden poles, like these. The end curtain ring on each side is ...
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How to clean Blu Tack?

I use Blu Tack quite a lot in my day to day work - keeping things in a fixed position while working on them etc... But I have noticed that after a couple of weeks of usage they become quite dirty ...
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Removing instant adhesive from skin

Recently, I bought a powerful instant adhesive: But after its use, I found my skin covered with a layer of adhesive liquid. I tried to remove it by rubbing my fingers on a rough surface, washing with ...
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How can I get the effect of a Band-Aid -like tape?

Is there a way to make or get Band-Aid tape? I want a skin-applicable adhesive that works without the absorbent patch on it. Is there another similar tape or a way to get this kind of sticky adhesive ...
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How can I open or loosen a metal screw cap of a bottle of polyester resin?

does anyone know how I can open or loosen a metal screw cap of a bottle of polyester resin which is stuck with the resin? Last time I used this resin was 3 months ago and I wiped the mouth of the ...
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How to glue wood pieces together nicely without clamps?

I'm trying to nicely glue together several pieces of wood like pictured below. The tool for this job is a clamp or multiple clamps. I don't have a clamp though. Is there some other way to nicely glue ...
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Separating rolling papers, that have stuck together

Occasionally tobacco rolling papers can get stuck together when the pack gets slightly damp/moist. I usually try slowly pulling them apart, but this results in the papers ripping 4 out of 5 times. ...
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How to repair silicone rubber?

I have a pump which parts are made up of silicone rubber, one of its part has been torned a bit, and I want to seal that crack. None of the adhesive work on it, they don't stick at all. Can anyone ...
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How to stick a photo to a glass?

I need to glue a printed photo to a glass, and I need the glue to be completely transparent since the photo will be watched through the glass. I've read that 3M Super 77 would work, it states that it ...
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How can I repair these glasses?

Here's a pic of my broken glasses: The glasses have broken on the top corners and hence the sticks have separated as seen in the pic. Is there any way I can stick/fix the glasses? Any glue? Any hack?
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Prevent pens from falling out of shirt pocket

I'm a student and I like to carry my two pens on pocket of my shirt. However, occasionally I need to run. Sometimes I need to grovel for praying. How can I prevent them from falling out? They have ...
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How to permanently fix deity's idol on car dashboard?

I have bought a new car. For keeping gods grace, we use to fix our favorite deity's idol on cars dashboard. Thus I tried to fix one whose picture I am attaching below. The problem is, since idol is ...
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How to remove superglue from a desk?

I recently went away for the weekend and came back to work to find a pot of superglue was left on its side and now there is glue everywhere. I have managed to remove the pot of glue from the desk and ...
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Plastic wrap sticking to spine of Blu-Ray disc packages

One thing that drives me nuts about Blu-Rays is that for some reason the packaging methodology causes the outer cellophane-like wrap to stick to the spine of disc case, so when you take it off, there ...
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How to COMPLETELY peel off a sticky price tag or label on a book or item without the gunky residue?

Sometimes I wonder if the stores realize that the price tags and labels (the sticky, gluey kind) they put on books and other items are such a hassle for their consumers and can often damage book ...
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How to make cyanoacrylate glue (super glue) not stick to skin?

What can be applied to skin (fingers) to not make cyanoacrylate glue (super glue) stick on it? Can something like oil help?
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Flatten Bumpy Stickers After Heated

I recently switched laptops and used a hairdryer to remove stickers from my laptop. I now want to restick them on my new laptop but some are a bit bumpy. What's the best way to smooth them out ...
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How do I remove 3M adhesive from any solid surface?

I stuck a utility hook with 3M adhesive, removed it, but the adhesive residue is left behind.
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What is the best way to tape a cardboard box?

While moving recently, my wife and I had a lengthy discussion on where tape should be placed on a box in order to maximize strength while using the least amount of tape possible. Assuming we already ...
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How to remove a postage stamp from an envelope? [duplicate]

Stamps can be pretty expensive and I sometimes accidentally stick them in the wrong place on a letter I wish to send, and they're not the easiest things to remove so I figure there must be a way to ...
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Which adhesive to glue metal and plastic parts of laptop lcd cover?

The plastic part in the cover of my laptop is stripped off from the metal cover. The bottom grey part where screw houses are placed. Which adhesive should be used to glue them back together?
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Glass photo Adhesive suggestion

I need to glue/adhesive a printed photo to a glass, and I need the glue to be completely transparent since the photo will be watched through the glass.
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Removing a very sticky masking tape on motorcycle body

Good day to all. This question is quite similar with this one on this site, though this one is not yet hardened but just so sticky. I bought this motorcycle a week ago and they put some kind of mark ...
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Need material I can step on to remove dog hair from shoes (electrostatic?)

Want material I can step on that will remove dog hair via static electricity or mild stickiness.
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How to fix a tablet on car dashboard?

I want to fix a 7-inch Android tablet on my car dashboard. It will be used as map navigator, music player (via Bluetooth) among other applications. Following images may help you understand the ...
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How to remove/wash away instant glues if fallen in hand

When working with instant glues they fall onto my hands and create an unwashable glue spot which is not good in feel, so is there any way I can remove/wash away instant glue.
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Removing Paper glued to wood

I have a letter glued onto plywood and want to remove it. What is the best way?. I haven’t tried anything yet because it is an historical document.
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How to stick photographs to a glass bottle?

I’m looking to cut out some pictures that are on photo paper, and stick them to a vodka bottle (on the outside) for my friends bday. Will this work? If so what kind of glue should I use? Will ...
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How can I stop a comb from falling out of clothing pockets?

My dad has a long habit of combing his hair every few hours, but all his shirts' and pants' pockets are open as in this picture: no zippers or buttons to fasten the pocket. While on the job, he can'...
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Fuse / patch two papers side-by-side without noticeable seam?

Today I got a raffle ticket which is used for our seminar party last night. The ticket was torn in half by scissor so that one half is in the rolling bucket and the other half is the guests' hands. ...
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What can I use to rejoin porcelain broken pieces?

Background: I have in my room a porcelain statue given to me by my mother. This morning, I forgot the statue's location and it fell to the ground. Fortunately, it didn't break completely, but its ...
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How to remove gum from clothing while traveling?

Suppose you're on a train or on an airplane, going on vacation. And darts a piece of chewing gum stick to your clothing. Enough pressure and time have been applied so that it doesn't come off right ...
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What sort of adhesive should I use to run a wire along my car's plastic trim?

I replaced the stereo in my car, and the set came with a microphone that I've hung from my rear-view mirror. It has a long, thin wire coated in plastic insulation that needs to run to the head unit. ...
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How to remove marker and paint from wall?

Children have a bad habit to remove any where with permanent stuff like markers and paint. It is not easy to remove that stuff from wall. It looks so ugly. How can I remove these things from the wall?