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

The component "super glue" is made of is cyanoacrylate which polymerizes in the presence of water. This actually is the opposite of drying out. The humidity of air already brings a ...
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How to seal envelopes without licking

The best alternative I found to licking was using a damp sponge. Simply tap the sticky part of the envelope on the wet sponge a few times and there you go. Lacking a sponge, anything like a washcloth,...
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How to seal envelopes without licking

Buy envelopes with an adhesive band on the seal that's protected by an easy-to-remove film (“peel and seal”), like I do. Don't they make them in your country? You can apply ordinary office sticky ...
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How to seal envelopes without licking

Another alternative is to use a glue stick, I found glue sticks to be very fast and efficient. A slower option is to use double sided tape as well, but certainly that's not easier than the other ...
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Make suction cups suck

Put a little oil on the suction cup. Oil does not evaporate as quickly as water and also forms a better seal. In the kitchen, you should use an edible oil such as olive or coconut oil.
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Best method of getting a wine label off a wine bottle?

According to Popular Mechanics the most effective method was using baking soda and water: Baking Soda and Water Directions: Three bottles, 16 tablespoons of baking soda and 32 cups of water, ...
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How to keep sticky notes from falling down?

Your notes are probably falling down because you separate the note you need from another note incorrectly, i.e. by pulling from the end of sticky note. Therefore sticky edge bends and the note pulls ...
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How should I store super glue to prevent it from drying out?

The simplest way to store it is using a screw top jar (like a jam or jelly jar) and some silica Gel. That's the bagged stuff that comes with electronics and so on. Designed to suck all of the moisture ...
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How should I store super glue to prevent it from drying out?

I've had good luck by putting petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on a pin or nail and sticking that in the bottle before putting the cap on or creating a ring of the same on the edge of the container. ...
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Electrical tape that doesn't get sticky over time

Heat-shrink tubing is effective and long-lasting. There is no adhesive to smear. The tubing can also be used over a tape wrap, which can be helpful if large-diameter tubing is needed to slip over a ...
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What would be a good adhesive for DIY sticky note?

The fast food place I go has a clipping strip on the 'wall' and uses a stapler to add the note to the bag. When you search internet for -double sided adhesive strip dispensers- you will find a big ...
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How should I store super glue to prevent it from drying out?

I presently practice medicine, however before I became a doctor I worked as a sales manager for a medical manufacture that used cyanoacrylate to bind tissue instead of suture, just like they used ...
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How to seal envelopes without licking

An alternative to the wet sponge is your finger. Just dip it into a glas of water. Intuitive and always applicable. To answer the comment: Paper can cause cuts at it's rigde. Place the envelope flat ...
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How do I remove a car window sticker?

For starters try using your hair blower to add heat to the sticker, and see if that doesn't help pulling it off. Next step would be to use a scraper of some sort, i.e. oven scraper or paint scraper, ...
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Easiest way to remove adhesive from shirts?

I understand adhesives you have mentioned here are mild like labels, tapes, Glues & stickers not the harder epoxy resins or wax glue. So I answer here only for mild adhesives. Mild adhesives can ...
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How to remove sticker from car windshield without tearing it

If it is a plastic sticker, try to heat up the window from the other side of the sticker so it becomes somewhat loose, then you can gently peel it off and it should come right off. However, if it is ...
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How to restore Sticker's stickiness?

This may not be a life hack as it describes using an adhesive agent, but it is a great fix for the sticker problem. I am not certain it was designed to fix stickers so this may still be a hack... but ...
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Separating rolling papers, that have stuck together

Dampening the adhesive part will help you separate them again, but you'll find that you're just using up more of the glue and the paper will be harder to stick. Ideally, keep your rolling papers in ...
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How to remove printed labels from the backing easily?

One of my co-workers saw me struggling with this problem and pointed out that our labelmaker has a special tool built into the plastic next to the cutter. You stick the end of the label in and pull ...
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What is the best way to tape a cardboard box?

How to securely seal a cardboard box with tape Before you put anything into a cardboard box, you should tape up the bottom of the box. If you don’t, and only fold the bottom of the box flaps over ...
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How to COMPLETELY peel off a sticky price tag or label on a book or item without the gunky residue?

Use a hair dryer and pull perpendicular. It softens the glue so that it stays on the sticker instead of the book. Glue residue can be removed with white spirits. However, some glues are really hard ...
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What would be a good adhesive for DIY sticky note?

You can get the same adhesive as Post-It notes in the form of a glue stick, effectively turning any piece of paper into a Post-It note.
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Fuse / patch two papers side-by-side without noticeable seam?

Turn the ticket over and work on the back. First, clean the desk where you will work. Use good lighting in your work area. Wash your hands thoroughly. Carefully match the two pieces and join them ...
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How to seal envelopes without licking

Use a cool mist humidifier. I discovered this by accident one day. Stuffy nose & allergies so I brought a humidifier to work. Just run the glue part of the envelope back & forth across the ...
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Make suction cups suck

You could also try petroleum jelly. While it isn't glue, it does help with adhesion. You can wash it off the walls. If the wall you are trying to suction cup to can absorb liquid, it is possible that ...
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Easiest way to remove adhesive from shirts?

I use warm (via a microwave) white vinegar to help dissolve the adhesive. Apply the warm vinegar with a sponge and let it soak before washing again. (Further reading)
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Best method of getting a wine label off a wine bottle?

you can also boil the bottles in a large pot of water for a few minutes, provided your pot is big enough. When my friends and I reclaim used beer bottles to bottle our homemade brew, this is always ...
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How to clean Blu Tack?

It isn't reasonably possible. It may be possible to melt it down, burn the impurities, and remold the glue. But here's what you need to consider: Would it work? Maybe, maybe not. Is it safe? Again, ...
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How to remove printed labels from the backing easily?

What I do to remove printed labels is bend the paper slightly at the corner or edge of the label. The corner of the label should pop up where it can be grabbed. The backing is made so the label will ...
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How to glue wood pieces together nicely without clamps?

If you want a good looking finished product, nothing will compare to using the correct tools for the job. That being said you could tie string around the boards and do a tourniquet type thing to ...
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