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Old 06-20-2009, 03:55 AM   #1
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Default Glue and other material for mending broken things

Things break, and when the shops are out of stuff, or things are not being manufactured anymore, then you need to have some stocks of equipment and materials at hand in order to mend broken stuff.

Here is a little list to get you thinking. Please feel free to respond with any stuff I left out or further ideas:

Consolidated list so far
  • Duct tape. (Duck tape). "Gaffer tape" I am sure the universe is held together with this stuff really. Expensive, but very useful to have on hand in an emergency.
  • Glue - There are many kinds, have a broad spectrum of different glues that are suitable for a wide range of materials. Sniffing mentioned as an alternative use. To include “Shoe goo” - Unified Serenity
    (NB: Technically this is regular polyurethane glue ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe_Goo ) , but it is a good example of the kinds of reasons you need to have a good range of different types)
  • Araldite - ensure your selection contains Araldite (Epoxy Resin) - for when you have the time to let it cure, this is hard to beat as a glue. If it can bond concrete joins in the Sydney Opera house, then you can be sure it will be good for mending your stuff ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araldite )
  • Epoxy putty - this is a putty that comes in two parts like Araldite - when mixed it starts the epoxy curing process. Very strong, and can be waterproof. Universal mending agent - bit like duct tape.
  • Hot glue - my favorite, with a glue gun like this http://www.justtools.com.au/prod855.htm there is not much you cant stick - other brands are available, no preference, they are all good! Get lots of glue sticks!
  • Wire. Give me wire and duct tape and I can fix anything – sleepingnomore, (also wire coat-hangers!)
  • Screws & nails - shred, should probably add nuts and bolts to this as well
  • Tie wraps (Zip Ties) – Dantheman62
  • Needles and thread. Sewing awl for leather and heavier materials. Fabric glue and iron-on mending tape or iron-on patches for patching. – Jnana
  • A heavy duty staple gun and staples. Don't forget a heavy duty pair of scissors and a knife sharpener – sleepingnomore
  • Sellotape http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sellotape
  • Electricians PVC tape
  • Self annealing tape
  • Rolls of aluminimum foil
  • String


Thanks for the contributions - really good - if there are any more, keep them coming..

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Old 06-20-2009, 03:34 PM   #2
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Wait, you can fix things with glue? And here I was just sniffing it all the time!

But seriously, thanks for the list Anchor!
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Old 06-21-2009, 01:09 AM   #3
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Don't forget wire. Give me wire and duct tape and I can fix anything.
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Old 06-21-2009, 11:39 AM   #4
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mmm glue.. DOH ! lol Dont forget screws & nails :-)


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Old 06-21-2009, 12:53 PM   #5
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Yes!

I forgot some interesting stuff it seems - also what about:

Wire coathangers!
Nuts and bolts
Scrap wood

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Old 06-21-2009, 05:03 PM   #6
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Tie wraps (Zip Ties), I think there's always going to be nails, screws, nuts and bolts laying around in junkyards, and empty houses, if need be.
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Old 06-21-2009, 06:07 PM   #7
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Shoe goo is very useful for fixing things too! I repaired my partners glasses and you couldn't see the goo at all. Great stuff to have on hand.
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Old 06-21-2009, 10:24 PM   #8
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Tie wraps (Zip Ties), I think there's always going to be nails, screws, nuts and bolts laying around in junkyards, and empty houses, if need be.
Tie wraps - yes!, I forgot those and they are massively important. I have repaired heaps of things with those!

Keep these ideas coming and I will make a new list with everything.

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Old 06-22-2009, 02:41 PM   #9
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Needles and thread. Sewing awl for leather and heavier materials. Fabric glue and iron-on mending tape or iron-on patches for patching.
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:21 PM   #10
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A heavy duty staple gun and staples. Don't forget a heavy duty pair of scissors and a knife sharpener.

*also, not for repairing but I think it's going to be very important if fuel supplies including electricity are out: a high quality white goose down comforter with a high quality thread count (to keep the feathers in) covered with space blankets duct taped around the edges for water proofing and protection from insects. You can wrap this around you indoors or outdoors and sleep curled up in it if travelling, it's a little more practical than a sleeping bag as the space blanket will reflect heat.

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Old 06-23-2009, 04:21 AM   #11
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Default Re: Glue and other material for mending broken things

Thanks for the additions, I consolidated them in the OP - feel free to suggest more.

I'm adding some more I just realised

Sellotape http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sellotape
Electricians PVC tape
Self annealing tape
Rolls of aluminimum foil
String


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