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  Hi All.  Some time ago? I purchased a Hot Glue Gun ( from a famous online site) I read the instructions , plugged it in andwaited. But I wasn’t impressed with it. Until today? when I thought that I would give it a second chance, wouldn’t you just know it, I cannot remember where I put it, but, I found the sticks measuring 7.2 x 100 mm. Is this a regular size?
My question is, should I buy a new one or find another way to glue plywood to steel/ iron???  Best wishes Kevin 



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I'm pretty sure there are 2 sizes, he one I have now is definitely a bit smaller than my previous one.

They do take an age to heat up to the required level but suspect that is mainly because there is not room in them to fit a higher power heating element probably including some form of thermostatic control.

The other disadvantage is that they usually leave a thin string of glue as you pull away from the job,that being said trhey do have their uses.



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Hi Mike. Thank you for your reply. I did notice that strings effect.  Best wishes Kevin 



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Hi Kevin,

Any flexible general construction adhesive or marine glue should work. As should most contact adhesives (small areas). Not the water- based ones though for obvious reasons. I have had poor results with CAA unless it is small pieces and no load. Silicone (marine grade if you can find it) works fine as well. As does Liquid Nails. Large areas will need the ply kerfing. Otherwise expansion and contraction will peel it off like a ripe banana skin. Avoid cheap ply. MDF is actually more stable.

Anything but cheap hot melt glue of indeterminate property and composition. Use the electricity to make a brew. 

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Hi Nigel. Thank you.  Very interesting. My project will not be flexible . The previous occasion was a school science project, the ply will not be going anywhere? except maybe the bin? It is just an exercise in time wasting . As a replacement for the telly, another time wasting exercise.   Best wishes Kevin 



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Mike is correct Kevin there are 2 standard sizes and your sticks are the smaller standard size.

They sometimes call them a mini glue gun at that size but not always i have 2 that size one says mini the other doesnt.

they are both rated at 60 watts if that helps you getting a replacement if the glue stick size is not stated


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Hi Brian. Thank you for your reply. I suppose that is what you can get by shopping online. I may yet track down my hot glue gun? But I will not lose too much sleep over it, if I don’t. But if I do replace it, I have so many 7.2mm sticks I don’t know whether to purchase a small one or cut my losses and find someone that can use them. And purchase the standard size.  Best wishes Kevin 



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Your glue sticks are standard Kevin yours is the smaller standard glue gun size.

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hi again Kevin,
If your not happy with using a glue gun, these will glue anything you want!  The superglue gives you a little wiggle time but the gel is pretty instant.



I use these for just about everything  that does`nt need soldering......


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Me too!  Great stuff!



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Hi John. Thank you.  I knew? One Modeller with fat paws, who did a bogie repair on his new “S Type “ Underground train with Gorilla Glue, and then wondered why it wouldn’t go round bends.   Best wishes Kevin 



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Hi Kevin,

CAA, Gorilla included, has a tough time with Delrin, acetal or nylon (3D prints). The  label states "most plastics". Even when the surfaces are keyed. Regular Gorilla glue, like most urethane-based glues, expands during curing and needs clamping. Otherwise stuff doesn't fit anymore.

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Hi Nigel. Thank you. I will have to remember that about gorilla glue. I have so much catching up to do with modern adhesives.  Best wishes Kevin 



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