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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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Hi Brian. Today whilst looking for something else, I found my “ multimeter “ , “ hot glue gun “ and last but not least my “ wheel cleaner “ . I really need an au pair? Best wishes Kevin 

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Here  you go, Kevin.



Her name is Justine.

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Trust you Max

Kevin will be asking how to scratchbuild  Viagra now :shock:

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Viagra is all well and fine, so long as you swallow it quickly, Brian.

Otherwise you can end up with a stiff neck.  :shock:

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Hi Max    Thank you. Spot on , as long as Justine doesn’t wear the same size shoes as me,  what is her number?  Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi Brian. With Justine about, viagra would be superpurfluous, even at my age. Best wishes Kevin 

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MaxSouthOz wrote: Viagra is all well and fine, so long as you swallow it quickly, Brian.

Otherwise you can end up with a stiff neck.  :shock:

SWMBO has got me on a daily dose of 1/8th of a Viagra tablet. It's nothing to do with the 'horizontal gavotte' side of things, more an attempt to stop me dripping on the toilet seat or my new Xmas slippers.....

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Hi Doug. I was going to arrange an appointment with my GP with a similar request, but I have so many pairs of trousers in the wash, I have nothing to wear.   Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi Max.  Now that I have found my “ hot glue gun “ , I have been seeing what I can glue with it, I had some single terminal blocks, which were not much good to anyone as of course, they didn’t have a screw hole to secure them. Brilliant, they really did stick like glue :mutley:mutley:mutley. I always use EvoStik woodworking adhesive for timber, but, I thought that I would experiment with the hot glue gun? Not a patch on EvoStik . Any printable comments please??Best wishes Kevin 

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Hot melt glue is, IMHO, just a quick "tack" job Kevin.  You're right in that it won't bond properly to smooth faces - I think maybe it dries too quickly and therefore doesn't have time to key into anything much.

It does have it's uses - in a "no load" situation just to hold things steady but it's no replacement for "proper" glue.

I use it for trial setups before final glueing - a sort of "spot weld" ......................

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Hi Petermac. Thank you for your reply. As I read your reply, I am testing the single terminal blocks that i stuck to plywood with the hot glue. Fingers crossed 🤞 is seems okay for now.  Best wishes Kevin 

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It should be fine to hold choc blocks in place Kevin as long as they aren't prone to getting knocked about much. We used to use tonnes of the stuff to make up tile sample boards, sticking tiles to the smooth side of white  hardboard.  They stayed put through general daily use in display stands but then could be stripped off by tucking a paint scraper down the back of the tile and wacking it with a hammer to pop the tile off. The other option is silicone but the glue gun was much better as the glue hardens much faster than silicone. It's also worth  remembering decorators caulk which although slower drying gives a fairly flexible but reasonably strong bond. Use it for sticking polistyrene or fibreboard, hardboard or even thin plywood and plastics to each other. Or to stick buildings down, plaster or plastic bridge arches in place, stone walling etc
   I wouldn't be without a tube around the workshop

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Thank you for your reply. Matt , there should not be any chance of them getting knocked off , fingers crossed.Best wishes Kevin 

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Watch out Peckham residents Kevin is now armed with a fully loaded glue gun :mutley


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Briperran wrote: Watch out Peckham residents Kevin is now armed with a fully loaded glue gun :mutley


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Will Alan make this a sticky I wonder ............................... :cheers

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Very good. Brian, but West Countrypeople had better be careful ? Rick Stein is about and fish are getting harder to catch.Best wishes Kevin 

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Hi Petermac.  Thank you. A sticky what? Wicket?  Best wishes Kevin 

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Passed Driver wrote: Very good. Brian, but West Countrypeople had better be careful ? Rick Stein is about and fish are getting harder to catch.Best wishes Kevin 
Only the Emmits  buy Rick Stein`s fish and chips Kevin at £20 a pop us poor cornish cant afford that or were not that stupid.
But you are correct about it becoming harder to catch fish

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Hi again Brian. Living nay existing in London, £7.50 for Cod and chips at my local chip shop is a bit rich.Best wishes Kevin 

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Even the fish and chips shops here in the village there are 3 are around £7 for basic cod an chips

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Briperran wrote: Watch out Peckham residents Kevin is now armed with a fully loaded glue gun :mutley


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Does that need a licence?   :hmm

You need to visit Faversham guys!  Freshly caught fish and chips £6  And if you go to Ossies, they will throw in a free sausage, or an extra piece of fish.  And a mountain of chips!

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All this chish and fips reminded me that fish glue is of course superior to regular glue, and has the advantage that it is reactivated if moistened.
I had a glue gun. Once. That is when I found out that white foam board and hot glue is a poor combination. Terminal blocks have holes for screws. Them things at the end of the block or in between the terminals for the wimpy mini ones. It's true, I just checked Wiki.Tends to keep them in place and the position is easy changed. Clever that.

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I still have a hot glue gun in a box somewhere, used just once some 20 years ago to fix softwood edge trim to kitchen units. The trim began to fall off a few months later and if the gun ever comes to light again, it's going in the bin where it belongs. Silly marketing idea to fleece a few bob out of a new fad.

So why do something the wrong way, when you can do it right first time round? 

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Hi Bill. Thank you for your reply. Touch wood? It worked for me, for now at least.  Best wishes Kevin 


                 

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