We’re sticking by you in this article! We know that there is nothing more frustrating than wanting to do a quick DIY job at home but not being sure on which glue to use- especially when there are so many types of glue out there. That’s why we’ve done our research and put a clear guide together, so you can get yourself out of that sticky DIY situation quickly!


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When repairing a wobbly piece of furniture, always use a PVA adhesive. It is simple to use, doesn’t need mixing, and can be sanded down easily. Also, it dries clear so you don’t have to worry about mess! PVA can be used on almost any surface, including timber, metal and masonry. It is known as the best glue to use on wood, however, make sure that you get rid of any ‘old’ glue between the joints, and put a firm clamp on the wood parts being bonded to prevent any movement (which makes the glue weaker). It’s also worth double checking that you’re using a water resistant PVA glue prior to trying it out on garden furniture!

PVA advantages

-Only toxic if you eat it
-No dangerous fumes or hazards
-Can be diluted with water

PVA disadvantages

-Can take up to 24 hours to dry
-Not fully waterproof
-Certain algae and types of fungi can break it down

Skirting Boards

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When securing skirting boards, we recommend using a construction adhesive. It is multipurpose and heavy duty and can come in a cartridge, tube or pressure pack. To fix your skirting boards, first make sure that all the surfaces are dry and free of dust. Then, cut the nozzle to the right thickness (this should be around 5mm) and apply this to the top and bottom of the back of the skirting board. Bring the surfaces together and manoeuvre the skirting boards back into position before holding them up with tape. Allow 24 hours for the adhesive to fully set before removing the tape.

Construction Glue advantages

-Reduces the need for screws, nails and other fasteners
-Flexible and waterproof which makes it perfect for outdoor use (fix your decking with it!)

Construction Glue disadvantages

-Can be very toxic
-Can be flammable

Fixing Ornaments

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If you recently broke a treasured ornament then all hope is not lost! Superglue, or cyanoacryates, are perfect for small repairs when you need a strong and waterproof bond. This makes it perfect for fixing glass, ceramics and toys. The key to using superglue, is that less is more!  If you’re worried about using too much glue on a small ornament, then tip it onto some tine foil first and use a toothpick to apply it precisely over the damage.

Super Glue advantages

-You only need a small amount, so one tube can last you a very long time!
-Often very cheap and easy to find
-Dries very quickly
-It’s clear!

Super Glue disadvantages

-If it comes into contact with your skin it can be painful and difficult to remove! (We recommend trying to remove it with kitchen oils or WD-40)
-It can sometime dry too quickly, making it impossible to make mistakes
-The glue can dry up quickly if not stored correctly

Reattaching Laminate

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Damaged edges of laminate benchtops can be glued down easily using a contact adhesive. The rubbery glue is available as either a solvent or water-based type, and can be applied to the surface with a brush before pushing the surfaces together while the glue is still tacky. The adhesive glue bonds on contact, therefore, you won’t need a clamp!

Contact Adhesive advantages

-No need for clamps!
-Dries quickly, making it perfect for a quick touch-up
-Has a long lifespan

Contact Adhesive disadvantages

-Can be expensive
-Can be very toxic! Make sure that you read the label thoroughly before use.

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