7 Ways Glue Guns Can Improve Your Life

Written By Alla Levin
August 12, 2021

7 Ways Glue Guns Can Improve Your Life

Glue guns are fun pieces of equipment – especially when it comes to crafts. But tragically, most spend their lives sitting in drawers in your garage, never being used. That’s because most of us don’t realize just how versatile they can be. In this post, we take a look at some of the best ways that you can use glue guns to improve your home – and your life.

Improve Your Woodworking

Glue guns are a woodworking staple. But they are actually more versatile than many realize. For instance, many woodworkers use hot melt glue to form a weak bond between two pieces of wood that they can then easily break later when they no longer need to hold pieces together. It is also good for forming a quick clamp during prototyping.

Make Quick Roman Shades

You can also use glue guns to make quick Roman shades. Instead of learning how to sew and then spending hours integrating material with the blind mechanism, you can glue the material onto the rail using a thick band of glue.

Plug Nail Holes

Plugging nail holes is another easy application that works like a treat. If you’re working with a section of wood with a nail hole you’re not going to use in the future, then plugging it with glue can help make it more attractive. You drip some hot glue into the hole and then sand it down to eliminate any bumps. Once you paint the wood, any evidence that there was ever a hole should disappear for good.

Fix A Screwhole

You can do the same for a stripped screw hole. If it isn’t working anymore, fill it with glue, sand it down, and paint it over as before. This method is particularly effective on plyboard.

Make Your Rugs GrippierMake Your Rugs Grippier

Hot melt adhesive manufacturers make their glues of synthetic polymers. These have a sort of plasticated finish that creates a grippy, tacky surface when dry.

If you have a rug in your hallway or living room that slips around haphazardly, then use your glue gun to create some sticky pads. Dot patches of glue on the back of the rug and then allow them to dry. Then, place the rug back down on the floor, so the dried glue comes into contact with the surface. You should notice that any slipping or sliding is much reduced.

Resize A Ring

If you lose weight, old rings may no longer fit. But that’s okay, so long as you have a glue gun. Instead of resizing every ring in your collection, you can apply a thin layer of glue to the ring’s interior. The glue won’t be visible from the outside, and it can make your finger fit more snugly. If you ever need to return the ring to its original size, you can chip the glue back off again.

Close Shipping Boxes

You can skip the annoying tape and quickly seal boxes using a glue gun if you sell goods online. It could save you both time and money.

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