Super glue is one of those great scientific discoveries with numerous versatile uses. Due to the glue's chemistry it can work with most anything containing water. The monomers of cyanoacrylate respond to water and clump together forming polymers, adhering objects together. Here are the top 5 best uses for super glue.
1. Temporary Wood Mounts
When attempting to mount two (or more) pieces of wood together, the task of holding the wood in place can become down right aggravating. By applying super glue to the wood the adhesive will work quickly, temporarily allowing you a freer range of motion to properly nail, screw, or fix the boards together. Super glue was never intended to be a long lasting wood adhesive, allowing you to later deconstruct the boards if necessary.
2. Stopping Runs in Nylons or Pulls in Sweaters
Due to the incredibly small size of a tube of super glue, it is a great accessory to stash in your purse when your nylons run or your sweater catches. By dabbing a bit of super glue on the start of the run or pull, the super glue seals the nylon fibers and they no longer continue to run. Be sure to wiggle the nylon fabric as the super glue is drying or it will stick the nylons to your legs. The same is true for a frayed or unraveling edge on a sweater. By dabbing a bit of super glue on the fibers, they will be held in place, preventing further damage before you can fix the snag.
3. Preserving Snowflakes
The polymers of super glue activate in response to water. For this reason, many of the images of snowflakes and much scientific research on the composition of snow is done using super glue to seal the flake from melting. Place the super glue and two slides or sheet protectors in the freezer for a couple of hours. Once chilled, take the slides/sheet protectors outside into the snow. When a flake of snow lands on the cold slide it won't melt. Apply the cold super glue over the top and immediately stick another slide/sheet protector over it. Don't press down hard enough to smash the snowflake. Put the snowflake in the freezer until the super glue hardens. When you remove the slide, the snowflake will never melt.
4. Auto Maintenance
Super glue is a great quick fix to have in your glove compartment for many minor car repairs. Cracked tail lights, disconnected side mirrors, loose rear-view mirrors, and sealing ripped vinyl upholstery are just a few of the uses for Super glue in your car.
5. Emergency Kit
Super glue works small wonders in an emergency kit. It is a small enough tube to not take up large space, but can do multiple things where first aide is concerned. When applied liberally over blisters, the super glue acts as a buffer for further irritation. Also, super glue can be used for suturing wounds quickly. By squeezing the skin around the cut closed and then liberally applying super glue to the top, the wound is quickly sealed. Cover the wound with an clean gauze bandage once the super glue has dried.