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    A Couple of Useful Items

    If you're a half vast handyman like me, you might find these items useful some day.
    Our old(er) dining room table developed a loose leg and got very shaky. It's one of those 1930s Duncan Fyffe style with curved legs coming out of two pedestals. I turned the table upside down and the loose leg just came off with a slight tug. It had old brown hot glue that had dried up so I scraped it off as best I could. There were a couple of dowels that looked like they had never been glued at all.
    For the repair I used:
    1. Gorilla wood glue. It has a handy applicator tip, requires only about 30 minutes of clamping and reaches 80% strength in a couple of hours. It's easy to clean up any excess with a wet paper towel. Note this isn't the normal Gorilla glue but specially formulated for wood.
    2. Elmer clamping tape. The legs on the table were curved and no way a normal F or C clamp would fit. This tape is super stretchy and only sticks to itself. You wrap it around the joint stretching as you go, then stick it, and wrap it around again. A couple of strips held the leg securely in place.

    After leaving overnight I removed the tape and turned the table back over. It's in service again and feels pretty solid.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RayMac View Post
    If you're a half mast handyman like me
    Half what now ? Is this some canadian slang ?
    (Yes I've changed it to mast for comedy effect)

    You've got plenty of spare time now haven't you Ray, I see you're picking jobs that didn't really need doing ?

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    I see you're picking jobs that didn't really need doing ?
    You obviously don't live with my wife, or a reasonable facsimile thereof.


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    ahhhhhh a task list

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    Gorilla Glue and Gorilla Tape, two of the greatest inventions ever!
    "Either He's Dead, Or My Watch Has Stopped....."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nokie View Post
    Gorilla Glue and Gorilla Tape, two of the greatest inventions ever!
    Ah yes the amount of things I use tape to hold things together. At work we joke that it's good for fixing leaks up to about 5 bar (that's about 70psi for our colonial cousins).

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    A couple 12 gauge batten screws will make sure it doesn't happen again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domo View Post
    A couple 12 gauge batten screws will make sure it doesn't happen again
    I think the Canadian equivalent is the Robertson screw.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RayMac View Post
    I think the Canadian equivalent is the Robertson screw.
    And do you tighten them in Canada by turning anti-clockwise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domo View Post
    And do you tighten them in Canada by turning anti-clockwise?
    That would be Australia

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