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More Simple Home Repairs, and a Fun Project

   

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Successful home repairs are built on Elmer’s adhesives.

  • Rickety wooden tables and chairs are annoying, but easily fixed. The wobble is often due to the fact that the legs have become loose from the sockets, not because of uneven legs. First, find the loose table or chair leg. Pull it from its socket and clean the leg and socket hole of wood debris. Apply a liberal amount of Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Glue to the socket hole. Fit the leg back into the socket and wipe away excess glue with a damp cloth. It’s important to use a clamp to make certain the leg and socket remain tight while the glue dries. Don’t neglect this step! Sand and paint or stain the bond if you wish.
  • Peeling wallpaper can be tricky to repair. Yanking wallpaper at the seam is a common DIY mistake. Instead, moisten a sponge with warm water and hold over the peeling area for a couple of minutes, and slowly pull the paper from the wall. Place Elmer’s Glue-All behind the paper and press it into place with the sponge. Run a roller over the repaired area for a smooth look and wipe away excess glue.
  • Using Elmer’s Glue-All to achieve a crackle finish on furniture is a popular way to give pieces a custom look. To achieve: Coat the object with acrylic craft paint. Once the paint is dry, cover the painted surface completely with Elmer’s Glue-All. This may take a lot of glue, but the results are worth it. Apply a second coat of paint to the object while the glue is still wet. As the paint dries, the surface appears to become “crackled.” Let dry and apply a second coat of Elmer’s Glue-All to seal.

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Home Repairs Are Quick and Easy with Elmer’s

   

Warmer weather motivates many homeowners to tackle home repairs. Elmer’s can help you complete that to-do list and get your home ready for the busy summer months.Here are a few quick fixes to common household problems. Prepare to be amazed at how little effort it takes to make life at home much easier.

  • Wobbly drawers are a real nuisance. They can be difficult to open and seem to become more fragile with every use. Stop the wobble by first removing the drawer from the cabinet. Attach a piece of quarter-round trim at least an inch high to two or more of the inside corners, using Elmer’s Wood Glue to keep it in place. For extra stability, drill a screw through the quarter-round from the inside, taking care not to penetrate to the outside of the drawer.
  • Nail holes in walls seem to proliferate like weeds, especially if you have children who like to hang posters or other objects. Elmer’s has a product specifically to fill nail holes – appropriately called Elmer’s Nail Hole Filler. The filler is easy to use and dries hard after only 15 minutes. Then sand and paint and no one will guess where the hole was.

Elmer’s has a product for virtually every type of home repair. Minor fixes, such as scratches to the back deck or wood furniture, take minutes with Elmer’s ProBond Max or any of our other wood fillers. Just sand and stain for a look that’s good as new.Visit our home repair products to check out all of our products and stayed tuned for our Home Repairs Part 2.

Keep Carpenter’s Glue Around the House

   
Carpenters Wood Glue

You don’t need to be an experienced woodworker to appreciate Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Glue.

This glue is the favourite of professionals and homeowners alike. Today’s Carpenter’s Wood Glue is easier than ever to work with, setting quickly for a super-strong bond.

Millions of people use our wood glue everyday for:

Carpenter's Wood Glue

  • Wood repairs. Anything made of wood or wood-like products can be repaired, including furniture, musical instruments, or items found around the house or office. Need to glue a wobbly chair? Our glue works so well the wood would break before the bond.
  • Complex craft projects. Carpenter’s Wood Glue is the ideal choice for business or school projects that need to stand up to lots of handling. No need to worry about your project falling apart. Our glue creates a bond stronger than the wood itself.
  • Woodworking. Our glue is a staple in shops of both professional and non-professional woodworkers. It’s common for woodworkers to first add glue to a joint, then nail the joint to ensure a double-strength bond.

Some Tips on Using Carpenter’s Wood Glue

When working with Carpenter’s Wood Glue by Elmer’s:

  • Make certain the surface is clean. Dust and dirt affect the ability of the glue to bond.
  • Uniformly cover large surfaces by applying glue in a wave pattern, then spread the glue with a wooden stick or roller.
  • Apply more glue in the middle of the joint, less around the edges. This minimizes glue “ooze” when two surfaces are joined.
  • Clamping is helpful, especially when two large objects are being joined. A joint is typically fully set in an hour or two, although for larger projects it may require more time.
  • Excess glue is easily scraped, planed or sanded off, so a glued joint is virtually undetectable. Elmer’s Carpenter’s Glue can be painted over, so brush right over the glued joint.

Elmer’s Carpenter’s Glue is intended for interior use. Check out our other home repair products for help around the house!

Versatile ProBond Wood Fillers Bond Strong

   

You just may be surprised at the many everyday uses of Elmer’s ProBond Max wood filler and ProBond Advanced adhesive.

ProBond Max is paintable, stainable, and waterproof. It creates a super-strong bond – stronger than the wood itself. With a longer drying/setting time, it’s easier to readjust a piece you have glued if needed.

Use Elmer’s ProBond Max wood filler to repair:

  • Indoor or outdoor furniture. Because it is waterproof, our wood filler is the ideal adhesive for repairing teak patio furniture. Repair non load-bearing elements on tables, chairs, and plant stands and watch them easily withstand heat, humidity, cold, rain or snow.
  • Flooring. Fix damaged wood floors by sanding a bit, applying filler, then staining and sealing once dried. ProBond Max can handle the punishment of heavy traffic.
  • Holes in molding, trim, or woodworking projects. Use ProBond Max to fill depressions left by nails for a hole-free, smooth surface that can then be painted.

ProBond Advanced is the solution for repairs to all kinds of surfaces, including wood, plastic, stone, or metal.

One of our most versatile adhesives, ProBond Advanced is formulated to bond without foaming or expanding, so there is no messy cleanup. It dries clear for virtually undetectable repairs to:

  • Ceramic pots and knick-knacks. This adhesive is also great for art projects that implement several types of materials.
  • Concrete. Fix chipped or damaged steps, pavers, countertops, or cinder block.
  • Plastic toys. Children’s damaged toys are a challenge for most glues, but ProBond Advanced sets solidly and is safe for little ones because it’s non-toxic and washable.

When working with either Elmer’s ProBond Max wood filler or ProBond Advanced, prepare surfaces before applying. In some cases that may require removing substances such as old glue and filing or sanding the surface until it’s smooth.

Elmer’s ProBond Max wood filler and ProBond Advanced adhesive is available at your local hardware, home improvement, or craft store. To learn more about all Elmer’s products, visit elmers.ca.

Clamp tape

   
Clamp Tape

Elmer’s Clamp Tape, for a Sturdy Bond

Clamp tape by Elmer’s is the solution when a conventional clamp can’t handle the job.

Heavy, conventional clamps are perfect for use in the carpentry shop or construction purposes, but often home repairs to household items require a lighter touch.

Whether you need to glue together an oddly shaped table leg or broken cups or plates, or build intricate school or office projects, specially formulated Elmer’s clamp tape is the answer.

When used in conjunction with Elmer’s adhesives such as Fix-All Cement or Household Cement, our clamp tape ensures a bond that is sturdy and restores the repaired item to original functionality.

Elmer’s Clamp Tape is made for use on:

  • Irregularly shaped items. Broken furniture can be difficult to repair.
  • Delicate items. A conventional clamp may crack or even destroy the fragile item you’re trying to repair. Lamps, ornaments, or other objects need careful handling.

Some items need to be clamped lightly, others a bit more snugly. With items that need a firm hold, you can easily adjust the pressure by wrapping Elmer’s clamp tape more tightly.

Elmer’s has also formulated its clamp tape to leave behind no adhesive residue or otherwise damage the materials being bonded. You may paint, varnish or refinish any item that has been glued and clamped and be assured of a clean look. Your repaired item will look as good as new!

Buy Our Clamp Tape at Many Retail Outlets

Elmer’s clamp tape is only one of several products for use around the house or workplace.

Elmer’s offers a variety of specialty home repair products that can be used indoors but are also tough enough for outdoors. All our products are available at hardware, home improvement, craft and grocery stores throughout North America.

Spray Adhesive

   
Spray Adhesive

Spray Adhesive – Tacky, in a Good Way

Mosaics, collages, posters, stencils, scrapbooks, embroidery appliques, even transferring images to wood – the uses of Elmer’s spray adhesives are limited only by the imagination.

Spray Adhesive

Elmer’s All-Purpose Spray Adhesive is a popular way to bond objects because it is so versatile. For household projects, the office, or school, it works well with any type of material: paper, fabric, foam, cork, and even metal, plastics or leather. It is ideal for uneven or rough surfaces.

People who love creating crafts may wonder: what did we do before spray adhesive?

In many instances it’s preferable to glue because it can be sprayed over a large area quickly and evenly. With a little practice, controlling the amount applied is easy and Elmer’s Spray Adhesive dries quickly and completely invisibly.

Another benefit of using spray adhesive: objects and materials can be repositioned or removed after being bonded. Creating the perfect wallpaper stencil, which requires some finessing, is nearly impossible without it.

A few tips when using Elmer’s spray adhesive:

  • Spray in a well-ventilated area. If possible, spray outside to avoid breathing in odors, but avoid windy conditions. Elmer’s recommends using latex gloves and a face mask to prevent inhaling the fumes.
  • Apply the adhesive as you would spray paint. First shake the canister, hold the can roughly eight inches from surface, and spray as much as you wish. Wait about a half-minute before bonding the material.
  • If you’ve never used Elmer’s All-Purpose Spray Adhesive before, practice on materials or objects that aren’t part of your project. You’ll find it takes just one or two attempts to get the hang of using the spray. A certain amount of overspraying is unavoidable, but with practice you can keep the amount to a minimum.

A Practical Elmer’s Project

If you are concerned a houseguest may fall on an area rug slipping out of position, Elmer’s All-Purpose Spray Adhesive and a slip-resistant mat are the solution.

First, choose the type of spray adhesive you want. Elmer’s makes Extra Strength, Repositionable and All-Purpose formulas.

Spray the underside of the rug and one side of the mat. Within 15 seconds, attach the sprayed surfaces together, making certain the mat lies smoothly.

Wait about an hour before placing the rug on the floor. You’ll find that bonding the slip-resistant mat beneath your area rugs helps to keep the rug in place and is an improvement over the loose mat and rug combination.

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Wood Filler | Exterior Wood Fillers

   

Spring is here, meaning crafting enthusiasts or DIYers can move outside and begin working on repairing or improving your home. Elmer’s ProBond Max exterior wood fillers has a fit for virtually any task you would want to take up around the house. Here we will walk you through how to restore an antique door.

Steps to help restore your door

First you should remove the door along with any hardware, leaving only the wooden body. Inspect the door for any damaged areas, including dry rot. As many older doors are covered in several layers of notoriously-hard-to-remove latex paint, you may want to consider using a paint-stripping product coupled with a scraper to remove the paint from the bare wood.

For a complete finish, sand until every bit of paint is gone. You may wish to plug the door’s old peephole. If you do, be sure to use a plug of the same material as the door, allowing the wood to contract and expand at the same rate. Wood glue can be used to bond the plughole, but you can also use wood filler to ensure a strong bond.

Don’t forget the wood filler

While you can apply wood stabilizer on any areas of dry rot to strengthen damaged areas of the door, excessively rotted or soft areas, along with any old wood filler still present, should be removed using a chisel.

Now you can apply fresh wood filler to fill in these areas, along with any voids from the newly covered peephole, and the original doorknob opening. Once the filler has dried, you will then sand the door first using a flat rasp, then rough-grade sandpaper, and finally finish-grade sandpaper to completely prepare the door for paint. Be sure to use tack-cloth or soft cloth to remove all sanding dust before applying primer.

After one to two coats of primer, sand once more using finishing-grade sandpaper. Now your new door will be ready for paint and hardware, bringing a fresh look to your home!

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Why use interior wood filler?

   

Interior wood fillers are products that can help you put the finishing touches on your project. Sometimes when working with wood, there are parts that need to be filled in to make it look more polished or even.

A good example of this is seen when connecting two pieces of wood together. By using interior wood filler, you can cover the gap where you connected the two pieces and they will always look as if they were one continuous piece. If you use nails to connect your pieces of wood, the wood filler can be used to cover the nail head. Applying interior wood filler and then sanding it to be level with the wood will help you to achieve a smooth, refined look, taking your wood project to the next level.

A variety of options

Tinted interior wood fillers come in different colours, allowing you to match the colours of your project. There are also fillers that can be painted or stained to match your project colour. The fillers are easy to use and easy to clean up after project completion. These durable fillers have been designed to last the entire life of your project.

You don’t have to worry about defects in the filler, such as shrinking or cracking. The fresh look offered by these fillers will keep your project looking brand new for years to come.

Product choices

Some products available for use on your next indoor project include Elmer’s Carpenter’s Tinted Wood Filler. This specific product comes in a variety of colours including white, natural, golden oak, walnut, red oak and mahogany.

Another great Elmer’s product to consider for your project is the Colour Change Wood Filler. This fast-drying filler changes colours as it dries white or natural. Once dried, it can be sanded down and painted to match the colour of your project. There are several different Elmer’s interior wood filler products to help you put the finishing touches on your next project. Visit us on Facebook and tell us about your latest project!

Wood Fillers | Exterior Wood Fillers

   

Spring is here, meaning crafting enthusiasts or DIYers can move outside and begin working on repairing or improving your home. Elmer’s ProBond Max line of exterior wood fillers has a fit for virtually any task you would want to take up around the house. Here we will walk you through how to restore an antique door.

Steps to help restore your door

First you should remove the door along with any hardware, leaving only the wooden body. Inspect the door for any damaged areas, including dry rot. As many older doors are covered in several layers of notoriously-hard-to-remove latex paint, you may want to consider using a paint-stripping product coupled with a scraper to remove the paint from the bare wood.

For a complete finish, sand until every bit of paint is gone. You may wish to plug the door’s old peephole. If you do, be sure to use a plug of the same material as the door, allowing the wood to contract and expand at the same rate. Wood glue can be used to bond the plughole, but you can also use wood filler to ensure a strong bond.

Don’t forget the wood filler

While you can apply wood stabilizer on any areas of dry rot to strengthen damaged areas of the door, excessively rotted or soft areas, along with any old wood filler still present, should be removed using a chisel.

Now you can apply fresh wood filler to fill in these areas, along with any voids from the newly covered peephole, and the original doorknob opening. Once the filler has dried, you will then sand the door first using a flat rasp, then rough-grade sandpaper, and finally finish-grade sandpaper to completely prepare the door for paint. Be sure to use tack-cloth or soft cloth to remove all sanding dust before applying primer.

After one to two coats of primer, sand once more using finishing-grade sandpaper. Now your new door will be ready for paint and hardware, bringing a fresh look to your home!

How are you using exterior wood filler this spring? Stop by our Facebook page and share your projects!

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