How to Prevent Super Glue From Drying

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Introduction: How to Prevent Super Glue From Drying

Any kind of glue it's one of the principal tools of a maker, especially super glue, its fast and glues virtually everything.

But a problem common to all of the users its the glue drying up on the tip of the container, and we ended up throwing away on the trash and buying a new stick of super glue.

On this project i show you how to prevent this from happening with a simple solution and save some money.

Step 1: Watch the Video

Watch the video and see how easy it is to make this project.

Step 2: Gather the Material

You will need for this project:

- Container with Lid

- Rice

Step 3: Get Started

This project its really simple, just put small amount of rice on the container, any type will do, and place your super glue stick incide and close the lid.

Step 4: How It Works

So to any type of super glue to cure you need moisture, so taking out the moisture of the equation and we have the problem solved.

An easy and cheap solution to remove moisture is using rice, rice is a natural desiccant.

Rice as an hygroscopic will absorb all of the moisture in the air taking out the chance of the glue to cure.

Is that simple, no more glue drying up and no more wasting money.

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Rice works, but not as good as Silica.

Look out for appropriate cat litter and you will find perfect cheap stuff for it!

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I'll try this with the teflon tape method. Thank you.

I tried the rice method.

It's not for me i'm afraid. It makes the rice pudding taste strange...

you're probably not sprinkling enough super glue on it, otherwise you'd be stuck on it!

Silica would work. Rice does not do what you think it does. If rice absorbed moisture from the air like that then you could set it out on a humid day and it would cook. This doesnt happen and therefore this is busted as a farce. Take it from a Chef and if you dont believe me ask Alton Brown from Good Eats. He also debunks this myth

im not so sure: Personally, i've rescued 3 cellphones with the standard procedure of :

shaking out excess water with batt and case opened, then gentle blow-drier, then burying the device in a bowl of dry uncooked rice ... all phones now work fine.

I must say that 'cooking' does not equal 'removing water' .. cooking is a complex process that changes the nature of the item: protein agglutinates, sugars under go the 'Maillard Reaction' (probably misspelled) , as im sure you understand.

'Air' is merely a 'transport device' , and when it's water molecules bathe rice grains, well, yes, some MUST be absorbed .. might take a good while, but that's 'what rice does' ..

I dont question your saying silica would be better .... but my experiences suggest silica is not alone in this capacity..

Rice is a Hygroscopic substances there fore as the ability of attract water molecules from the surrounding environment.

Research made in a lad provet that rice can soak up 73 per cent of moisture in a container.

This percentage it's not much but for this job it does the trick.

Of course you can find a another desiccant with a higher percentage absorption, but rice it's a common resource found on every home than others.

Rice isn't as strongly hygroscopic as silica, but it's pretty good. It doesn't cook at ambient temperatures because the temperature required to expand the starches (and so make large scale absorption of water possible) doesn't take place until temperatures between 90-95C [http://pubs.acs.org/appl/literatum/publisher/achs/journals/content/jafcau/1986/jafcau.1986.34.issue-1/jf00067a002/production/jf00067a002.fp.png_v03] This is why it can't "kill birds by swelling" in their crops.

In addition there are other structures, which have some affinity for water.

The moderate hygroscopity of grains is why flour/water paste works. If it required heat to absorb any moisture (as you seem to be asserting) then paste wouldn't happen (and you could clean your sifter without worry by just running it under cold water).

Super glue starts to dry out as soon as you remove the top for the first time.

As for the top getting glued up, i never have that problem as i always squeeze the bottle to make sure the tube is clear of glue and then wipe the top so there is no glue on it when i replace the top.

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