Archive for April 28th, 2010

Sideways Cyanoacrylate Glue: Bad Idea

Super Glue Tube

Super Glue Tube

I keep all my various adhesive & lubricant tubes standing on their nose or tail in a can, so as to avoid smashing them underneath something else.

This one got opened for a project (the previous tube’s contents having turned into gum) and wound up on the Electronics Workbench overnight. That was long enough for a few drops of glue to leak out of the (I thought) securely tightened cap and wick along the length of the tube against the workbench.

You can’t tell by looking, but that tube is glued down tight.

I managed to chop the tube off the workbench using a stiff scraper, at the cost of a small nick near the top. Even though it’s now sealed with some flexible caulk, it’ll be gum before I need it next… but it won’t leak, because it’s sitting on its tail in a can.


FWIW, the workbench surface is leftover laminate flooring from the kitchen / laundry room reflooring project. Works great and should last basically forever.