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Why all the Hot Glue Hostility?


Lynette Smith
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I started my first dollhouse nearly 30 years ago, with a glue gun. The house was the Harrison and the gun had no trigger! I had to push the stick in with my finger until my finger got quite hot! Awhile later we got a trigger glue gun. :p Only one piece ever fell off - the chimney (which I moved and had to tabs to help hold it in place)

Maybe I use more glue. I don't know. Excess glue is easily removed with an exacto knife and a candle!

Am I the only one? :)

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I think you realize the problem and it's not hostility against hot glue, it's just a total waste of time to build with something that's liikely to deteriorate within a few years. I really, really like hot glue for rehab houses; any house that was originally built with hot glue is SO easy to take apart and reassemble properly with wood glue!

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I dont like hot glue for asthetic and practical reasons. I dont like the way it dries thick between pieces. I find that wood or tacky glue allows the pieces to dry very flush together, which helps keep the houses finished look. I hate those globs and then trying to remove them is a pain. Wood or tacky glue gives me time to position the parts correctly before drying, as well so thats the practical part. I hate the way I have to rush when using hot glue.

As far as how good it is, thats debatable. I also have used hot glue in my first houses and they stood the test of time.

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I have to agree about the thick layer. I use wood glue when it is feasible. I just have so much trouble getting the pieces to stay in place while drying. I've tried clamps and building sturdy supporst with large heavy books. I read about quick grab and thought it was my solution only to discover it went out of business!

How do you use wood glue without pulling your hair out?

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I use Titebond or probond wood glue and masking tape. I also use quick grip glue which dries fast and clear and you can paint over it. I do use hot glue on wood shingle & siding and have not had one customer complain about it yet. The wood strips for the siding and the shingles is so thin that it sticks really well. I do not use it to build the house though. it does not come out as neat as it needs to be and as everyone mentioned here, it does not adhere well. I use it for other projects though all of the time. Not my houses though :angry: unless it is for a temporary hold until the wood glue dries. If I do it that way, I use only a drop of hot glue in the spots to hold it together while it dries (Like in areas that the masking tape won't keep that wood firm & flush till the glue dries .

There are some who have used hot glue and they have NEVER had a problem with it. I know one lady who has had a a Harrison for 15 years and she assembles it using hot glue and it is still together and looking great.

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Hot glue many years ago is not the same as what it is today. The glues now are low temp due to so many people getting burned and suing.

I only use wood glue. Like Tracy, I will use a dab of hot glue in a place where I can peel it off later to hold something that can't be taped or if I am in a hurry and can't wait for the glue to dry. But you do what works best for you. Just because some people here have built more houses than most real contractors, doesn't mean that your way won't work for you.

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Newer hot glue guns are not as hot, the glue has a lower melting point for safety. Most of them time I stick with wood glue and finishing nails or staples. Personally I hate burning my fingers! I do keep one handy for assembling large pieces and use a dab now and then to hold something together until the wood glue dries but thats about it.

My dislike of hot glue most likely comes from trying to fix orphaned houses badly built with hot glue. Maybe these houses would not have come out much better if the same person had built them with wood glue. Even so, I suspect that the houses going together faster without drying time keeps some builders from thinking about the quality of their construction.

Wait time while glue or paint is drying is when I get some of my finest sanding done. But I have connected hot glue with poorly preped and badly built houses.

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I still buy "quick grip" from dejouxminiatures.(my altime favorite stuff) Did you say they went out business? I've also used Omni stick, it's about the same, just smells bad, and a tube of stuff called Household Goop, with similarly fast results. I purchased slow setting glue sticks for the cabin shingles at the Toronto dollshop, and it worked well on them. I can peel off almost any glue gun glue, it doesn't work good for me. For building I use No More Nails, by Lepage. It glues, dries fast, and is sandable and paintable and fills cracks too. This is great glue. If you will be staining however, it's white, so a no go.

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Use titebond II wood glue and masking tape. the glue grabs quick, dries quick. the masking tape makes a good clamp to hold things together when it dries. you have a good strong bond with the titebond II. i buy it at lowes, it's cheaper...about 2.30 a bottle if i remember correctly.

I have never like working with a glue gun for any project and i always get glue on my fingers and get burned. I just personally hate working with it.

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Use titebond II wood glue and masking tape. the glue grabs quick, dries quick. the masking tape makes a good clamp to hold things together when it dries. you have a good strong bond with the titebond II. i buy it at lowes, it's cheaper...about 2.30 a bottle if i remember correctly.

I have never like working with a glue gun for any project and i always get glue on my fingers and get burned. I just personally hate working with it.

Quick grab is no longer being made. you can get quick GRIP now and it works as well. cheapest source is walmart. used to be 2 dollars a tube, they've now raised their prices to 3.33 or something like that.

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