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u/chung_my_wang · 134 pointsr/howto

As long as this doesn't go in the oven (or get hotter than 180ºF / 80ºC) of course it can be glued, and with fine, strong (but still slightly visible) results.

u/GondorUr is probably right, it would be easiest to return it and that would have the best results, but...

u/pobroin has the right attitude, considering their appreciation of kintsugi, and so do you, I presume, since you are asking about repairing, rather than replacing.

u/BcookieOmonsterB is right, that cyanoacrylate (Super Glue, Krazy Glue, etc.) works well with ceramics, but cyanoacrylate works best on nonporous surfaces, and when the surfaces fit really well with the least possible gap. On ceramics, especially if not fired to the point of being vitreous, there's often a few grains that will get dislodged in the glue, while fitting the pieces back together, that will stand in the way of ever getting a truly close fit. So...

As this job is a nice clean break, and a simple two pieces. It's the perfect job for a two-part epoxy, which is plenty strong and will fill any small gaps with virtually no loss of strength, unlike cyanoactrylate.

Your best option to repair (rather than replace) is a two-part clear epoxy. Since you're asking about this, I assume you haven't worked with glues much, and are unfamiliar with the process, and may be a bit slower than someone more practiced. Different epoxies have different working or handling times, and since you don't want to rush it, look for longer than 5-minute epoxy (this one gives you a full 30 minutes, but that's a lot longer than you should need for this simple job - look for a 10-minute epoxy).

  • Dry fit the two pieces together to make sure they do fit well, and dust off any loose grit or chips that remain on the broken surface. Don't clean the surfaces with any water, soap, or cleaning agents, just a clean dry toothbrush or similar.

  • Lay down some newspaper or something else disposable to protect your table/counter/work-surface (a sheet of parchment paper works really well here, as drips are less likely to stick the paper to your lid). There will almost certainly be drips.

  • Get some tape and have it close to hand for clamping the glued pieces together, later. As the lid has a nice smooth glazed surface,almost any tape will do, but something with just a little bit of stretch, like electrician's tape or duct tape would be best, as you can pull the tape a little tightly across the mend, and the elasticity of the tape will give just a little of a slow steady tug, to help to squeeze out excess glue,and snug the two halves together.

  • Squeeze out equal amounts of resin and hardener (or whatever ratio the instructions recommend, usually it is 1:1, and the double-syringe tubes, like the one I linked to above, help you keep the amounts fairly equal) onto a disposable surface, such as a clean tuna can lid, a piece of parchment paper, the bottom of a soda can,whatever,and stir them together really well with a popsicle stick, a nail, a cuticle stick, or some other disposable applicator. Stir well, making sure scrape all around the edges of the puddle, to incorporate all of the two components, so it is fully and evenly mixed. Also, make sure you mix up more glue than you will need, because you want to do the gluing all in one go, especially if you are using one of the quicker 5-minute epoxies.

  • Place the lid halves on your protected work surface. Using your mixer/applicator, smear a line of epoxy all along the centerline of one of the broken edges, about a third as thick as the edge. Doesn't matter if you go thicker, but don't go much thinner, and do make it a continuous bead, all along, from end to end.

  • Slide your two pieces together, carefully lining them up as accurately as possible. Press them together firmly , keeping your hands down at the edge for the most part, perpendicular to the crack (crack runs north to south, hands at west and east).

  • Take a strip of your tape and stretch it across the glueline, from one piece to the other, down there just above the rim, pulling the tape a bit tight to give it some stretch. Do the same for the other end of the crack, again, just above the rim. (NOTE: you start here at the rim, rather than in the middle, up near the knob/handle, because downward pressure up there at the center, could press the center down, rocking the two outer edged of the two halves up and away from each other. Out at the rim, downward pressure has almost no torque to tip the halves.) Now add about three other strips of tape, spread out along the glueline. (Edit: additional strips, again, go west to east, from one half to the other, across the glue line, not along or in line with the glueline, with a bit of stretch/tension).

  • Flip it over and and place a couple more strips of tape on the underside.

  • Before the glue has cured (hardened), using a clean dry cloth or paper towel and acetone, mineral spirits or isopropyl alcohol, gently wipe up any excess epoxy that has squeezed out the crack onto the surface.

  • Leave your work undisturbed, to cure, for the recommended amount of time, however long it is, 5, 10, 30 minutes, before handling it any further, and allow a full 24 hours, before putting the lid to work

  • After curing, remove the tape, and use a sharp knife or razor blade to carefully and thoroughly scrape off any excess cured glue there.

  • Wash and proudly put into service.

    Edit: Yay! Silver! Thanks for the alms, secret Samaritan.

    Edit 2: Clarification added to taping procedure
u/politirob · 1 pointr/howto

Ajax Powder Cleanser with Bleach, 14 oz (396 g)

Use this, wear gloves, follow directions, basically sprinkle it on, toss on some water, give the tub a quick one time scrub (this one time scrub isn’t meant to clean anything, it’s just to lather up the powder and distribute it throughout the tub.)

let this lather sit in the tub for half an hour or so, then come back and use one of these on the tub with your power drill:
(note this item isn’t available at Lowe’s or Home Depot so order it now and get the shipping process started)

If you don’t have a power drill, you can also use those green scrub scour pads, but man you arm and especially your wrist will be exhausted and you risk hurting or injuring it (ESPECIALLY YOUR WRIST) again wear gloves because this is a dirty job lol.

Anyway rinse as you go, I use a little container of water to help rinse the rest of the tub and other hard to reach places.

You might have to repeat this process a couple more times to get it perfectly clean. There’s also a chance that once you get it all clean that the tub itself has harder discoloration or stains, at that point you might consider just replacing the tub. They can be relatively cheap, even under $300 or so.

source: I just really like cleaning tubs lol

u/dsaavedra · 2 pointsr/howto

You could get some 2-ton epoxy and carefully apply it around the hinges with a small disposable brush (like the ones that come with kid's watercolor paint sets). This stuff cures to be hard as a rock, clear, it adheres nicely to metal, and should provide the support you need. Don't get 5 minute epoxy because that isn't as strong and turns yellow.

Just be sure to carefully measure out equal parts resin and hardener and THOROUGHLY mix them. I mean mix them for like a full 2 minutes. Otherwise the epoxy may not cure properly and might come out tacky.

The epoxy starts to set up in about 30 minutes after you have mixed it, so you will have enough time to apply it to the hinges. After you apply it however, you will want to keep turning the glasses over in your hands otherwise gravity will cause the epoxy to sag. 2-ton epoxy is frequently used as a protective clear coat on custom fishing lures, and lure builders like myself make "turners" like this to prevent sagging. Obviously you're not going to want to build one but you can accomplish the same thing by slowly rotating the glasses around by hand for a minimum of 30 minutes, an hour would be better. After that is done just let it cure however long it says on the package.

u/ashdoc_1997 · 2 pointsr/howto

Mederma Advanced Scar Gel - 1x Daily: Use less, save more - Reduces the Appearance of Old & New Scars - #1 Doctor & Pharmacist Recommended Brand for Scars - 0.7 ounce

Here’s a good one it relatively cheap and it works well I used it on a scar on my arm, I hope this helps good luck.

u/frEmn · 1 pointr/howto

I really liked "drawing with your artists brain"

And "drawing comics the marvel way"

Both different but great for building your skill fast and fun.

u/blueindian1328 · 3 pointsr/howto

Irwin Industrial Tools 53535 Spiral Screw Extractor Set, 5Piece

Ez outs would probably work. Just go slow and keep it straight against the screw head. They are extremely hard but also brittle at the same time. You could break off the EZ out. Your local hardware store should have plenty of options and you might be able to just buy one small EZ out that will fit that screw.

u/fishpuddle · 1 pointr/howto

The best method I've found is the 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System. It's easy and the results I achieved with it amazed me. I was able to do both headlights on my 17 year old cherokee in about 30 minutes or so and I only had to use one sanding disc of each grit for the entire thing. I even had plenty of polishing compound left. Just be sure to follow the instructions closely.

u/TootsNYC · 3 pointsr/howto

A seam ripper seam ripper, but look for one with a long, thin handle (long is better; if you have to, you can file or sand the plastic handle to be thinner)

Also a knit picker knit picker may fit help you reach in there

u/mraseelak · 3 pointsr/howto

Bar-keeper's friend and elbow grease.That is sure to clean this up real nice.

u/statikstasis · 72 pointsr/howto

[PB Blaster] (

Really soak those screws good - leave it alone for about 15 minutes, come back and tap on it with a hammer on each screw - you can tap it pretty good, you'll be loosening that rust.

Spray it again and repeat this process like 3 or 4 more times. After a little over an hour of doing this, tap on it with a hammer, and then try to unscrew it. If it still doesn't turn, repeat previous process again. Eventually it will turn, it just takes patience.

You can get PB Blaster at any hardware store usually. Second choice would be Liquid Wrench, but PB Blaster has always worked better for me.

u/lauramoncur · 3 pointsr/howto

Barkeepers Friend: Bar Keepers Friend Powdered Cleanser 21-Ounces (2-Pack)

u/wavv · 5 pointsr/howto

She's not the original artist and the text is lifted as well from the book these images were taken from. It's "How to Draw Comic the Marvel Way"

It's kinda funny I recognize the boob drawings.

u/dbreaultjr · 4 pointsr/howto

simichrome .

Used this for years on my motorcycle chrome. Works awesome, and one tube lasts forever, as you only use a tiny bit.

u/wgharv · 3 pointsr/howto

Another use posted this

I haven't looked to see if it is in accordance with the national electric code, but if it is, it would make the job a lot easier

u/Rick-Deckard · 4 pointsr/howto

Better yet, buy them in bulk on amazon Baoer 100Pcs/lot Eraser Magic Melamine Cleaning Sponge 10x6x2CM they are way cheaper

u/crackadeluxe · 3 pointsr/howto

Amen, although there are cheaper and better kits IMO.

u/agent_of_entropy · 2 pointsr/howto

Use an all purpose metal cleaning paste like Simichrome.

u/MIDNIGHTZOMBIE · 2 pointsr/howto

Here is one on in case you're a shut-in like me.

Also, on your digital converter box, if the red,yellow,white cables are marked as "input" and the thick cable with the metal end is marked as "output" or "TV" then you don't need to buy anything. You could plug the gamecube into the box and put the TV on the appropriate channel.

u/Leisureguy · 8 pointsr/howto

I think the book is pretty real, but check out the reader reviews and see what you think.

u/machine0101 · 2 pointsr/howto

get one of these

its a door closer that mounts to the hinge, so your hollow door doesnt matter.

EDIT: I accidentally a word.

u/PsychoI3oy · 2 pointsr/howto

a little of column A, a little of column B

I haven't read the book but I've read enough copypasta from the guy to get the gist of it.

u/CreepShowGirl666 · 1 pointr/howto

Mederma Scar Gel. Can also be bought at Wal-Mart, Target, CVS, WalGreens.

u/motor_boating_SOB · 2 pointsr/howto

This and a brillo pad would probably do it, cover it with oil afterwards.

u/bigfig · 0 pointsr/howto

Always keep this stuff handy! Warning, it removes paint.

u/camelNotation · 3 pointsr/howto

These are either MDR-7506 or the MDR-V6 and either way, you have a stellar pair of headphones right there. I roll the MDR-7506 myself and for the money, you won't find a better technical listening experience. If you replace your pads with the Beyerdynamic Velour Earcups you will find slightly better isolation, increased comfort, and even clearer bass. Here's a link to them on Amazon, but shop around:

You'll need to pry off the old ones along the edges. Once you get a bit off, the rest should slide off with it. Just be gentle with the edges so you don't bend anything out of shape and harm the isolation quality.

u/n0esc · 2 pointsr/howto

You need something called a seam ripper.

Walmart sells them with the fabric and craft stuff too. Turn the pocket inside out and use the pointy part of the tool to cut the threads holding the patch. Word of warning that this will leave noticeable stitching holes until the pants have been washed a couple times. You can also try steaming the pocket to loosen the thread and massage the fabric. They might not ever go fully away.

u/Huplescat22 · 1 pointr/howto

I’m late to the thread, so I’m putting this here.

My next door neighbor specializes in various sorts of bad dogs. Over the years she’s brought in a rogue’s gallery of bark freaks. Now she’s outdone herself with a pit bull that wants to taste my cat’s blood. The cat is a veteran hunter and more cunning than the dog, so he’s managed to weather multiple close calls. During the last year I’ve caught the dog in the act four or five times and lit it up with my CO2 powered pellet pistol… problem solved, I hope. The gun doesn’t draw blood on the dog, but it stings like hell.

This is a dog that ran right past me, yelling at it, to go after my cat. Now it’s gotten to where, if the dog sees me outside, it slinks off and hides. If it’s barking interminably late at night, it shuts the fuck up when I go out and yell at it.

I don't have it now because my neighbor stole it, but my favorite thing for uncontrolled barkers was the PetSafe Outdoor Bark Control. It worked for me but, if it doesn’t work for you, added pellet gun reinforcement right on top of the ultrasonic might just do the trick. Don’t ignore the instruction about using hearing protection when you’re setting it up.

u/rcrracer · 1 pointr/howto

sound generators to stop dog barking 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 and 6 and 6 If you read reviews at Amazon you will see that those type of people are known as "inconsiderate assholes" My neighbors plunked a dog in their backyard on Feb. 7th this year. Obviously purchased the dog based on his barking abilities. Great Dane. Wiki says a lifespan of 6-8 years. Fuck if I'm am going to spend the remainder of my life(old person) listening to a dog barking nonstop for hours on end. Our city has a law that says > 30 min illegal. I started calling the cops after I saw nothing was being done to shut the dog up. After the forth time the cops showed up I think a cop that had been there before showed up and was pissed. That and the legal paperwork the city sent the "inconsiderate assholes" nipped the problem in the bud, at least temporarily. The type of people that allow their dog to bark nonstop feel entitled. I expect the barking to start back up one of these days. Then it will be lawsuit time.

If I end up getting a lawyer. Security system, DVR, with 4 cameras and 85 foot infrared range. Additional infrared illuminators. Microphone. Graphic equalizer software. Aim 3 cameras and illuminators into neighbors backyard. Aim 4th camera at graphic equalizer software display running on computer. It is against the law to record conversations here so the owners are in the backyard with just a microphone could end up being illegal. Related links. 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 and 6 and 7 and 8 and 9

Seinfeld: Elaine Benes dognapping episode.

In your case possibly"you can't squeeze blood from a turnip".

Another idea is to record the dog barking. Play it back as a loop at an increased volume. When the neighbors are sleeping would be a good time. If you have a few thousand bucks you could use an LRAD speaker to beam the sound.