Ultimate Construction Adhesive Test

Construction Adhesive Test

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Construction Adhesive Review

If you’ve recently visited the construction adhesive aisle at a home center, you may have noticed that there are A LOT of construction adhesives on the shelves. And with that many choices, choosing the best one for your project can be daunting task.

Construction Adhesive Test

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How much weight can construction adhesive support?

Strength is obviously what most would consider the crucial characteristic of a construction adhesive. So, for our first test we wanted to push each of these adhesives to their breaking point. The test was fairly simple in design. First, we glued blocks of wood and PVC to a length of 2x10 and let them cure for 40 hours. We used a notched spreader to ensure that each block received the same amount of adhesive.

How much weight can adhesive hold

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Which construction adhesive is strongest

The results from our weight test were pretty clear. Across the board, the wood-to-wood connection was stronger than the PVC-to-wood connection, which makes sense because wood is more porous giving the adhesive more to grab on to. The strongest adhesive by far was the Loctite PL Fast Grab Premium. It held 115 pounds on the wood block and 92 pounds on the PVC block. The next strongest adhesive, Liquid Nail's Fuze It All Surface, held 100 pounds on the wood and 64 pounds on the PVC. See next page for the full results.

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Freeze Test

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Which adhesive works in the cold

To find out which adhesives worked in the cold, we placed all the tubes into a chest freezer and let them sit overnight. The temperature inside the freezer was 19 degrees. Some of the adhesives required more pressure on the caulking gun trigger than others, but ultimately they either squeezed out or they didn’t, so we rated them as either a pass or a fail. Below are the brands that passed the cold test.

construction adhesive test results

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Adhesives that work on wet surfaces

To find out which adhesives worked on wet surfaces we submerged blocks of wood and scraps of plywood in water for about an hour before applying the adhesive. The assemblies were put aside for 24 hours to dry and cure. We were not as scientific on this test in that we did not use the notched spreader to apply the adhesive and we did not test the amount of force it took to make the bond fail. Instead, we just tried to pull the to pieces apart with our hands. If that worked we tried to separate them with a hammer. The adhesives that held passed the test. Check out the survivors below.