Homemade glue syringe

by brae  

So, the other day, my glue syringe finally gave out.  The rubber stopper kept getting caught in the tube.  :\  You've seen this delightful tool used many times. 

It's Thanksgiving Day, and I need a glue syringe.  Did I rememeber to pick one up last night when I was running pre-crazy-shopping-days errands?  No.

Now, the local Michael's does open at 4PM today.  I'm not saying I won't have to go to the store at some point this weekend, but I am trying to avoid it as much as possible.  If Thanksgiving shopping is your thing, that's great!  I wish you good parking and fabulous deals.  But, I'd rather not.  :D

So, what to do?  I gathered my scissors, a spoon, a plastic sandwich bag and the spackling tub.  I don't see any reason this wouldn't work for glue, but I needed to apply spackling today.

I spooned some spackling into the bag and pushed the material toward one corner leaving the zip-top unsecured.  I gave it a slight twist and snipped the corner.  Twist some more, and the spackling came out of the tip.

It's basically a small pastry bag.  :]

It took some getting used to and the syringe is easier to fit into tight spaces, but there was enough room for me to work with the bag on this particular area.  It worked rather well, and I can keep my sanity avoiding the stores...at least for today.

What I'm not avoiding is a yummy Thanksgiving dinner!  Almost time to eat!  :D


Comment from: Blanche [Visitor]

Happy Thanksgiving Day, Brae! :-D

11/28/13 @ 15:17
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]

Happy thanksgiving dearie! Great job on figuring out such a simple speedy solution.

11/28/13 @ 16:06
Comment from: Iris March [Visitor]  

Great idea to use a “glue syringe” for spackling! And double great idea to make a pastry bag looking thing for a replacement!

Happy Thanksgiving


11/28/13 @ 21:55
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]

Hi Brae! Good thinking! An effective and practical solution. I think that the idea of using the glue syringe for the spackling is invaluable, so thanks for sharing it. The make-shift pastry bag has worked to your benefit and the application for that narrow strip, is nice and clean.
Here in Canada, we celebrate Our Thanksgiving in October, but this year, we have adopted the U.S custom of a ‘Black Friday’ weekend, and consequently the stores are a Zoo! Good for us who are in retail but if your not into crowds, it IS best to stay home! :D
enjoy your turkey!

11/30/13 @ 11:28
Comment from: Evelyne [Visitor]

Good thinking!

As I often use large syringes to give medicine to my dogs, I learned a very useful trick to extend their ‘life’ until I can get another one: remove the plunger (is this correct?) and apply some petroleum jelly to the rubber part. Remove excess lightly with paper towel. Put it back. Works like magic! :)

You’ll eventually have to get a new one, but it’ll work like new for a while…

12/01/13 @ 04:54
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]

Necessity is the mother of invention!

12/02/13 @ 03:14
Comment from: kc [Visitor]

The stuff you use to detail your car such as products you wipe on vinyl dashboards and car seats, put on tires to shine them up or rub on door gaskets and windshield wipers will work to lubricate a gasket in a syringe. Those products often have silicone or teflon in them. Soak the gasket in them, then rinse with soapy water and reinstall the gasket in the syringe

Avoid putting petroleum based lubricants such as petroleum jelly on rubber and plastics.

12/04/13 @ 18:47
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thanks for the added info! I will take better care of the new syringe. :D

12/08/13 @ 13:52

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