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My bad experience was due to a poorly fitting capillary tube into the top of a large bottle of CA. I made the balsa joint OK but after, when I turned the bottle the right way up, escaped CA ran down the side of the bottle and glued 2 fingers and thumb to the bottle. Quite difficult to remove as I couldn't turn my hand over or the bottle would have emptied, I hadn't got any de-bonder or acetone either.....
I kept me quiet with a sharp knife for about an hour
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Could you not just twist your fingers a little? CA has no strength in torsion, whatever, just tension and then it's good enough to repair a Hoover belt! My Unimat lathe drive belt was repaired in 3 places as I was too tight to buy a new one and it ran perfectly!
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Hmm.... Didn't realise torsion would help release. It would have helped release the thumb but the 2 fingers were stuck together as well as to the bottle so difficult to move. Did manage to get free without any blood spilt but I had a few sore patches.....
Fortunately it was my right hand and I'm left handed, otherwise it would have been more difficult wielding the knife.
I'm more careful now if I need to use CA, preferring Aliphatic where possible
|Martin Harris||09/09/2019 22:50:17|
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Too late now but warm soapy water will soften the bond within a few minutes. A bit awkward keeping it away from the bottle in this case but it's a bit less dramatic than hacking your fingers apart with a scalpel...
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It's quite surprising how thick skin is on your finger tips if you've got very dry skin like me!
It was all a few years ago and I now have a bottle of de-bonder, I've never had to use it (yet) and to be frank I'm not sure where it is and if I could find it now
|Chris Armstrong||11/09/2019 20:55:46|
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I'm getting better at this. I think I'm a bit more patient these days.
|Andrew Jones 12||27/03/2020 18:17:08|
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agree with you
|john davidson 1||27/03/2020 19:37:40|
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My worst experience was unknowingly getting ca on the heel of my left hand and then using kicker . The ca started boiling and there was nothing I could do about it, Very hot for a few seconds until the glue set but no pemanent burn
|robert chamberlain||14/08/2020 01:15:51|
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I have gotten into the habit of using those thin exam gloves. They do tear easily and the glue sticks easily so it is a one shot deal. But then I don't use epoxy all that often. Same problem with CA. Bob C
|Andy Stephenson||14/08/2020 11:18:40|
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I want to know why using acetone to loosen and remove CA is such a bad idea as was mentioned in an earlier post. After all it is the principal ingredient in nail polish remover and according to the MSDS I read it has no known health hazards.
|Graham Davies 3||14/08/2020 11:44:40|
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I remember years ago discovering that there was small amount of uncured CA on my fingers. How? I had taken a 'comfort break' from the building board... I felt the moment of 'tack' and fortunately managed to free myself. Otherwise it would have been a very embarrassing trip to A&E looking like a life-sized adult-themed Toby Jug...
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