The History of Super Glue

Written by T.Going


The History of Super Glue

Iím sure many of you have already wondered where super glue came from. Inrepparttar past there have been urban legends that described super glue as an Ďaccidental solutioní to battle wounds during World War II, butrepparttar 142885 actual evolution is slightly different.

In 1942repparttar 142886 original cyanoacrylates (chemical name) were discovered while searching for materials that could make clear plastic gun sights forrepparttar 142887 war. While searching for these materials, scientists came upon a formulation that stuck to everything it came into contact with. These cyanoacrylates were rapidly rejected by American researchers forrepparttar 142888 sole reason that they stuck to everything they came in contact with. It wasnít until 9 years later that these cyanoacrylates were rediscovered by researchers from Eastman Kodak. Fred Joyner and Harry Coover recognizedrepparttar 142889 true potential for these cyanoacrylates and it was first sold as a commercial product in 1958. Since then Super Glue has evolved into several other great products, and continues to grow even to this day.

The $27,000 Toilet Seat - A Funny DIY Story

Written by Paul Forte


The following incident was relayed to me by a Plumber I know:

I received a call from a homeowner asking for someone to come estimate some repairs. When I askedrepparttar sort of repairs, he said it would be too many to enumerate, but much easier if I just came out torepparttar 142771 house and looked. I went.

It began like this............ Old Joe wanted to change his toilet seat, but couldn't getrepparttar 142772 old one off. So he tried wrenches until he rounded offrepparttar 142773 nuts (he was turning themrepparttar 142774 wrong way because they were upside down) and then decided to get his trusty cold chisel and hammer out. Well, he tapped a bit on it with no success, so he drew backrepparttar 142775 hammer to smite a mighty blow againstrepparttar 142776 stubborn bolt. In so doing he brokerepparttar 142777 toilet tank and floodedrepparttar 142778 area with cold water. This cold water gave him a shock and he drew back in a hurry droppingrepparttar 142779 hammer intorepparttar 142780 bathtub causing a big chunk ofrepparttar 142781 porcelain to pop offrepparttar 142782 tub floor.

Regrouping his thoughts, he ran down torepparttar 142783 basement two floors below to shut offrepparttar 142784 water torepparttar 142785 house,repparttar 142786 house had no other valves installed when it was built inrepparttar 142787 1890's. Meanwhile water was flooding throughrepparttar 142788 floors and had saturatedrepparttar 142789 plaster ofrepparttar 142790 ceiling below torepparttar 142791 point it collapsed intorepparttar 142792 living room.

Old Joe then removed what was left ofrepparttar 142793 toilet tank, and tried to removerepparttar 142794 bowl fromrepparttar 142795 floor flange. It wouldn't budge either, so out comesrepparttar 142796 trusty chisel and hammer again, and "WHACK" no more toilet bowl. Inrepparttar 142797 process however, he managed to tearrepparttar 142798 closet flange fromrepparttar 142799 floor as well, and since it was attached to a lead closet bend, it torn and now needed replaced too.

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