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Old 02-11-2013, 10:18 PM   #1
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Help Me Rhonda

Hello,

Snapped plastic float as screwdriver slipped. Anybody crazy glued one back together?
Just a little 1/8' piece of plastic, doesn't move much. Please advise to the stupidity of this question or
is it genius for saving $50.00.

Thanks in advance for your advice.

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Old 02-12-2013, 10:01 AM   #2
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Been testing some industrial strenght CA on some plastics the last couple days. Only one where it seems to have worked is ABS+PC as marked by BMW.But Eh it is only a $50.00 part.

So I have my doubts, will see when I re-install.

But the glue was free....!
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:12 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply,
Am going to glue it now.

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Old 02-12-2013, 11:17 AM   #4
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Most every glue is not going to hold up to fuel over the long run -- gasoline is quite the solvent. I'll be surprised if it lasts longer than a week in the environment inside a float bowl....
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:03 PM   #5
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^+1 on the glue not lasting.

If I were going to try something futile, I'd attempt to melt the two pieces together, although alignment would be a bit difficult. If it works you could be a KLR legend!
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:38 PM   #6
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:36 PM   #7
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Hello,

Didn't work



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Old 02-13-2013, 04:47 PM   #8
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I glue parts together for a living as a Loctite Factory Rep. and moonlight as a lobotomist-a fun and entertaining self-taught hobby and I'm still learning.

The bondline you're dealing with is key..are you trying to bond the equiv of the edges of two pieces of paper together or do they overlap? You don't have to think hard as to which is the better bondline.

We recently tested a few cyanoacrylates (aka: CA's, Super Glues) for one of my customers in a long term diesel AND bio-diesel immersion test.

At the 5000 hour mark in complete immersion of his parts the tensile strength actually went up. We all were surprised. Bio Diesel immersion actually increased in strength more then the regular diesel did.

Ideally we'd need to know what kind of plastic the float cage is made of before recommending any one of our 120 different kinds of CA.

If you wanted to move forward without knowing the type of plastic you're dealing with the Loctite CA was 431.

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Old 02-13-2013, 10:03 PM   #9
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glue float?

Hello,

VERY interesting.


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Old 02-15-2013, 08:20 AM   #10
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How about plastic welding it together, using the same material as the cage is made out of would results in an equivalent structural bond wouldn't it?

But then again your mechanical reputation precedes you so....



(also check ebay you might find a used cheap replacement so you will have a spare if all else fails, good luck regardless)
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:55 PM   #11
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Thanks again folks,

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