Before SHTF, a prepper knows that different kinds of glue have various uses on a homestead. Detailed below are adhesives and glues that you might need in your survival kit or stockpile. (h/t to BackdoorSurvival.com)
If you have the means to do so, purchase quality adhesive and glue brands so your preps and gear will hold once you’re done with repairs.
Aside from gluing materials together, adhesives can also be used to:
If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to branded glue, get a big jug of Elmer’s Glue for light-duty repairs.
Below are some adhesives that you will need for small projects or minor repairs around your homestead.
DAP Roof Asphalt Filler and Sealant
This is a heavy-duty sealant that takes about one week to cure out, but the results are great. Use DAP Roof Asphalt Filler and Sealant for doorways and thresholds that might collect more water than you would like.
Expanding Gorilla Glue
Use this adhesive to fill in smaller spaces and gaps while creating a very tight bond. Expanding Gorilla Glue bonds almost all types of material and can expand to thrice its size to fill all gaps.
Sand or trim excess glue once it dries. Use this glue lightly so you won’t get a lot of waste and excess expansion.
Gasket sealant can be used to repair engines and get a good seal on things like the head gasket on a small engine. Rebuilding head gaskets takes time, but you can do it with the right tools and sealants.
Use JB-Weld to repair your tools and equipment like the bodies of cars.
Use Liquid Nails to glue down subflooring on a house or tool shed. It’s the best kind of glue if you want a strong floor that doesn’t squeak. Once you nail or screws floor boards, use some Liquid Nails to create a tight bond that eliminates annoying squeaks.
Loctite will glue bolts, nuts and anything that is threaded. Use different formulas and colors depending on how strong of a hold you need.
Note that blue is considered removable, but the red version is for permanently gluing a nut or bolt.
When SHTF, use Shoe Goo to keep your shoes going a little bit longer.
Shoe Goo comes in an aluminum tube with one end that has to be poked before the glue is dispensed. Unused tubes of Shoe Goo should stay shelf-stable for a long time. (Related: 25 Survival supplies you’ll need to stock up on before SHTF.)
Super Glue and Single-use Super Glue
Single-use Super Glues are best for small projects where you only need a little at a time instead of a whole tube or container of glue.
Remember that some glues work better than others on different materials and for different uses: