I'm putting polyethylene sheeting on the floor of a crawlspace. My
plan is to run it up the walls (concrete block) and glue it to the
wall to seal and adhere it. Can someone recommend a good adhesive for
this application? Predictably, perhaps, water-based adhesives don't
work; I've had some luck with one of the Liquid Nails (tm) products
(hydrocarbon solvent, not water), but while that was ok, it was not
great. The difficulty, perhaps needless to say, is finding something
that adheres well to the poly.
Fort Collins CO
On Jul 13, 9:16 am, email@example.com wrote:
No adhesive sticks to poly. Fact is, polyethylene is often used as a
release backing so parts won't stick together. You may have luck using a
mechanical system, such as a nailing strop to sandwich it to the wood at the
top of the wall.
ABATIX makes a product: Abatix Spray Adhesive .*
Said to adhere to poly and many other materials (porous/wood,etc). It
needs to "tack" before applying the poly. The can mentions temporary
and permanent bonds. Crafts shops also carry spray adhesive.
I inherited two full cans. Right now I have an interior door panel off
in my truck. I plan to spray the adhesive on and replace the poly
behind the inside door panel (vapor barrier). What ever adhesive was
used on the original held until I removed the barrier, so I could fix
the motor on the electric window.
The OP may need something else.
Only realistic suggestion I have seen in this thread. Roll up the end a
couple of turns around a piece of wood lath, and tack it to the sill
plate. Back in the stone age, we didn't even seal the seams in the
field- just overlapped them a foot or so, and put hunks of brick over
the joint to hold it together. Same overpriced tape they sell for use on
window film kits would probably work. If crawlspace is pretty dry, duct
tape would work, plastic to plastic.
Poly-plastic sheeting always seems to rot over time or get cut. I might
put small anchors in the walls and tie it up to the wall using grommets in
the sheeting so if it were to get damaged it would be easier to replace.
on 7/13/2008 10:16 AM firstname.lastname@example.org said the following:
I've used Elmer's wood glue to attach polyethylene panels into the
recessed panels on a wood garage door. They've stuck for some 20 years
now. I don't know how it would work on concrete though.You might try a
spray adhesive like 3M's Blue Tack Carpet adhesive. It says it works on
concrete and polyethylene.
On 07/13/08 10:16 am email@example.com wrote:
If I remember correctly from my laboratory employment a few decades ago,
adhesives for polyethylene contained tetrahydrofuran (THF), among other
things -- but that was for joining polyethylene to itself not to other
materials. It's probably been banned by now anyway.
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