I've got a Noxon punch/nail set that has broken. The last inch or so
of the tool is a separate piece that gets glued on. (Probably be
better if it were all one piece, but more $$$ too.)
IAE, I actually really like the tool and I want to repair it. Does
anyone here know of an adhesive that might work?
I've emailed Noxon for the adhesive they use, and have also asked if I
could mail it back for repair. Further bulletins as events warrant.
The most obvious is either welding or brazing.
After that, JB Weld is touted as doing a good job.
Normal epoxy, even epoxy thickened with microballoons probably won't do
the job, but it would be next IMHO.
Whatever you do, abrade the surfaces as much as possible.
I'd probably try a 24 grit disk on a right angle disk sander.
My experience confirms that. Plus, the JB Qwick has a drastically
reduced work time. Ignore the instructions regarding the setting time.
Always let it set overnight if not 24 hours. I use this stuff alot for
a very specific purpose (details below)and it never holds well unless I
let it cure overnight.
The adhesive quality of this stuff is pretty amazing. I use a very
high-end water ski which has many wonderful properties, but the ability
to hold screws (for the bindings) is NOT one of those properties. The
damn things work loose and eventually strip out. Then we install an
insert which suffers the same problem, leaving a hole that you can just
about stick your finger into.
Before trashing a $900 ski (yes, you are reading this correctly), I
filled the hole with JB-Weld, let it set overnight and redrilled. The
result is much stonger than the ski material itself and lasts longer.
In one extreme situation, the front two screws pulled out in a crash,
resulting in a huge amount of force pulling on the remaining screws,
one of which was in a hole repaired with JB-Weld. In this case, the
"plug" of JB-Weld actually broke, half of it sticking in the ski, and
half held by the screw, but not before bending the .063" thick steel
mounting plate to a 45 degree angle. That's testimony to its adhesive
properties as well as it's hardness. If all four holes had been
repaired, this never would have happened.
Give it a try.
A nail set? Last I saw, they're only like $2 at the hardware store
for an all steel version. Perhaps I'm thinking of something else, but
if that's the tool, I can't imagine it would cost less to repair it
than it would to just buy a new one.
I have used 2 part epoxy in the past. Surfaces need to be clean of grease
(I use acetone) and slightly roughened with sandpaper.
A product called JB Weld is meant to be a "cold weld" for metal. Many folks
swear by this. Cheap enough to try.
Success will depend on surface area of the joint and how much stress is
applied during use.
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