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gluing a plastic freezer handle



 
 
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Old July 28th 08, 06:34 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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The other day when I closed the freezer I forgot an item and when I went
to lift the lid (Chest freezer) it was stick down due to air pressure.
Instead of waiting a few minutes like an idiot I pulled the handle a
little harder.
Any way the long and short of the story is the plastic handle snapped at
the screw joint.
My question is what the best and strongest glue to use. I believe normal
super glue will not be right in this situation, and the flexible glue I
tried failed immediately,
Any suggestions

Thanks

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Old July 28th 08, 09:46 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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The other day when I closed the freezer I forgot an item and when I went
to lift the lid (Chest freezer) it was stick down due to air pressure.
Instead of waiting a few minutes like an idiot I pulled the handle a
little harder.
Any way the long and short of the story is the plastic handle snapped at
the screw joint.
My question is what the best and strongest glue to use. I believe normal
super glue will not be right in this situation, and the flexible glue I
tried failed immediately,
Any suggestions


New handle time


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Old July 29th 08, 11:19 AM posted to uk.d-i-y
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On 28 Jul, 18:34, noname wrote:
The other day when I closed the freezer I forgot an item and when I went
to lift the lid (Chest freezer) it was stick down due to air pressure.
Instead of waiting a few minutes like an idiot I pulled the handle a
little harder.
Any way the long and short of the story is the plastic handle snapped at
the screw joint.
My question is what the best and strongest glue to use. I believe normal
super glue will not be right in this situation, and the flexible glue I
tried failed immediately,
Any suggestions

Thanks


From my experience with snapped fridge-freezer handlers, I don't think
you will be able to just glue it. The handles have to withstand a lot
of force, and no glue I've found is up to the job on its own. On one
of the handles that snapped, I ended up drilling holes either side of
the break, and pinning it with a bit of metal rod, but you may not
have enough handle left to do this. On the other handle that snapped I
had to give it up as a bad job, and get a new handle. Actually, the
new handle was substantially thicker where it had broken previously,
so I suspect it was a common problem with that model.

dan.
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Old July 29th 08, 01:17 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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On Mon, 28 Jul 2008 18:34:50 +0100, noname wrote:

My question is what the best and strongest glue to use. I believe normal
super glue will not be right in this situation, and the flexible glue I
tried failed immediately,


Depends on the plastic -- some plastic "glue" very well with acetone as a
solvent. (I was told it's not glue, but technically a "diffusion weld"...)

Scrape off the flexible glue, rub surfaces clean with a drop of acetone on a
cotton swab. (If the plastic starts to dissolve, i.e. you get a coloured smear
on the cotton, it'll work.) put drop of acetone on the surfaces of the plastic,
join, wait, press hard, fix and let dry for 24 hours. Good as new!


Thomas Prufer
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Old July 29th 08, 05:49 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Thomas Prufer wrote:
On Mon, 28 Jul 2008 18:34:50 +0100, noname wrote:

My question is what the best and strongest glue to use. I believe normal
super glue will not be right in this situation, and the flexible glue I
tried failed immediately,


Depends on the plastic -- some plastic "glue" very well with acetone as a
solvent. (I was told it's not glue, but technically a "diffusion weld"...)

Scrape off the flexible glue, rub surfaces clean with a drop of acetone on a
cotton swab. (If the plastic starts to dissolve, i.e. you get a coloured smear
on the cotton, it'll work.) put drop of acetone on the surfaces of the plastic,
join, wait, press hard, fix and let dry for 24 hours. Good as new!


Thomas Prufer


Thomas,
Thanks the plastic appeared to start to melt, so I have followed your
instruction and will now leave it for 24 hours

I have also been looking for a replacement in case this fails, third
time lucky and all.

The problem is I cant find a spares supplies for Scandinova, who sell
official handles, they only appear to sell universal handles without a lock.


Any recommendation's

Thanks
 




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