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    Glue for Outside Projects

    For a birdhouse, what kind of glue can I use (on wood) that will hold up to years of rain/wind/hot/cold etc?

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    Titebond 3 is supposed to be for outdoor/ wet area use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Titebond 3 is supposed to be for outdoor/ wet area use.

    Yep

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    This is a third vote for Titebond III. It has stood up vedry well for me on lots of outdoor projects.
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    use it often on outside projects. no problems yet.
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    A birdhouse would be about the only thing I would use gorilla polyurethane glue on. But truth is, nails work just fine. Get a cheap pin nailer and nail to your hearts content.

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    west system. I have had tb3 come apart after a time. another that works well is PL urethane construction adhesive. it comes in a 10 oz caulking tube. for small parts I will squeeze some out onto a scrap and use a stick to apply to both sides. The nice thing about the PL is it is very very thick and wont run. the trick is NOT to clean up the joint until after it dries then you can just cut the bead with a razor blade or chisel. it holds like crazy. I use that over many other adhesives for several reasons. 1 holding power 2 ease of clean up 3 gap filling qualities 4 it remains flexible to enough of an extent to ride the joint during seasonal changes and changes in humidity. wear nitrile or latex gloves. tools clean up easy with paint thinner
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    I sometimes use TB 2 for outside work that is not subject to puddles. Bird houses should be fine with TB2 - I have even made cutting boards with TB Original, without problem - just don't let them soak. I worry about any glue on outdoor furniture where a puddle may form, such as in the seat of a chair.

    I, too, love PL Urethane construction - far better than Gorilla glue. I don't count on gap filling, though, since the foam that fills the gap is not very strong. The spout in the glue tube seems to plug quickly, so I then punch a small hole in the calking tube, near the spout end, and use the remainder from that part of the tube - a new hole each time I need some. I just rebuilt an exterior door, and when I was done, there were some small hollow areas that I filled with PL glue, counting on it expanding to keep water out.
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    I've built a few, and never used anything but nails. The birds don't seem to mind if it's a little drafty and leaky.
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    Thanks for all the feedback, gentlemen. Roger, my preference would be to use nails, I'm just afraid it invites leaks....I think I'll go with T-3 and see what happens....
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