woman using glue to fix loose chair leg
Illustration: Edwin Fotheringham
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Loose Chair Stretcher

Glue to use: Polyurethane. This adhesive sticks to wood, metal, and even old glue. When exposed to water, it expands as it cures, reducing the wiggle room in loose joints.

How-to tips: Wearing gloves, lightly dampen one side of the project, then add a thin layer of glue to the other side; clamp for up to 2 hours. Clean up spills with paint thinner.

One to try: Gorilla Glue Polyurethane, about $11 for 8 ounces; homedepot.com
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