man using wood glue to fix splintered fence picket
Illustration: Edwin Fotheringham
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Splintered Fence Picket

Glue to use: Two-part epoxy. Made by mixing a resin and a hardener, this ultra-tough glue sets in about 5 minutes, fills ragged gaps, and resists water and most solvents.

How-to tips: Using the glue's double-barrel syringe, measure out the correct 1-to-1 ratio. Wear gloves and clean up drips with acetone.

One to try: Loctite Epoxy Quick Set, about $4 for 0.85 ounces;
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