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Hot Glue & Brush Management
By Jon Page

Keeping the brush from the deep plunge has always been a problem.  When
Craig Brougher mentioned using Styrofoam peanuts I saw the practical
benefits of this method.  However, once I left the pellets in
overnight and they somewhat disintegrated; I guess some are water
soluble in order for them to be bio-degradable.  I threw out that
contaminated batch.

 [ The bio-degradable "peanuts" are typically cornstarch.
 [ Styrofoam doesn't dissolve in water.  -- Robbie

I'm not certain which list I read this on, but a few weeks ago someone
mentioned that 'way back when' in the factory, the assemblers floated a
piece of wood in the glue pot for dipping the parts into.  In my scrap
wood box I just happened to have a small piece which fit comfortably
into the jar in the glue pot.  This supported the brush and a gentle
push submerged the wood to bring fresh glue to the surface with the
resurfacing wood.  Long lost technology.

If I had the time and ambition I would scour the Archives to see who
posted that tidbit to thank them personally but this will have to do

Jon Page, piano technician
Harwich Port, Cape Cod, Mass.

 [ You may thank Paul Manganaro!  ;-)  See his article in 000808 MMD,
 [ "Gluing and Hand Polishing Cabinets".  -- Robbie

(Message sent Thu 17 Aug 2000, 01:31:36 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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