Hi All, Perhaps Paddy Handscombe needs to educate us here in America
about PVA glue. Here's what I found at Wikipedia, and it explains why
we have a hard time understanding or believing what he says.
Polyvinyl acetate, PVA, PVAc, poly(ethenyl ethanoate),
is a rubbery synthetic polymer with the formula (C_4 H_6 O_2 )_n .
It belongs to the polyvinyl esters family with the general formula
-[RCOOCHCH_2 ]-. It is a type of thermoplastic.
It should not be confused with the related polymer polyvinyl alcohol,
which is called PVA also. (PVAc could be considered a technically
correct abbreviation for polyvinyl acetate and would aid in avoiding
Polyvinyl acetate is a component of a widely-used type of glue,
referred to variously as wood glue, white glue, carpenter's
glue, school glue or PVA glue.
John A Tuttle
Brick, New Jersey, USA