Gluing Concrete

johnc777July 24, 2012

I need to repair a concrete statue that broke "in half". It's an outdoor/garden gnome kind of thing. I'm thinking epoxy but I have half a tube of PL Premium construction adhesive that should work and I'd like to use up.

Any suggestions?

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randy427

Make sure the adhesive is for exterior use. If it's for interior construction, it may not stand up to wet weather.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 11:03AM
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ionized_gw

They make special adhesive for assembling concrete blocks. I've seen it used instead of mortar in small jobs where it would not pay to mix up any size batch of mortar (and no mason was present).

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 2:31PM
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alan_s_thefirst

I'd use epoxy or something specialised.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 1:35AM
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doug_gb

Use JB Weld - it's an acrylic epoxy ( cleans up with water and very strong).

    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 2:12PM
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bus_driver

Never before have heard some of the above reported "facts" about JB Weld.
The color is from metal powder added as a cheaper filler. But it does not detract from the strength or bonding power. And when cured, it often blends with concrete color rather well.
For greatest strength with epoxies, use the slow curing variety. The additives used for fast curing decrease the strength.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 5:12PM
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alan_s_thefirst

I am a big fan of JB weld, and the colour would kind of work with concrete.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 1:11AM
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brickeyee

"The additives used for fast curing decrease the strength. "

And in most cases the water resistance.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 11:36AM
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