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Consulting it last night, we need info on heat resistance. This might be a common ask of adhesives. Shall we add this to each? Or create a table?

Good point, Janet! Perhaps we could task someone to do the necessary research during the Wikithon. In fact I think most glues are heat-resistant for normal purposes (except, obviously, hot melt glue), so maybe it'd be more concise to add a note to those that aren't. And in fact there are other limitations such as moisture and chemical resistance, extreme cold or limited life that perhaps need mention while we're about it.

I'm inclined to leave it in its present discursive format rather than convert it to a table as the amout of text varies widely for different types of glue, which would make for an unbalanced table, and the headings we currently have stand out quite nicely. But a sub-heading "Limitations" under each would be good. - Philip

One thing that slightly worries me is that trick with baking powder & superglue, since baking powder is water-soluble and probably hygroscopic, depending on the formulation. Does it really mean baking powder or sodium bicarbonate? Should it contain a warning to make sure that the baking powder is completely saturated with superglue, as otherwise it will dissolve with humidity?

I looked at several pages discussing this technique and none of them raised any questions about it being in any way critical. In fact one or two said you can use a variety of different powder fillers. It's not clear that the chemical composition of either sodium bicarb or baking powder actually is in any way relevant. My guess is that it simply forms a framework serving to support a greater bulk of cyanoacryllic than would be possible without, and at the same time creating pores through which moisture can permiate - moisture being required for the curing process. Once hardened it shouldn't be weakened by moisture. - Philip