What: Mighty Putty epoxy is the ultimate do-it-yourself product, according to infomercial legend Billy “OxiClean” Mays. Home Front’s field testers found the epoxy to be incredibly mighty indeed. It worked to repair a car dent and a leaky sink, and also served wonderfully in a number of pranks. One tester said: “I took a helmet to a work site where a friend is a foreman and glued the hat to a beam, and let it sit overnight. The next day I tried to hang from the helmet. While the helmet stayed glued to the beam, I forgot about gravity and then fell over, hurting my knee.”
Advantages: It’s easy to use. Simply slice the amount you need off the Mighty Putty log and knead it like dough (wearing gloves is advisable), mixing the green material into the white, for about two minutes. It can bond to many surfaces, including metal, glass, PVC, wood, wall board, ceramics, tile and concrete, and can be painted, sanded or drilled.
Limitations: Once Mighty Putty begins to harden, there’s no turning back. After about 30 minutes, it forms an intense bond. After 24 hours, it can hold up to 350 pounds in weight-bearing applications. On painted surfaces, the bond can only be as strong as the paint bond itself.
Cost: $9.99 for three tubes in retail stores or $19.99, plus $8.95 shipping, for six tubes at www.mightyputty.com
Where: Target, Wal-Mart, Bed Bath &Beyond and Walgreens
Learn more: www.mightyputty.com, 800-967-2312
Text by Herald Writer Sarah Jackson