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Old 07-02-13, 04:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is the adhesive "Liquid Nails" safe for reptiles?

I just received my repti-racks cage today and it came with broken/separated panels. The person told me to use "liquid nails" to put the cage back together. I asked if aquarium silicone was okay and he specifically said "No, use liquid nails".

Is it safe for reptiles?

Also I have purchased other cages from them only a few days ago. Would you request a cancellation and look elsewhere?
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Re: Is the adhesive "Liquid Nails" safe for reptiles?

Did they offer you any other solution or resolution about the broken pieces? If not I would request a refund as it is broken and cancel your order. Who wants to pay that kind of money for a brand new broken enclosure?
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Did they offer you any other solution or resolution about the broken pieces? If not I would request a refund as it is broken and cancel your order. Who wants to pay that kind of money for a brand new broken enclosure?
My OP is a little misleading. The panels aren't broken, but they are "broken" out of place which is why I also added " /separated". There are no cracks or breaks, only separations. Sorry.
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I just received my repti-racks cage today and it came with broken/separated panels. The person told me to use "liquid nails" to put the cage back together. I asked if aquarium silicone was okay and he specifically said "No, use liquid nails".

Is it safe for reptiles?

Also I have purchased other cages from them only a few days ago. Would you request a cancellation and look elsewhere?
I did a 5 minute research about it and I haven't found anything that says it's unsafe but I also haven't found anything that says it's safe... Is there a discernible smell after it's dried?
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I did a 5 minute research about it and I haven't found anything that says it's unsafe but I also haven't found anything that says it's safe... Is there a discernible smell after it's dried?
I really have no clue, this would be my first time using it. I also did a quick search and I am getting mixed reviews. Some people wrote they would never use it near their reptiles and that this substance "gasses" a little even after curing. Other reviews say that it's completely safe once dried.

This is why I asked if using silicone would be better but the representative of that company says liquid nails is the way to go. Wouldn't using silicone be better anyways? They use it to hold aquarium glass together for christ's sake.
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I really have no clue, this would be my first time using it. I also did a quick search and I am getting mixed reviews. Some people wrote they would never use it near their reptiles and that this substance "gasses" a little even after curing. Other reviews say that it's completely safe once dried.

This is why I asked if using silicone would be better but the representative of that company says liquid nails is the way to go. Wouldn't using silicone be better anyways? They use it to hold aquarium glass together for christ's sake.
If your cages are non-porous then aquarium silicon should have a fair bit of strength.

Aquariums are heavy and have to bare the weight of hundreds of pounds of water so I think you'll be good.
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If your cages are non-porous then aquarium silicon should have a fair bit of strength.

Aquariums are heavy and have to bare the weight of hundreds of pounds of water so I think you'll be good.
If they are porous why would it be weaker?

I'm going to research a little more into this product and if I can't confirm it's safe then I'm probably just going to go ahead and use the silicone.

I am requesting a cancellation for the rest of the order. I will probably get my enclosures from AP.
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Re: Is the adhesive "Liquid Nails" safe for reptiles?

Liquid Nails comes in a variety of strengths and purposes. This site may help you to figure out if it's safe. They have a full section on the MSDS for each type. The low VOCs types would be safer with less gas out.
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LIQUID NAILS Adhesive | Construction Adhesive & DIY Solutions
Thanks zoo nanny. It seems the one that the representative reccomended is a silicone based adhesive, so in that case I will just use the aquarium sealant that I have.
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Be careful as many silicone contains formaldehyde.
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Be careful as many silicone contains formaldehyde.
Does this apply to 100% silicone rubber? The caulk I have does not give ingredients it just says " Aquarium sealant - harmless to fish"
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Does this apply to 100% silicone rubber? The caulk I have does not give ingredients it just says " Aquarium sealant - harmless to fish"
Do reptiles die in aquariums sealed with it? I think not. So, you're golden...
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Re: Is the adhesive "Liquid Nails" safe for reptiles?

Liquid nails is fine as long as you let it cure fully. I used it in my carpet enclosure build with no issues. I let it cure for a few days before my snake went in. Cured it is hard and smooth with no odour at all.
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Liquid nails is fine as long as you let it cure fully. I used it in my carpet enclosure build with no issues. I let it cure for a few days before my snake went in. Cured it is hard and smooth with no odour at all.
Which one did you use?

I have the " LN-700 White Project, multi-purpose " version.
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I used the industrial adhesive in the black tube.
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