Keep table legs and other bolted joints tight with a thread locking coating. Loctite adhesive will prevent nuts from loosening.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:November 2008
Clean and dry the parts. Apply Loctite
Threadblocker Blue to the fastener threads
and reassemble the table.
Got a table leg, a swing set or just about
any other item with chronically loose
nuts and bolts? Here's a quick fix to
keep metal threads tight once and for
all (not for plastics) using color-coded
Loctite Threadblocker products.
Loctite Threadblocker Blue 242 (at home centers) is great for locking
together 1/4-in.- to 3/4-in.-diameter fasteners.
Blue creates a strong hold but
can be broken free to unscrew the fastener
when necessary. Red Loctite 271
is for larger fasteners and more
permanent connections for swing sets,
decks and ready-to-assemble furniture.
With either color, you just squeeze a
little Loctite adhesive onto the threads
and then tighten the fastener. The bond
will set in 20 minutes and cure completely
in 24 hours. The Loctite adhesive
prevents fasteners from vibrating
loose or rusting. It also does a good job
of sealing metal plugs in water or air
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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