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Forum topic by fiddlebanshee posted 10-10-2018 05:10 PM 966 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-10-2018 05:10 PM

Hi all, I am redoing my shop and came across some bottles of woodglue (titebond II and III) that had been left in the garage during last winter when temps dropped to the teens for an extended time and the heating had stopped working. So I am assuming everything froze. Is this glue still good to use?

Anybody know if I should throw it out? The bottle says store at room temp :(


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#1 posted 10-10-2018 05:26 PM

Probably no good, you can easily tell if it “chalks” when it dries.

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#2 posted 10-10-2018 05:26 PM

Their site says it’s freeze/thaw stable. (bottom of the page)

Probably safer to toss it though. It’s cheap insurance. You sure don’t want to have a project fall apart.

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#3 posted 10-10-2018 05:31 PM

When in doubt, throw it out.

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#4 posted 10-10-2018 06:42 PM

When in doubt, throw it out.

- LittleShaver

ditto,not worth the chance.

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#5 posted 10-10-2018 06:53 PM

There’s a date code on there as well.

Excellent advice above, throw it out.

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#6 posted 10-10-2018 07:11 PM

The last time i read Fanklin’s freeze warning, they suggested it was safe through 5 freeze/thaw cycles. Your may ave been through more than that. I’d probably toss it, but you could test it and see what happens.

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#7 posted 10-10-2018 07:23 PM

Glue up some test wood and see what happens. If nothing else, you’ll get to take some frustration out by bashing some wood around.

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#8 posted 10-10-2018 08:08 PM

not worth messing with. Rather spend an additional 8 bucks for a 16 ounces of glue, than have a joint fail.

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#9 posted 10-10-2018 09:21 PM

Take your glue into the house when freezing is eminent. A good way is to store glue in a styrofoam box and keep it up off the ground.

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#10 posted 10-10-2018 10:01 PM

If it doesn’t seem too thick, use it.
Test may be in order, but I think it’s fine if it hasn’t thickened.
Give it a good stir first.

If your building a heirloom, throw it out.

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#11 posted 10-11-2018 12:52 AM

If your building a heirloom, throw it out.

- jbay

+1 better safe than full of regret. Just saying. LOL

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#12 posted 10-11-2018 01:07 AM

I can’t find the out date codes.

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#13 posted 10-11-2018 01:20 AM

A friend who bought a new house last year found a nearly full bottle of TB II in the garage this spring. It was very thick; I thinned it with water and stirred it thoroughly—there was something we HAD to glue, so we did… worked fine!
Not sure I’d use it on an heirloom, as others have said, but it does work!

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#14 posted 10-11-2018 01:47 AM

Titebond’s new website doesn’t have the date code explanation any more.

Technical Support Team at 1-800-347-4583, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST.

The A means it was made in America and I’m not sure how to decipher the number part of the date code
on the TB III bottle.

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#15 posted 10-11-2018 04:43 AM

4 is the last digit of the year so 2014 (I think they used a different code back in 2004)
06 is month
23 is day.

Personally, I don’t buy Titebond glue anymore, i have had had 3 bottles now go bad with code dates under 2 years old. One bottle had only been used once but the last time I tried to use it, it had started to solidify in the sealed bottle. Only time I’ve ever had a glue joint fail was with TB3 with a code date less than a year old. On the other hand I have a gallon jug of Elmer’s carpenter glue that is still half full that I bought in 2014 that stills works just fine, though I am starting to think it might be time to throw it out.

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