MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – Nails, Velcro, and tape. These are the most common ways to get things to stay put. But a new, sticky substance promises to adhere to just about any surface and it's called uGlu.
The 100 pack comes with sheets of small square strips, several 2" strips, and one large rectangular strip. The package boasts that it combines strength with convenience. The substance that is uGlu is sticky and mainly transparent. It's designed to hold on to just about any surface. We take the uGlu to the TV station, and with the help of engineer Steve Kohh, we put it to the test.
Steve explains the need for such a product, "Usually we would wind up drilling holes and mounting stuff with screws. So any time we can get away and not have to do that, it sure would make life a lot easier."
The uGlu strips are rated to hold only a few pounds, so we have to watch these limitations. A month prior, Steve mounted a plastic cable rack to a metal wall unit.
"I attached this with the uGlu," explains Steve. "[It] looked like it was going to hold up fine. Came back a three days later and it had fallen off. And here it remains about four weeks later. Maybe it's now cured and that's what's making it hold up so well, it works like a champ now."
Steve uses the uGlu to stick a few more items including a plastic sensor to a plastic frame and a plastic power strip to a steel post. We also have some fun using the uGlu to secure a stapler to an outdoor brick wall and a heavier white board to a painted wall. Short term tests securing a carpet to a tile floor and a table cloth to a laminate tabletop are successful.
A week passes, and we find the cable rack, power strip, and sensor are still secure where we placed them. The stapler detached from the rubber feet and fell to the ground, but one of the two rubber boots remains fully secure on the wall with the uGlu! A true full failure comes in the form of the white board, which only held for three days before dropping to the ground.
The trend we found with our tests seemed to point to a weight issue. The uGlu holds up on most surfaces, as long as the item hanging was not too heavy. We also find removing the items to be simple, but peeling the uGlu off of them is tough and took some time.
"If it's something you want to leave there for a long time, no problem, I like the uGlu," says Steve.
We found the 100 pack uGlu selling for about $10 at a local retail store.