What kind of adhesive for floppy drive?

drlegendre . drlegendre at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 01:15:25 CDT 2015

Loc-tite isn't a glue, it's an anaerobic sealant. It will +only+ cure if
deprived of air (in fact, oxygen, I believe). It cannot be used in place of
a typical adhesive, as it lacks many of the qualities of adhesives.

Interesting fact - Loc-tite was developed several years before it could be
marketed, as any time it was sealed up in an air-tight container, it would
harden. It was only the development of gas-permeable polyethylene bottles
that made it practical to sell commercially. The containers allow just
enough gas ingress that the materials will not cure off in the bottle.

On Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 12:42 AM, tony duell <ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk>

> >
> > I'm in the process of fixing a floppy drive mechanism. I had to replace
> the heads on the drive with a NOS part and
> > I need to re-glue the head carriage assembly to the band that attaches
> to the head stepper motor. The original
> > adhesive is a clear blue glue of some sort, I suppose similar to
> loctite. Anyone know what this stuff is? It seems like
> > it's come up before, but I'm not sure.
> What is the make and model of the drive?
> Are you sure it needs to be glued? On every drive I've worked on the band
> is kept under tension by a
> spring in the head carrage (maybe a leaf spring on the end), the ends of
> the band are fixed by hooks or
> screws. There may have been some glue originally to keep it in place
> during american football/shipping,
> but it isn't necessary IMHO. I've rebuilt a fair number of positioners and
> never put any glue on them.
> -tony

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