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    Which adhesive to use on a spirit level?

    Hi Folks,

    I'm wondering what would be the most effective (read strong, durable) adhesive to fix a small spirit level vial to a wooden frame.
    A white rubber-like adhesive was originally used but the vial parted company with the glue after a few months use. I also think part of the vial surface needs to be lightly "roughened" to give a key for the glue.

    Any suggestions?

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    I'd use epoxy and roughen the level.

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    Try contact cement. I betcha' that is what was originally used.

    You can get contact cement at the Home Depot or similar places: http://www.homedepot.com/buy/dap-3-f...ent-00107.html

    Just test it on plastic first. The stuff has a high solvent content. The solvent might attack the plastic.
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    I would also second the recommendation for getting plastic safe adhesives.

    You can also take a look at low profile recloseable fasteners (thats what 3m calls it). It works like velcro, but without the fuzz, and they adhere flat. You can also remove and rotate the level if you put it on two surfaces.

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    I'd use a double stick foam tape.

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    I'd use a pair of tiny brass woodscrews.

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    Quakewax.

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    The liquid in Spirit levels has a nasty habit of drying up over time. Less time sensitive, is that they can be broken in an unfortunate bump. I would suggest mounting them in a way that they can be easily replaced. I have had two metal cameras; Linhof Technikardan (4x5) and Sinar P (8x10), and two wooden cameras; both R.H. Phillips (8x10 and 7x17). The Spirit levels were mounted with two or four screws of the same material used in other parts of the camera. The Linhof is sold, but the screws were a bright metal. The Phillip’s use stainless steel. I am not sure what is on the Sinar and I am reluctant to disturb the levels. It appears to be stainless, but I am not sure.

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    Thanks everyone,

    I'll give the epoxy resin a go first.
    Front standard is strapped to an Empire level and the vial is level & glued, as I write.

    Attachment 57219

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    I agree. Contact cement you have to get it right the first time. Epoxy takes longer to harden.
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