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Sliver of pages in calculus book came out

  1. May 19, 2009 #1
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    Elmer's glue. Dab it in the binding with a toothpick or use small drops.

    I once bought a textbook on Mathematical Physics that had about 12 leaves missing (~24 pages). Fortunately, I found another edition with the pages and just Xeroxed them.
  4. May 19, 2009 #3
    Ah. Well, I say sliver; it's almost an eighth-of-an-inch. I'll give that a try. I finished my calculus sequence. I'm just reviewing some sections before my Diff. Eq. and Vector Analysis courses this fall.
  5. May 19, 2009 #4
    Try JB weld. It fixes everything.
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    I prefer Elmer's Wood Glue which is stronger than the white. I've put books back together and pasted bindings together, and it's worked well.

    JB Weld maybe overkill.
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    http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/usa/images-2/duct-tape-rolls.jpg [Broken]

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    lol @ JB Weld and duct tape.

    I'll try the wood glue. I think my brother might have some.
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    Some libraries or bookshops may have binding facilities. They may do a repair for you but I don't know how much it would cost if anything.
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    I've used LePage's (essentially the same as Elmer's) with great success. Silicone sealant or bathtub caulking can be effective as well, and remain a little more flexible.
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    Would this be much more preferable to rigging something up myself?
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    For any really valuable book (collector's item or heirloom), then you definitely should have a professional do it. If you just don't want the thing falling apart, the aforementioned techniques (except duct tape) will work fine.
  13. May 19, 2009 #12
    Well, I'm keeping all my math and physics books. I want them in near-perfect condition as possible.
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    A bunch of pages, maybe 24 folded sheets are called a signature. A hardcover book is made by stacking up a bunch of signatures.

    If you want to do it better you need a flexible adhesive like rubber cement though I think pages are currently bound with a latex compound under the binding cover.
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    If it is only one or two pages, I suggest following Astronuc's advice. If more pages fell out, i have some suggestions..

    Rebinding pages of a text book is not difficult. A friend of mine who worked in his college library, showed me the technique. I repaired several of my college texts this way. Showing you would be the best method. But since I don't have a video of me doing this, the next best thing is to describe it here.

    For reinserting pages into a spine:
    I carefully cut the first page (attached to the cover) at the juncture where it meets the crease. Repeat this process on the last page (attached to the rear cover).

    Once that is completed, you should be able to separate the spine from the hard cover.
    Take care to save the little cloth pieces attached to the top and bottom of the spine (you may reuse them later).

    If old glue is attached to the spine, gently peel it off or scrape it off with a single edged blade. Reinsert the pages in their proper sequence.
    Line up the pages so that they are straight and square.
    Clamp the book together between two firm flat surfaces (e.g. square pieces of wood or stiff metal), using C-clamps or ViceGrips. Clamp the book, such that the spine is protruding slightly from the two flat surfaces (to allow you access for regluing).

    To increase the surface area to which the new glue will adhere, you can rough up the edge of the book with sand paper or coarse wood file. You can also score, the edge of the book spine, with diagonal cuts using a single edge blade. (like you might score the skin of a smoked ham before roasting).

    Initially I tried Elmers glue but it became brittle and pages broke off again
    I have since used flexible glues such as "acrylic latex caulking" or "flexible contact cement" and both work well.

    When you have your pages squared up, firmly clamped in position, spine dressed to recieve the glue; apply the glue evenly along spine. Work it into the scored sufaces with a flat edge (piece of flat cardboard or metal). Finally apply more glue and smooth across the whole surface of the spine with a metal spatula or your finger (wearing latex gloves during the gluing, makes cleanup easier). Allow glue to set up.

    Glue the cloth pieces you saved earlier, back in place at the top and bottom of the spine.
    Wrap the hard cover back around your book and glue a 1-2 in. width piece of heavy white rag paper to reattach the cover at the slits you made in the crease of front and rear covers.

    For this cover attachment, a standard white adhesive, like elmers is fine.
    You may fold this piece of white paper in half to facilitate gluing. Allow this glue to set.
    Tuck the cloth pieces in at the top and bottom of your book and your done.
    If you take your time, you will have a nicely rebound book.
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  17. May 20, 2009 #16
    You can try soldering.If that doesn't work arc welding should do the job.
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    Its really up to you. I was merely presenting you with another option. :smile:
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