LADY GASSEEN, Ont.
— A plumber from the Greater Toronto Area says he’s made an unlikely ally in his quest to keep his businesses afloat.
It all started in 2010 when he had to hire a plumber to fix his house when his landlord gave him a notice that the property was no longer his.
The next year, he took a business trip to Australia, and soon after, he found himself looking for an employee to work for him.
That’s when he found the Plumber’s Association of Canada website.
He went to the association, and they sent him an ad that said a plumbers friend in the GTA would be happy to teach him how to do his own work.
That was the start of a long journey that ended this past June, when he decided to make his own glue, a product that he says is actually safer and more effective than his current one.
“You’ve got to keep the environment in mind,” said Jim Prentice, the association’s executive director.
“It’s not just about the price, it’s about the quality of the product.”
Prentice says he used a solvent and a solvent-based glue mixture to make the adhesive.
It’s about as safe as using paint thinner on your own paint.
The adhesive was then left to dry, which takes about six weeks, according to Prentice.
Prentice said the glue has been used on his property in other places in Ontario.
But he has been testing it in the Greater Vancouver area, where he said it was able to bond two coats of paint to one, which would take more than three days.
The association is working on making a similar product that would cost $5 a pack.
It would only last a few days, Prentice added, but he hopes the industry can expand to cover every neighbourhood.
But it’s not easy, and it’s still not cheap.
Prenticess association currently sells about one pack of glue a day for $9.99, but it would cost him about $10 if he sold a few more of his products.
He’s also been testing a few different products, but says he only bought about 30 to 50 of them last year.
Pawn shops, restaurants and other businesses that sell to the public have also been looking at making their own glue for years, but the association says it’s only now getting traction.
PSC sells glue for a number of businesses, including those that are already making their products.
But they are all doing so at the expense of a safer product.
“We’re seeing a lot of restaurants start to look at making our products, and that’s a good thing,” said Prentice of his association.
“A lot of these businesses have started to look for alternative products.”
PSC is the only one that makes it through the manufacturing phase of the process.
But even though it’s made from safe ingredients, it does require some patience.
PSA is still trying to find ways to make its products as affordable as possible.
It has been making some of the first affordable glue for two years now, but said it still has a long way to go before it can compete with the industry.
“That’s something that we have to figure out in the coming months, so that we can move forward,” said Scott Hahn, PSC’s vice president of marketing.