Colloquial term for hot-melt adhesive (Wikipedia link), a staple of prop denizens everywhere, as well as occasional use by all other departments.
The adhesive comes in sticks or cylinders
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and is solid and stable at room temperature, then is heated for application by the hot glue gun. Forms a fairly weak bond once the adhesive cures (returns to room temperature), but speed and ease of application are its primary advantages.
While available for only a few dollars at arts & craft stores, avoid the temptation of buying a cheap tool. Industrial models last longer, are safer, and offer more consistent application. http://www.glu-stix.com/shop/page/choose-right-glue-gun.html
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