The PAMtite hot-melt glue gun lays down a bead of thermoplastic adhesive with a one-minute open time that sets five minutes after application. It’s being marketed as an alternative to cartridge applied adhesives, some of which can take hours to set. The glue can be used on nearly any material — the company claims it’s strong enough for carpet tack strips — but is especially popular for molding work where the installer doesn’t want to have to fill nail holes. Pricing for the gun starts at $100; a pound of glue (about 18 sticks) costs $13.

PAM Fastening Technology, 800/699-2674,

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