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(Mother Nature Network)   11 ways to open a stuck jar lid in case your wife isn't home   (mnn.com) divider line 28
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2013-06-18 03:08:43 AM  
Subby is either not married, or the biggest wimp EVER.
 
2013-06-18 04:13:07 AM  
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2013-06-18 04:47:07 AM  
The 'run hot water over the lid' works for me.  You have to let it run a bit though.  Just getting it wet n warm isn't enough.

/last resort is poking a hole in the lid but it works too.
 
2013-06-18 04:53:16 AM  
A spoon is far better than a butter knife.

/yes, I've played knifey-spoony before
 
2013-06-18 06:00:28 AM  
Just use a rubber glove. It gives perfect grip and works every damn time.
 
2013-06-18 06:18:26 AM  
A square piece of the stuff used to make shelves non-skid works well to get extra grip.
 
2013-06-18 06:45:10 AM  
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subbys wife?
 
2013-06-18 07:31:56 AM  

Thunderboy: A spoon is far better than a butter knife.

/yes, I've played knifey-spoony before


This is how I do it, though I use the spoon handle, because the ones I have are tapered to a (not sharp) point, which is easy to slip under the lid. It takes about 3 seconds. Much easier than waiting for my water to get hot.
 
2013-06-18 07:50:29 AM  
Not sure where she would go subby, I use a pretty heavy chain.
 
2013-06-18 08:24:52 AM  
This might be a CSB...

I suffered an injury to my dominant hand when I was younger and while it mostly looks normal (unless you are a surgeon they all notice it pretty quickly) and functions well in most cases it's never going to be 100%.  I can do almost everything with only a little more discomfort than someone without an ordinary hand, except for opening jars. If I ever forget myself and use my right hand on the lid of the jar, instead of holding the jar while I use my left hand, I have instant pain shoot up my arm. My wife open the stuck lids in our household.
 
2013-06-18 08:44:28 AM  

Egoy3k: I suffered an injury to my dominant hand when I was younger


Puberty will do that to you...
 
2013-06-18 08:58:45 AM  
Fun fact from 6th grade physics, most things grow when heated, and they grow differently. Since the jar and lid are made of different things, if you heat it slightly, the lid will grow faster than glass and make it easier to open.

Another way is to push it a bit on the opposite direction. If there is space to go, it will break the seal.

/DNRTFA
 
2013-06-18 09:30:31 AM  

0Icky0: Just use a rubber glove. It gives perfect grip and works every damn time.


Enough about your fapping. How do you open stuck lids?
 
2013-06-18 12:00:27 PM  
The hot water, banging, and mouse pad tricks usually work for me, but that's not important. TFA wins with the final line, "but that person is still going to want to share the pickles."
 
2013-06-18 12:11:32 PM  
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2013-06-18 12:13:35 PM  
That was the stupidest farking list I've seen in a while.  It looks like notes from a brainstorming session where 7 of the people felt they should say something so it appeared that they were participating.

The list needed at most 4 entries:

1) Hot Water
2) Grippier material
3) The Tap
4) Jar opening tool.

A knife?!?!  Really... a knife?!?!  What retard uses a knife to open a jar.
 
2013-06-18 12:13:35 PM  
I use intimidation. I give the jar a dirty look and make some threats. It usually opens right up.
 
2013-06-18 12:17:25 PM  

F1_Fan: That was the stupidest farking list I've seen in a while.  It looks like notes from a brainstorming session where 7 of the people felt they should say something so it appeared that they were participating.

The list needed at most 4 entries:

1) Hot Water
2) Grippier material
3) The Tap
4) Jar opening tool.

A knife?!?!  Really... a knife?!?!  What retard uses a knife to open a jar.


It's easily the most efficient way to do it. What kind of retard doesn't use a knife to open a jar? Or, like I said, a spoon handle. Or something. All you need to do is pry the lid outwards a few micrometers to break the seal, and then the jar opens. Everything else you list is far more complicated. Judgmental prick.
 
2013-06-18 12:56:00 PM  

F1_Fan: That was the stupidest farking list I've seen in a while.  It looks like notes from a brainstorming session where 7 of the people felt they should say something so it appeared that they were participating.

The list needed at most 4 entries:

1) Hot Water
2) Grippier material
3) The Tap
4) Jar opening tool.

A knife?!?!  Really... a knife?!?!  What retard uses a knife to open a jar.


PROTIP: Frequently it's a difference in air pressure that's keeping a lid sealed on a jar. Each 1 PSI differential between the outside and inside of a jar is an additional 7-12 pounds of air pressure pushing down on the lid. Trying to open a mayonnaise jar with a 2 PSI differential? It's roughly the same as trying to unscrew a lid with a 25-pound weight dangling from it in addition to the thread friction. Slipping a knife in between the lid and the thread equalizes the pressure and removes that downward force.

This has been your elementary-school-level science lesson for the day. Enjoy your graham cracker and juice box.
 
2013-06-18 02:32:34 PM  
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Right tool for the job.
 
2013-06-18 03:06:33 PM  

FloydA: [i105.photobucket.com image 640x426]


Amateur...

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2013-06-18 06:08:12 PM  
Actually running the hot water expands the air inside much more than the metal lid.  This reduces the suction.
You can prove this to someone by running the hot water onto the glass near the lid in such a way that it would heat the air near the lid but not the metal lid.  It will still get easier to open.

I go strait for the knife though, and a pointed one.  Slipping it up along the threading until you hear that pop.
 
2013-06-18 06:14:48 PM  
Rubber gloves, like the ones wusses use to wash dishes. Those work like a charm.
 
2013-06-18 06:17:26 PM  

jack21221: Everything else you list is far more complicated


Takes two seconds to pull out a rubber glove and pop the lid off. How long does it take you to maneuver that knife/spoon to just the right spot?
 
2013-06-18 07:25:57 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: jack21221: Everything else you list is far more complicated

Takes two seconds to pull out a rubber glove and pop the lid off. How long does it take you to maneuver that knife/spoon to just the right spot?


About 2 seconds.
 
2013-06-18 07:38:04 PM  

F1_Fan: That was the stupidest farking list I've seen in a while.  It looks like notes from a brainstorming session where 7 of the people felt they should say something so it appeared that they were participating.

The list needed at most 4 entries:

1) Hot Water
2) Grippier material
3) The Tap
4) Jar opening tool.

A knife?!?!  Really... a knife?!?!  What retard uses a knife to open a jar.


Use it to poke a hole in the lid. It's by far the quickest way.
 
2013-06-18 11:39:51 PM  
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Used to use those when I was a kid. Use the flat end to break suction, if that don't work, use the pointy end. Safer than butterknives (which I used too, if I needed to).
 
2013-06-19 01:00:20 AM  
Whacking the lid with a butter knife always does it for me.
 
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