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how to open a jar or ring pull can or even a stubby top


Now approaching six years since we had to pack up my late Father's house, Mum passed prior to that. They had maybe a dozen or twenty different openers for cans, screw top glass jars, etc etc etc. Dad was always on the lookout for something better, but going on the quantity that we sold in the garage sale, not much joy. Of course six years ago , we needed none of that stuff, ha ha. Tonight I had to run the top of a new jar of olives under the hot water to loosen it up, so that I could open same. The little Tupperware mat had made no impression prior.

So, has anyone found a new miracle device for any of the above. ? . My pet hates apart from the olives are the low profile, with no depression underneath, ring pulls on sardines, soup, and BEER. Also the above mentioned olives in a glass jar. Chicken tonite is not far behind. Did I mention pill packets? in super strong foil. ? . Shame that alfoil is not even half as strong.



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Glass jars; indent the rim of lid with back of heavy knife breaking the vacuum seal. Can ring pulls use the handle of a sturdy teaspoon as a lever through the ring - if the ring pull is flat on surface of can use the cup end of the teaspoon to lift it.



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Here are some ideas:

https://www.amazon.com/jar-opener-arthritis/s?k=jar+opener+for+arthritis



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We have been using the 'Swing-A-Way Comfort Grip Jar Opener' type shown in that Amazon flyer for years. Have found it superior to any others used before it. Yes, even the Tupperware one. And the triangle thing.
They are available in the largish kitchen supplies stores - you may have to search for them.

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Run hot water over lid . Expands and softens seals .

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Dorian, the $269 work centre is one of the few we never had. Also the $14.99 swing away comfort grip.
Aus K, yes the hot water works.
Poss, do not want to dent the lid on the olives, as we use it until all the olives are gone, do use the spoon under a ring pull though. Why some idiot had to redesign a perfectly good ring pull escapes me though.

Thanks all


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Craig1 wrote:

do not want to dent the lid on the olives, as we use it until all the olives are gone,


 We buy fruit in plastic jars instead in cans These make great decanters for any opened fruit etc and you can see through them, being square they are more space efficient as well.



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Reminds me . Way back we had an old door we used to undo sauce bottles etc . It was a 4 thick stable type door . We even opened Agee preserving jars in it ., we never broke any hard thinking back ., There was dents in door jam for various sizes !! Lol Dont recommend this on caravan doors !! Lol

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Just use a lever to slightly lift the jar lid to break the seal. It's the vacuum that makes them hard to open. I use a butter knife.

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Wifey asks me to open jars!

If she insists on opening she uses a roundish heavy knife between lid & glass to break seal.



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From dorian's post - the Brix JarKey Jar Opener or similar item from the Arthritis Foundation for about $8 works well.

Just don't put too much pressure on it - just hear the "pop" & open it.

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The knife between the lid & glass works everytime. All you are doing is letting air in. 

One less gadget to add to your payload.



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Aus-Kiwi wrote:

Reminds me . Way back we had an old door we used to undo sauce bottles etc . It was a 4 thick stable type door . We even opened Agee preserving jars in it ., we never broke any hard thinking back ., There was dents in door jam for various sizes !! Lol Dont recommend this on caravan doors !! Lol


 That's what we used to do too.



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The butter knife works on Cottees Jam, but not on Chicken Tonight, different threads, too much gap on the Chicken Jar

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dorian wrote:

Here are some ideas:

https://www.amazon.com/jar-opener-arthritis/s?k=jar+opener+for+arthritis


Thanks for that link Dorian

I never knew, that there were so many jar opening aids, available

I have one which looks like a car oil filter removal tool.

It has a 12mm wide ribbed rubber strap, sometimes it works, sometimes not



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I get a sore thumb and found out my wrist is all arthritic inside. It also tends to be weak when trying to open things, so I went looking for "do-dads". One I found that is really good is the Zyliss 5-in-1 opener. The handle has a little slot in it that goes over the ring pull to pull it up, then you put the "hook" into the ring pull and lever it up using the lid as fulcrum. The aldi cat food has very "tight to the lid" ring pulls, and it works well on those.

Another good one (which may be the one that Tony Bev is referring to) is the Zyliss strongboy. That's good for jars. Another good one for jars is a metal one that goes over the top of the lid and you squeeze 2 handles and it grips the lid. I can't remember the name, I have a vintage one I got from a relative, but they still sell them. When my wrist is sore, I don't go for that one so much.

If I get tough foil or impenetrable packaging I resort to scissors. I have these "off-set" scissors that are some kind of "as seen on tv" thing, they are really good for cutting open blister packs and that sort of thing. They are called "open-it". got them from somewhere, never seen them for sale since, but they are good and I'd get some more if I ever saw them in a shop.



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This is touching on my pet hate. Packaging. I am sure they have made it far more difficult, these days, to get at the contents, or is it just age or me.

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That Chinese very hard clear solid wrap around most of their tools and gizmos. It is an accident waiting to happen, as you need a boxcutter frequently

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Years ago bought something from the hardware store. It was too much effort to take it back & get them to open it. I ended up cutting the hard clear plastic open using a hacksaw.

I thought at the time, where are things heading.

These days I use a Bosch 10.8v angle grinder with disc for cutting plastic. Less likely to have an accident than with a stanley knife.



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Some times just hitting the bottom of jar with hand real hard helps too ? I guess it breaks the vacuum ?

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If you want to try some packaging that is almost impossible to open, try to open the package of a large lithium button battery from Duracell. The company puts plastic on both sides of the battery and seals it in cardboard. The plastic is so close to the battery that it is almost impossible to cut the battery out of the plastic surround. I much prefer the old method where the plastic was only on one side and you pushed the battery out of the cut cardboard side.



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The ones I find very difficult to open and I can't see many women doing it are the

small baked bean and spaghetti tins, pull ring but damn hard!!furious

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Derek Barnes wrote:

If you want to try some packaging that is almost impossible to open, try to open the package of a large lithium button battery from Duracell. The company puts plastic on both sides of the battery and seals it in cardboard. The plastic is so close to the battery that it is almost impossible to cut the battery out of the plastic surround. I much prefer the old method where the plastic was only on one side and you pushed the battery out of the cut cardboard side.


 This extra layer of plastic is child safety packaging. Too many children in hospital with serious internal chemical burns.



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Derek Barnes wrote:

If you want to try some packaging that is almost impossible to open, try to open the package of a large lithium button battery from Duracell. The company puts plastic on both sides of the battery and seals it in cardboard. The plastic is so close to the battery that it is almost impossible to cut the battery out of the plastic surround. I much prefer the old method where the plastic was only on one side and you pushed the battery out of the cut cardboard side.


 Morning Derek, as another member pointed out, it's a child safety measure, quote from https://www.poison.org/articles/button-batteries

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"Batteries Cause Devastating Injuries

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Swallowed batteries burn through a childs esophagus in just 2 hours, leading to surgery, months with feeding and breathing tubes, and even death. About the size of a nickel, 20 mm, 3-volt lithium coin cells are the most hazardous as they are big enough to get stuck and burn faster. Secure battery compartments and keep loose batteries away from children."



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Well the battery packaging sure works then. No one can get into the damn things.

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Greg 1 wrote:

Well the battery packaging sure works then. No one can get into the damn things.


 Pair of kitchen scissors combined with a few seconds of your valuable time will see the job done, guess they are child proof.biggrin



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I use the scissors, but then drop the battery on the floor in the process & end up on my knees looking for it. Better to get a kid to find the battery!



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