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Workshop operational tips. #33: No Monkeying Around With a Strap-on (Wrench)...

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Blog entry by LittleBlackDuck posted 12-02-2021 11:07 AM 1171 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Boy and Girls,

While contemplating the publishing of my next puzzle project… a visitor to my workshop instigated a conversation that led me to document this ”Workshop operational tip”... (though I was tempted to post it as a Review).

Being a vino drinker, I have been briefed about decanting… though there’s a tad difference between being briefed and demonstrable actions... I don’t decant Cask-o-vino.

Nevertheless my education has percolated down into the workshop and as I usually buy in ”bulk”, I adopted the art of decanting for some of my degradable liquified consumables.
If you decant too little, you can always decant some more, but if you decant too much, unlike vino which you can drink the excess, you can’t ”undecant” the surplus shop liquids in case of contamination.

Consequently I stockpile glass jars,

to store the surplus decantations in.

Unfortunately many “chems” like tung/Danish/linseed oils, shellac, varnish and wipe-ons that I religiously decant, have the tendency to gum up the lids of their respective underbelly jars, and if you are slack like me and wait days before the next coat (or months before the next project… unless it’s a puzzle), finish up struggling to get that bloody lid off… and when/if you eventually succeed, you find your 2nd. decantation over the front of your shirt (or nightie).

Out of desperation, I initially resorted to using one of these “kitchen utensil” lid openers,

to remove gummed up lids, however, the jagged edges tended to perforate the lid, potentially degrading its air seal.
I looted the kitchen again and imported this gizmo into the workshop,

While it exerted a decent grip, it still had the tendency to indented/distorted any lid that wasn’t a close fit to any of it’s 4 profiles.

Somehow I legally got hold of one of these rubberised “strap wrenches” I saw on a discount table at my local hardware,

designed for oil filter removal… and often used by plumbers on PVC fittings. These proved to be the best alternative to maintain the integrity of the tight lids for removal and subsequent sealing.

I try to buy “snacks” packaged in square jars, so I can place them into my vice for a grip on the glass jar while I tackle the lid with the “wrench”,

You don’t have to get too close to your screen to see the congealed liquid around the rim,

that used to give me so much grief in the past.

I found a second “wrench” ideal for times when I ran out of square jars,

for that complimentary grip on the round jar… or just felt vindictive against the square ones.

While the larger ones would work on smaller jars, I found two smaller ones

more practical with my dodgy left hand and recalcitrant right thumb.
Word of warning… You need to take care if lying the jar on it’s side to just barely loosen the grip, otherwise you’ll spill the contents… its preferable to keep the jar vertical.

Feeling self-complacent about sharing this knowledge, I decided to resurrect my acting career, donned the animal nightie and made this video for yazall too lazy to read the above prattle.

You’ve been warned about my forthcoming puzzle project and rest assured this post is just a deferment not a replacement, so feel free to pencil it into your calendar of ”AME” (Anticipated Momentous Events).

Keep safe, jocks... and your jocks, safe!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD



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Sylvain

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#1 posted 12-02-2021 01:26 PM

interesting tip.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn (and that is nice)

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#2 posted 12-02-2021 03:34 PM

nice intermission duckie but as far as the next puzzle my anticipation is like your love of a fine turned bowl.ill stay tuned though.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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robscastle

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#3 posted 12-02-2021 09:04 PM

Oh yes a very interesting tip I didn’t realise you could use a strap on jars

I will have get a couple for my workshop …just in case I cannot get one open normally.
Whats your recommendation a large one or a small one..wait may be a pair of both would be fun!

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 12-02-2021 09:29 PM

Thanks Sylvain.


..... as far as the next puzzle my anticipation…..
- pottz

C’mon pottzy... I know you’ve already set you countdown clock!

.... Whats your recommendation a large one or a small one..wait may be a pair of both would be fun!
- robscastle

Like the missus always accuses me of… no brainer.... not ”a” pair, but,

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 12-02-2021 10:39 PM

I think I saw something similar on my Sons Ute tow bar!

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 12-02-2021 11:28 PM



I think I saw something similar on my Sons Ute tow bar!

- robscastle


Is that his 4 wheeled dog?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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pottz

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#7 posted 12-02-2021 11:30 PM



Oh yes a very interesting tip I didn t realise you could use a strap on jars

I will have get a couple for my workshop …just in case I cannot get one open normally.
Whats your recommendation a large one or a small one..wait may be a pair of both would be fun!

- robscastle


so your interested in a “strap on” rc ?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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robscastle

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#8 posted 12-08-2021 06:21 AM

Very interested now.
I did a recycle run during the week taking cardboard electric bike boxes to the waste transit center.
When I arrived I noticed one of my tie down strap ons were missing!

god knows where that is lying, possible in the gutter somewhere !

I hope if somebody finds it the get as much enjoyment from it as I did and I payed for the thing too.

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 12-08-2021 10:05 AM



... I arrived I noticed one of my tie down strap ons were missing!

god knows where that is lying…
- robscastle


Hope you are NOT inferring its next to your wallet!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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