Epoxy Lids and Why I Hate Them

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Blog entry by MaxSupernova posted 05-06-2017 06:01 PM 2382 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I like to rant about user experience and design issues, and this is something that really bugs me.

Yes, it’s minor, and it’s easily solved with a sharpie, but it shouldn’t have to be!

-- It's all about the small stuff....

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#1 posted 05-06-2017 06:26 PM

Hold the bottle in one hand, remove the cap with the other, and squeeze. Put the cap back on. Repeat with the other bottle. In many decades of using epoxy, I can say I’ve never gotten one stuck.

I hope your plan isn’t to have a video for every topic. I don’t generally watch them, and yours is a perfect example. Why spend 2 minutes watching a rant that could have been summarized in one sentence on here?

But hey, welcome to LJ.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 05-06-2017 06:30 PM


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#3 posted 05-06-2017 07:46 PM

My response above came out a little snottier than I intended, and for that I apologize. However, the point remains the same. Videos are indispensable for showing a process or technique that is difficult to explain in text and photos. I use youtube all the time to get educated on all sorts of topics. However, long videos like “watch me build my workbench” don’t interest me, and monologues are kind of annoying since I could have read it much faster.

I’m not going to name names because there are so many, but there are members here who do beautiful posts of their builds with text and photos. That appeals to me because I can skim through them and get the gist of what they are showing, and spend extra time focused on parts that interest me. I’ve even saved some to Evernote that contained information I might want to refer back to down the road.

So, again, welcome to LJ.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 05-06-2017 07:49 PM

But you can’t become a youtube celebrity with concise statements.

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#5 posted 05-06-2017 09:31 PM

No worries! I’m not trying to make a video you can save an reference, I’m just pointing out things that annoy me. Even if no one watches, I’m just getting stuff off my chest for the sake of my own blood pressure.

User experience and design is an interest of mine. I try to point out things that people might be bothered by but not really even consciously notice, in a semi-comical way for some emphasis.

Sorry if you feel I wasted your time. I’m seriously glad that this isn’t a problem you’ve run into. I’ve received other feedback from people who feel the same way as I do, and multiple different suggestions on how other people modify their caps with sharpie or tape or paint to make them more easily distinguishable.

Thanks for taking the time to respond, and then to politely clarify your intentions, I appreciate that. Maybe I’ll do a rant video about how annoying rant videos are…

-- It's all about the small stuff....

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#6 posted 05-06-2017 09:58 PM

Put a go-pro camera in my truck while I’m driving home and you’ll hear a rant like never before….

I think bubble packages would make for a good video rant. Child proof really means adult proof

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#7 posted 05-07-2017 03:05 PM

Enough already…
youtube is for making money.
lumberjocks is for showing how to do things and what you have made
I avoid all posts that only ask me to go see their youtube stuff..
show it here instead.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#8 posted 05-08-2017 06:57 AM

Max, its not the lids that is the problem its microdot labeling on packageing currently being used on just about everything these days.

From fairly benign stuff like shampoos and conditioner in similar bottles, try trying to read them in the shower when you want to use them, you can read everything except the actual contents.

The problem also extends to to medical items as well which pose a more serious health risk if misused.

You have only to try checking out tinnning and clean up requirements on various tins of paint, these days and then the list goes on.

Go buy something and you almost need to buy a too to open the package as well!

Nice Bass guitar!!

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 05-09-2017 11:52 PM

Maybe others were annoyed but I found your video to be hilarious, and for that reason, I enjoyed it.

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