Usually jars with stiff lids are fresh from the store and have been packed with the contents under lower pressure than the outside air i.e a vacuum. This pressure difference can increase the resistance presented by the thread and can make opening a jar for the first time difficult.
This approach that can be taken if a little damage to the lid is acceptable ...
You can wear rubber gloves and open it; usually, the extra grip helps.
Run hot water over the lid. The heat will make the lid expand temporarily and it'll be easier to open.
Put the lid on hot water (works as the above method)
Hold the jar horizontally and slap the lid
One way to loosen the corkscrew is to remove your shoe, place the bottom of the bottle in the foot hole (to protect the glass), and then bang the shoe against a stone wall repeatedly until the cork eases out of the bottle. This video provides a good demonstration. Just be sure to remove the capsule before trying.
This woman adapted this method ...
I have found that using hot, hot water from the faucet helps to soften the peanut butter and loosen it from the jar's edges and surface. Often times I will fill it with hot water and let it soak for 10-15 minutes or so, and then return to the jar and empty it. Then, using hot water I use the sprayer nozzle from my sink to maneuver within the jar and remove ...
Have a dog?1 Give it to him/her. The dog will love the treat, since it provides a bit of a puzzle. Most of the larger breeds have very long tongues, capable of reaching inside of the jar.
And.. of course, in the end, you'll be left with a licked-clean jar!
1. Don't have a dog? Give it to a friend that does, and ask them to recycle it when done
You can use temperature strips purchased at a hardware store to show you where the oil level is. These strips change color with temperature, showing you where the cooler (or warmer) fuel oil is my measuring the temperature of the outside of the metal tank. If the room changes temperature throughout the day (like a garage), the strip will tell you where ...
For a quick work around when the gauge is broken, no shopping trips needed, no tools needed, simply tap on the side of tank starting from the top and going down. The sound will change when you reach the approximate of the remaining fuel.
Also if you have a cap on top of the tank and enough clearance above the tank, you can use a long stick to determine the ...
First, make sure the jar (and lid) are clean. A dusty jar can make it hard to maintain a firm grip. Then make sure your hands are clean, for the same reason.
If your hands are too dry, you may also struggle to maintain a firm grip. That said, you don't want them to be wet (or covered in grease / lotion / corn husker's friend) either - if rubbing your hands ...
There are many, many options for bottle cap removal.
As mentioned but not really explained there's the lighter trick:
The key to this method is having a tight grip on the neck of the bottle so that your hand/fulcrum doesn't move when you apply force with the lighter/lever. You can apply this method with most anything you have lying around: keys, spoons, ...
You can easily open tight jars lid with duct tape. DYI . I have personally tested and worked in first attempt itself.
TIP: Place the jar on flat surface and hold if it contains liquid.
Here are the 11 summarized ways to open the tight jars lid.
To help you get the remainings more easily out of the glass, there are silicone scrapers available in different shapes and sizes. They work quite well. Actually it works a lot better than you could do with a knife or spoon. Afterwards it should be clean enough for recycling.
Here's an image:
For the purposes of recycling glass you don't need to wash it ...
I can't tell if this is possible from the picture but before the time of gauges when you needed to know how much liquid was in the tank you would open the top of it, insert a long stick, pull it out and see how much of it is wet to show the level of liquid.
The most accessible solution given the items you're likely to have quick access to involve pushing the cork into the bottle using the blunt end of a knife or spoon etc.
Carefully screwing a screw into the cork will give you something you can grip to pull out the cork. Pliers will be useful.
There are more solutions here.
Pour the Splenda into a bowl (temporarily).
Put a tall glass inside the now-empty cereal box.
Put the spoon in the glass.
Pour the Splenda back into the cereal box, around the glass.
Now you have a special holder for the spoon that will keep it upright and separate from the Splenda!
Use your current cd holder, but put a strip of masking tape on each page. Use a marker to write the title of the cd on each strip of tape.
Another trick would be to put the cd's in order. Before you leave, put them in the order you want to play them, from the front to the back of the case.
Use a rubber spatula or plate scrapper.
When I worked in the restaurant business, one of them claimed that their policy of scrapping down the insides of cans and jars with a rubber spatula saved the company a million dollars a year...
Plastic plant-pot saucers are inexpensive, come in a variety of sizes and colours, are light weight, strong, tough, and when flipped over are tops for bottoms. You can find them in hardware stores, and around this time of year at plant supply kiosks in supermarket parking lots and many markets.
Put a spoon under the lip of the lid, and lever it up a bit (you're not popping off the lid, just depressurizing the vacuum). You'll be able to unscrew the lid now.
My grandmother originally taught me this trick but I found a step by step guide (along with a photo) on Lifehacker:
Hold the spoon in one hand and the jar firmly in the other.
Nestle the spoon ...
Is it cheating to invest in a jar opener. Here are lots of them --- pick one.
My personal favorite -- a bit pricy but works great --- is:\Swing-A-Way 711BK Comfort Grip Jar Opener, Black
I have severe arthritis and this always works for me ...
You can usually turn the bottle upside down and stand it on its lid. So once you get to the point where there's a little remaining ketchup/mayonnaise and it won't come out, just store the bottle upside down. After a few hours, any remaining ketchup/mayonnaise will have fallen down to the lid. Then the next time you need ketchup/mayonnaise, you can ...
What I use in these situations is a Sharpie Magnum.
In my experience, these are fairly good at blacking out information on package labels. But you have to keep in mind that most of this information is fairly public and readily available (not to mention any package handler had access to it before it was handed off to you).
You could always take an extra ...
Using a common crown cap opener, if you lift just enough for the cap to move (first time or two you'll also hear the hiss of pressure released from inside the bottle), then rotate the bottle relative to the opener (about 1/8 turn is good), before lifting just enough to move the cap again, and work around, you should be able to work the cap off without ...
I always bake brownies over a "sling" of parchment, which is a strip of oven-safe parchment paper that is draped across both sides of the pan so I can lift the brownies out onto a platter or cutting board after it is done baking and has cooled a bit. It keeps the brownies from sticking to the bottom of the pan and allows you to place the entire slab of ...
If you have to open those glasses more frequently, such a device could help you:
It's a rubber band with a plastic lever arm, that fits on most common glasses:
For occasional use, built one made of things you have at home, like a leather belt and a lever arm made of a hammer, a cane or a boomerang - you name it:
Apply the force gently in order not to ...
Your third bullet point (Holding the buckets between your knees firmly, and twisting the top one.) is a good start. Do this, but drip soapy water between the buckets as you go. This will help loosen the seal and therefore break the vacuum.