Those d$&%*$ 'screw off' lids

Ok, this has probably been addressed before, but I can't find anything in a google search.
I am continually frustrated by those small screw off lids on liquids, like Watco, poly, denatured alcohol, etc. I use the term 'screw off' loosely - those that say ' press down and turn'.
I can never get them off without resorting to a pair of channel-locks and then container gets all boogered up, my blood pressure elevates, and the neighborhood kids learn some new nasty words.
Any helpful hints? Any special tools that make it easier?
thanks - jim
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When the can is new and the lid comes off well, I like to carve the little plastic cover off the lid. Makes it easier to grab with those channel locks.
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Use a screwdriver and pry the plastic child-proof over-cover off of the metal cover underneath. (Make sure you don't accidentally grab the metal one.) I just use the metal covers only. Makes getting a good hand grip much easier to achieve.
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NO!!!! Do NOT do that.
Every child in your town will be at risk. What if your shop door is open and kids on the way to school spot the unprotected container? They'd be tempted to sneak into the shop and open the container. Then they may take it to the bus stop and show it to the older kids, the bad kids that smoke. The fumes would be ignited by the smokers and passing drivers would be startled causing a chain reaction accident. The streets will be blocked so emergency vehicles will not be able to get through. Parents will be clamoring to the area creating chaos..
You'd be arrested for possessing a dangerous substance, your shop would be branded an attractive nuisance. The town will sue you, the parents will sue you and you will need the ACLU to defend you.
It could happen.
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"Edwin Pawlowski" wrote in message

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You could also leave the lids alone and, whip the little butts for messing with anything they are told not to touch until they get the point. Then you don't even have to keep the shop door closed.
.... except in that this day and age you'd probably do better starting with the parent's butts.
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Swingman responds:

Well, hell, that might interfere with the parents' self-esteem, mightn't it? See how the problems just escalate.
Charlie Self "Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened." Sir Winston Churchill
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Jim, The basic problem is that the contents of the container get on to the threads and literally 'gum up' the works.
Two tips - 1} Give a quick wipe to the threads before putting the cap back on 2} Put a small piece of slightly thick plastic 'film' {even a couple of layers of a supermarket bag}, over the opening and screw the cap on over it. {Learned that one from my wife, a research chemist - they use a special material in the lab}
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Teflon tape dope works great. It also works on Plyobond bottles also. Just a few turns, don't make it too thick Frank
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On Sat, 11 Sep 2004 19:45:13 -0400, items4sale wrote:

It's called Parafilm, and I have a roll of it. Nyah, nyah.
But seriously, Parafilm is awesome stuff. Use it to seal glue bottles and the like. It can provide an airtight, non-reactive seal. There's a knack to using it. [Everyone here has a roll each of waxed paper, plastic wrap, and aluminum (aluminium..."ptooie") foil in the shop, right?]
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loosely -

use one of these for such things:
http://www.canadiantire.ca/assortments/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id 5524442989239&FOLDER%3C%3EbrowsePath08474395348043&FOLDER%3C%3EbrowsePath%34374303512704&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id%34374303512704&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id08474395348027&bmUID94912073961
I think Sears makes something similar.
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Pry the plastic off. There is a standard metal cap underneath. I hate safety caps...on anything.

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On Sat, 11 Sep 2004 13:00:13 GMT, "Jim Wheeler"
Apply Teflon plumber's tape to the threads before screwing it back on.
Petroleum jelly also works well with shellac jars.
Barry
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