I work with PVC irrigation pipes, small jobs at a time.
Every time I try to use a previously opened can of cement, it has glued
itself shut beyond redemption.
I am careful not to get cement on the rim of the can, but it takes very
little to permanently glue the can shut.
I am sure I am not the only one who has this problem. How do you guys cope
I use a 'channel lock' type pliers or a pipe wrench to get the can open.
.. Be careful not to bend or deform the lid/can. If it starts to deform
stop and turn the can a little and try again... Try several different
spots until it opens.
My problem is I usually spill most of the can on the ground before it
has a chance to dry out in the can....
Also don't let the can sit in the hot sun open or closed.
My boss used to buy the 16 ounce cans. Cement, primer,
Rectorseal, and so on. Finally I noticed that Home Depot and
some of the chains have the product in 8 or 4 ounce cans. I
started to buy the smaller cans, and much of the problem was
It's also possible to slip in a couple smaller cans, in the
space of one larger can, and more conveniently also.
Like others here, I use a pair of channel-lock pliers to remove stubborn
However, unless you are working on a large project, it's better to buy a
few small cans instead of one large one. Once you open the can air gets in
and the cement will gel over time and be worthless the next time you need
it. With small cans you'll always have a fresh unopened can ready for your
next small project.
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