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Terrific Shop Tips


Tightening belt around tin can
Put the squeeze on hard-to-open canisters

Unscrewing the lid from a large container, like a spray gun, can frustrate even those of us with a good grip. And once something's stuck, your project comes to a grinding halt. But an old leather belt and a pair of locking pliers can help you pop open just about any stubborn canister. Cut the buckle-end off the belt and wrap it around the can. To avoid crushing or crimping the metal sides, position the belt near the top of the can.

Pinch the belt tightly with the locking pliers and rotate the pliers clockwise. The pliers work like an offset cam, tightening the belt's grip and increasing your torque for easy opening.

-- Don Whittemore, Pueblo, Colo.

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