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Lifting lid on sticky problem.

Byline: Denis Kilcommons

MY sorry tale of struggling with food jars whose tops refused to come off brought a response from readers.

Remember my problem?

The top refused to come off the pickled onions and I almost had a heart attack trying to twist it loose.

Melvyn Gibson of Meltham offered sound advice in the Examiner letters column that involved hot water and the different rates materials expand as they conduct heat.

"It's the sort of stuff we learned in science lessons a number of decades back," said Melvyn.

Sadly, I was a flop at science and must have been excused test tubes the day that particular lesson was taught.

Old friend and colleague Ron Massey also chipped in along the same lines.

"Oh Denis, did you never learn about expansion and contraction?"

Sorry, Ron. I didn't.

"Next time you have an obstinate pickle jar, stand it upside down in hot water and, hey presto, off comes the lid in a couple of jiffs. It'll save Maria some frustration too."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 7, 2008
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