10 Tips and Tricks for Removing Stuck Objects
Next time you're at a loss for how to remove a stuck item, see if one of these nifty tips does the trick.
Magic Label Remover
When you try to peel the gummed label off new plastic food storage containers, it often turns into a gooey, smeared mess. You can scrub, scrape and soak it, but there always seems to be a little adhesive left behind.
Here’s a simple trick: Fill the container with hot tap water but keep the label dry. Let it sit for a few minutes to soften the adhesive, then slowly peel off the label. Voilà! A perfectly clean plastic container. — Judy Holt.
No-Sweat Fence Post Pulling
To remove a stubborn 4×4 fence post, fasten a 2×4 to the post with five or six screws as shown. Then set a car jack on a board or a block underneath the 2×4 and jack the post right out of the hole. — David Yanciw.
Easy Sticker Removal
My son plastered his bedroom furniture with stickers. Once he moved out, I turned his bedroom into the guest room. To remove the stickers, I softened the adhesive with a blow dryer and scraped them off with a plastic putty knife. — Steve Winter.
Prying Stubborn Nails
Some nails just refuse to be pulled out, or the heads break off. Then what? Place the “V” of a pry bar around the nail, then clamp the nail with a locking pliers and pry away. — S. Overmeyer.
Get Gum Out of Carpet
When gum freezes, it turns brittle and easily breaks apart. So if you have gum stuck in your carpet, freeze it. Place a sandwich bag filled with ice cubes on top of the gum and wait about a half hour. When the gum is frozen, pull it out of the carpet. No trace left behind.
Remove Stubborn Command Hooks
Accidentally rip the pull tab off a Command Hook? No big deal! You can still remove it damage-free.
First, warm up the adhesive with a hair dryer. Thirty seconds or so seems about right. Next, use dental floss or fishing line to gently cut through the adhesive strip. Rub off any remaining adhesive residue, and the Command Hook is ready to reuse!
Zip-Tie to Clear Clogged Drains
When my bathroom sink gets clogged, I don’t reach for chemicals. Instead, I use a long zip tie with several notches cut in the end. It hooks the hair clog so you can pull it out. Problem solved. The eye of the zip tie is big enough to prevent me from inadvertently pushing it past the stopper. — Rick Holmen.
Quickly Remove Stuck Nails
When the head of a nail is barely sticking out of board, a hammer claw has plenty of leverage to pull it out. But when a nail is partially pulled but still firmly stuck, the claw is no longer effective. You can only pull the hammer back so far before it reaches the end of its leverage/pulling capacity.
To regain that leverage, put something solid under the head of the hammer. This sets the hammer back to the start of its pulling stroke. A block of wood works best because it won’t mar the board underneath it. In a pinch you can use whatever you’ve got, like a screwdriver handle.