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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-03-2005, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Silly question about diy CO2 bottles

Um... err... well I can't seem to get the cap off. I switched to new bottles and now it's time to change one of them and my hands are sore from trying to unscrew it. Please tell me someone else has had this problem... is there some "trick" to getting it off? (besides taking a knife to it) And I just started dosing EI! I can't have my CO2 dropping now! Plus I'm using the old 25w of "purple" light since I returned the cool white and would you believe it, all the bulbs in 3 stores are cool white! Might have to settle for another plant bulb but I really don't like the purple. Why do I always type so much?? Anyways any hints on how a girl like me (with weak little arms mind you) can get the cap off my bottle?

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Try holding the cap under hot water. It will make it expand slightly and be easier to loosen if it's just screwed on too tightly. If it's sticky stuff holding the lid on, it might melt it enough for it to let go.
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Get a bigger hammer!

Seriously though, you most likely had some gook in the threads when you put the cap on. Not sure what bottle your using, but try some plyers

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Hot water would be my suggestion as well.

I also imagine some of that yummy sugary water has gotten into the threads of the bottle and cap and really locked things up.

The hot water should do it.

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Ok thanks guys. I didn't feel like dragging a bucket of water to the tank so at first I tried a hot wet towel around it and after 5 mins I finally got it open. lol where's a big strong man when you need one? Or maybe I should just go and buy some pliers.

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I find putting a rubber glove on helps when opening stiff jars or bottles.
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Heh I don't even have rubber gloves lol but at least now I have a plan of attack for the next bottle. :P

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Ok thanks guys. I didn't feel like dragging a bucket of water to the tank so at first I tried a hot wet towel around it and after 5 mins I finally got it open. lol where's a big strong man when you need one? Or maybe I should just go and buy some pliers.
Big strong men are useful for more things than just opening DIY bottles. LOL


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right tools

A gal needs to know how to use the right tools -- that is, substitute brain for brawn whenever possible.
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