Saturday, November 12, 2016

Tough packaging



Very Tough Packaging

9am - Yesterday I bought at The Home Depot, a set of:
Husky Hex Ratchet Wrenches

When I arrived back home, I wanted to use those wrenches on the work that I was doing on the Extension Drawer Project. The wrench set was "encapsulated" in a plastic wrap. An extremely tough plastic was used.

First, I attempted to get to the wrenches with a screwdriver. Could not get thru this plastic with a screwdriver!

Going inside Twayler, I tried to open up this plastic with my sharpest kitchen knife. Nothing! I was unable to cut thru this plastic!! Finally, I went at this tough stuff with a metal cutting hacksaw. I was able to saw a small slot in the plastic about an inch long.

Then I tried to enlarge that slot with my kitchen quality scissors. I may have wrecked this expensive scissors if kept trying! So I stopped, and went back to using the hacksaw. I was able to saw thru the plastic wrap. But it took me perhaps 10-minutes!

In the process of opening the plastic, the 7/16" socket wrench must have fallen out. I cannot find it?!

Over the last year or so, I've experienced more and more tough wrapping used by different products. There must be a ton of crooks out there stealing things from stores. Otherwise, why would so much effort and money be spent on wrapping?

From now on, when I buy something that I suspect will be a real pain to open, I will ask for the package to be opened BEFORE I pay!


10:30 - Wrench, breakfast, day plan
Wrench: There is a Syngonium White Butterfly plant growing in a clay pot in Twayler's kitchen. The clay pot needed a clay dish to collect the water. So, I went outside to fetch it in. That's when I spotted the missing 7/16" socket wrench. Fell into one of the clay dishes while I was struggling with the tough plastic! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Breakfast: I may have mentioned, that my favorite to prepare and eat, consists of slices of red or white potatoes, sliced zucchini squash and diced white onion. All sautรฉed and seasoned with garlic salt. Yummm!

Only thing is, that I hardly need any food compared to how much I used to eat. It's astounding to me?! When I eat more than I am hungry for, I feel not too good, So, I don't!

Day plan: I'm going to continue replacing sheet metal screws now securing the boxes for the extension drawer with 1/4" hex bolts. It was surprising for me to find, that installing 3"x 3" right angle braces fastened with 1/4" hex bolts made the drawers sooooo much stronger!

After the extension drawer project is complete, the plan is to move lightly used items that are now stored inside Twayler, outside to these extension drawers.



5pm - Steak on the BarBie!
Somehow, everything came together today. The long awaited completion of Twayler's [2] drawers with full extension slides happened this afternoon! Yay!!

Twayler's RV site #A53 never was spic and span until this afternoon. All the left over construction material [lumber, screws, electric cords, etc] from the drawer project was gathered up and placed in its proper place.

Then, we went grocery shopping. Some of the stuff on our list was for Scampy and his upcoming trips.
  • Hairbrush
  • Nail clipper
  • Aspirin 325mg pills
  • Allergy relief pills
One thing that we bought was NOT on the shopping list. That was an impulse item and a treat for George. A New York 'T' Bone Steak!

This will be the very first time that our Weber Grill will be used. What a neat grill this Weber is too! The Weber fires up easily. Here is how:
  • Hook up the propane 
  • Turn the heat knob to start 
  • Push the red igniter button
  • Up comes the flame 
  • Wait for the temperature gage to reach at least 300℉
Note #1: Here is a [link] to the Weber Grilling Blog describing searing a steak.

Note #2: Movie recommended by George:
  • Title: Sausage Party
  • Comedy, animated movie
  • R-rated [Language and sex]
  • Released 2010
  • Plot: One sausage leads a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store
  • Vocal stars: Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Kristen Wiig
Click [here] to view "Sausage Party" trailer!




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27 comments:

  1. I agree. I often have trouble opening plastic wrapped packages...very frustrating. I should buy a hacksaw.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      Barney commented, just below your comment, that he uses metal cutting shears!

      Likely using shears would be easier than my hacksaw plan.

      Tioga George

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    2. But what if the hacksaw comes in one of those packages?

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    1. Hi Barney,

      Your sheet metal shear plan is really good.

      Tioga George

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  3. I have heard that a hand held can-opener does the trick to opening that hard plastic stuff !!!
    GREAT BLOG !!!

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    1. Hi Colleen,

      Have you tried using a hand held can opener to do this?

      Thank you sooooo much for your comment/compliment:
      . "GREAT BLOG !!!" ๐Ÿ˜Ž

      Tioga George

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  4. What about the things you buy online? I bought a special kind of scissors in the tool department. Maybe what Barney uses? The worst part is how easy it is to get yourself wounded in the process.

    From the number of opened and robbed packages I have found in stores, this is a problem. A couple of weeks ago I found a package of gloves. Supposed to help old hands when knitting. To my dismay, the package was empty. Only one there, too. I have found empty Tylenol bottles in weird places at Walmart. Just dump contents in your pocket, I guess.

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    1. Hi Rose,

      YesI I understand about how easy it is to get injured opening tough plastic packaging. The edge of the cut plastic is often very sharp!

      Maybe these people stealing stuff, are really desperate people. Because of these increasingly difficult economic times we are living in now.

      No excuse to steal. But perhaps a mitigating excuse?

      Tioga George

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  5. Try some like these in the straight cut model.
    https://www.amazon.com/Wiss-M3R-MetalMaster-Capacity-Straight/dp/B00002N5KQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478983449&sr=8-1&keywords=metal+cutting+sheers

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    1. Hi Barney,

      Those Amazon selling shears looked good!

      Tioga George

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  6. I understand that as one ages one eats less. All the more reason to make better choices, ie protein. If you are going to eat just a bit eat protein here and there. It will give you the energy you need. Your breakfast sound delicious but how about adding some cheese on top or add a tablespoon of peanut butter as a side. Greek yogurt is very high in protein.

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    1. Hi Contessa,

      Thank you sooooo much for your "cheese suggestion."

      I had some cheddar in my fridge and did not think about eating that cheese for protein.

      In only one day, I finished that small piece of cheese and bought another at the grocery.

      Tioga George

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  7. Just a plain old box cutter will accomplish the task. You just have to remember to go easy so that you don't damage the product inside of the package or slip up and slice your hands or fingers. When I store the box cutter, I place a cork from an empty wine bottle onto the sharp blade of the box cutter. I have LOTS of wine bottle corks!

    Dee

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    1. Hi Dee,

      Thank you for your box cutter suggestion! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

      Tioga George

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  8. I try to be 'so' neat when cutting those type of difficult plastic packages just in case I need to take that item back. The manufactures of that product can't complain about a torn up return package if they make it that hard to get into.

    It must be very frustrating for people who have arthritis or little strength in their hands, it would make it impossible to open those packages.

    Mark in Palm Springs.

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  9. 7/16" expected occurrence

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    1. Hi Free,

      I "unexpectedly" found that missing 7/16" socket wrench lying in a clay planter dish.

      This is an example of how the Poltergeist that vexes me plays games!

      Tioga George

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  10. The most effective way to open products wrapped in industrial grade plastic is with a gas chain saw -- or at least thats how frustrated I feel sometimes when I can't remove the plastic. Cheers

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    1. Wow, Sheila!

      That's a serious unwrapping solution. I'd like to view a video of that! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

      Tioga George

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  11. I wonder if my 16-year old granddaughter is old enough to watch that movie "Sausage Party." She thinks everything just magically appears in the grocery store! Or it may be that she doesn't want to think about it, otherwise she would not eat if she thought about it.

    Dee

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    1. Hi Dee,

      At 16 years, likely that your granddaughter may be surprised but not shocked when viewing this movie.

      The language used in the "Sausage Party" movie surprised me.

      At first, I did not believe that the word "f*ck" was actually used. After that came more "words."

      And then the "romance scene!" Really funny! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Tioga George

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  12. I found out years ago the best use of my pocket knife..To open packages of crackers and every once in a while..Packages of cupcakes...Or Twinkies.....
    David

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    1. Hi David,

      I agree completely! A pocket knife is so handy for this.

      I have a hard time opening "catsup packets" at the burger joint. I should begin carrying my "Buck" knife.

      Tioga George

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  13. What is even worse is leaving a store with the theft device still on the garment. This happened to me once and I had to drive 30 miles round trip to have the device removed. Not like the when merchants did lose too much because of shoplifting. Just shows how dishonest people have become; cause many of the honest to suffer.

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    1. Hi Raymond,

      You make a good point about current level of dishonesty.

      I've long believed that less than 10% of people are dishonest. Maybe I'm wrong, and the % is much larger now?


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  14. We have two Weber grills, one for the house and one for the rv. As you said, connect, light, heat and cook. Great steaks in minutes. We also grill a whole chicken in about 40 minutes. Turns out great. Also bought a mat for cooking veggies, fish, eggs, pancakes, etc. It works great. Found it on Amazon, two mats for around 10 dollars.

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