Solvent Can – Can Opener Attachment
Category: Shop, can opener, gadget, tool, workshop
Problem: Many of the cans for chemicals used in the shop, such as paint thinner, turpentine and the like come with a cap that snaps on. On one side it has a shelf to pry against and a slot in the cap to put a screwdriver blade in that you twist to pop the cap open. This is very inconvenient. You have to have a screwdriver close by, and of course you want to close the can after you have removed some solvent, and so there you are, fishing for the screwdriver to open it again.
Action: I took a piece of round metal, pounded the end flat, shaped it like a screwdriver, bent it around into a loop, the whole thing being about 2 inches long, and attached a magnet to it.
Result: Now, this little opener is attached to the can and is right there when I need it. It works like a charm. I can keep the solvent closed and the opener is always with me wherever I take the can.
Additional Thoughts: This would make a great giveaway, such as a pen with the name on it or a yardstick with a name. They could be made by the thousands for probably 5 cents a piece, or less, and perhaps even be included with every can, because I am sure some would become lost.
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