Jerry can with a stuck lid

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  1. Invader

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    I bought a pair of Blitz jerry cans (red w/screw top) at a garage sale recently. I usually check the insides before buying but I couldn't get the lid off (figured because the can was so hot from sitting in the sun) and since the other one looked good I just bought it. But after letting it cool in my garage, it still wont budge. I've tried a screwdriver and hammer against the points and gotten it to turn 1/4 at most. The can itself looks like its taken a couple hits, but I dont see any warping of the screw collar. Penetrating oil obviously cannot get past the rubber gasket, so any ideas how to open this thing?
     
  2. jbett98

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    Try the penetrating oil anyway. Give it 24 hrs and it should wicked around the threads by then.
    Don't do what my idiot neighbor tried (propane torch). It was empty, but the gas fumes inside made for a big bang when it finally got hot enough.
    I really like a product called Kroil by the KANO company. "The oil that creeps". You can only order it online, but it's worth it.
     
  3. Invader

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    already tried both liquid wrench and wd-40, I'll have to look into Kroil.
     
  4. accessbob

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    Mossberg 500 Chainsaw will get that open for you.
     
  5. slimer13

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    Ask your wife to open it for you:p
     
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  6. deadeye

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    PB blaster works good you can get it at most auto parts stores.
     
  7. Invader

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  8. knuckle Head

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    well the last thing I know to do is spray as sadi above with PB Blaster, let is set overnight, spray it again let sit a little bit then one more time.

    Now put beteen two objected that will not allow it (the can ) to twist side ways, take a long heavy duty screw drive hold both ends and place the screwdriver evenly between the notches of the cap, turn a little back and forth, spray a little, turn a little, this should work it off, it may take some muscle to do it this way, but it is the last thing I can think of.

    if not yo have to decide if you are going to force it off and maybe have to re thread the and buy a new cap, I had problems finding a cap and for one of mine and wrote Blitz a really nice email and they sent two new caps along with two new seals, not saying they will do it, bu tyou never know?
     
  9. BillM

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    If you need a new cap from Blitz, you may be SOL. They filed
    for bankruptcy last November, and I've heard they are going
    to shut down.
     
  10. greydog111

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    Use a brass or plastic mallet. Tap repeatedly till it is free.
     
  11. Jablunty

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    Bummer. Probably loosing too much money do to the crappy eco friendly, worthless nozzles.
     
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  12. knuckle Head

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    lmao probably truely they are worthless, I spill more fuel filling a pice of equipment than fume saved, I watch craigslist and buy every old vented gas can, i can get my hands, got them coming out my ears.
     
  13. Blitzkrieg

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    This. If you're going to use it for fuel or oils anyway then Kroil is the ticket. It will likely turn off by hand if you let the Kroil penetrate overnight
     
  14. Sun195

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    I quit using the nozzles since getting a super siphon - no more spilled fuel, no more mess.

    I used something similar to this gas can on a project recently - no leaks and the ability to control fuel flow with the pour valve. It was nice, but they ain't cheap.
     
  15. ak56

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    Label it "child-proof cap" and let a four year old at it. Should be open in a few minutes.
     
  16. JackThompson

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    Maybe try hitting the lid with a can of compressed air upside down? (To freeze the lid and shrink it)
     
  17. RedneckRampage

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    Heat it up with a torch ;)
     
  18. Swedish K

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    I've used a tire iron to loosen the lid on an old jerry can in the past - Just enough leverage to get it open...
     
  19. Will

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    Heat works to loosen threads but if it's a gas can that might be a problem. :confused:
     
  20. Swedish K

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    maybe go the other direction - put the can out in the sun for a while till it warms up nicely then ice the lid - can expands lid shrinks clearance for threads improves...
     

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