The Anonymous Widower

The Juice Carton Spanner

I have a weak left hand due to a stroke and find opening the plastic cartons for things like Innocent smoothies, a little difficult.  But I’m getting better and I had no trouble a few minutes ago. However, there must be many others who do, as perhaps their hands are worse than mine because of arthritis or missing fingers.

But all the caps are the same and it should be possible to create a small plastic ring spanner that mates with the cap perfectly.  Companies like Innocent might even give them away free with an advert on them, as they’d only cost a few pence each to make.

There are still so many things that need inventing!

I always remember my father had a wonderful pair of round-jawed pliers, that were always being used to open difficult bottles at home.  I’v never seen anything like them since.

June 15, 2010 - Posted by | Food, World | , , ,


  1. There are actually various ‘spanner’type gadgets available – I don’t have much strength in my right hand due to arthritis, and I also use a plastic net sort of thing (available from Lakeland) to open recalcitrant jars. Can’t remember the website offhand, but there is a marvellous shop in Edinburgh called the Whistling Tortoise (…why? oh, she just liked the name!) try Googling it for lots of ideas to help us on our way. The technology is out there!

    Lesley x

    Comment by Lesley Maciver | June 15, 2010 | Reply

  2. I couldn’t find anything out there earlier with Google. I look at it as a marketing opportunity for people like Innocent.

    For difficult jars I use a small Boa Constrictor. They are very good. I also use a big one all the time for plumbing on the stud. They’ll grip anything.

    Comment by AnonW | June 15, 2010 | Reply

  3. It is worth looking on the website of places like Boots for things which would help you as well. And as Lesley says, Lakeland are a good source of gadgets.

    If you havent already seen an occupational therapist, I would suggest you ask Addenbrookes for a home visit from one, who will go through your daily activities and suggest ways to help.

    Do you have various hand exercises to do?


    Comment by Liz P | June 15, 2010 | Reply

  4. I can manage, as I’m not that bad and my house is quite frirndly. The occupational therapist in Addenbrookes was very good and got me making tea on the first day. She also said my safety awareness was high, but then I had proper Health and Safety training at ICI in the 1960s. It all sticks as a philosophy for self-preservation. I was just taling to my old boss and he reminded me about looking on the ground and not walking in puddles. On a chemical plant they could be sulphuric acid. It’s all about threat avoidance.

    Comment by AnonW | June 15, 2010 | Reply

  5. The physios have all said that typing is good for me and are a very good hand exercise. I just miss the shift and get control occasionally.

    Comment by AnonW | June 15, 2010 | Reply

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