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  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,640
    I have one of those jar openers @pansyface which works well but tends to chew up lids. I found another way to open lids using a very old gadget - remember those old bottle/can openers which had a round end for bottles and a triangular end for beer cans? Well you can use it as a lever under the rim of a lid to break the vacuum seal and make it easy to open jars without damaging the lids.
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,129
    For lid-opening ends, we have a small rubber disk from Lakeland. I have no idea how it works, but it does. Indeed I sometimes feel my whole life is akin to those police videos where heads are fuzzed out. That’s me, that is.
    Rutland, England
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    B3 said:
    I don't think I have any gadgets😕
    Aw might Santa bring you one B3?
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,129
    I’m stretching here the definition of gadget but I like the ribbons pinned onto our doors for displaying Christmas cards.

    Rutland, England
  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 1,973
    I've got one of those too @Hostafan1, it causes lots of problems!   There is one gadget I've found very useful -  a digital weather monitor which shows indoor and outdoor temperatures and humidity levels, plus a prediction of the weather pattern over the next six hours.  It helps convince me that I've got the heating thermostat at the right level and decide on the day's activities which are either to garden or walk!
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,043
    Arthritic hands make needing a jar opening gadget a necessity. Mine is one with a plastic loop which one puts round the lid. Cannot tighten it enough to open the lid, but it does give me a better grip. If that fails, then I tap round the edge of the lid with a wooden rolling pin. Not too hard, but that loosens the lids nicely.
    Annoying when one's grip on life begins to go!
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    edited December 2021
    I've really enjoyed the Apexel clip-on macro lens this year - again recommended on the forum. I have used it a lot this summer. @B3 sent me hers. It's a high quality, bashproof lens with few moving parts and no focus knobs, so it could well last a lifetime. My eyes don't work very well, so full scale SLRs are quite a lot of work to use for me. The lens is so quick!

    I've been reflecting that a remarkable number of things in my house I have bought on recommendation from the forum members, not just plants, in the last five years - gizmos, arts materials, cameras....   Pretty much all my plants, have a connection to the forum - often bought after discussion or review here.

  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 10,813
    My best gadget is called a Hairdryer. I'm old enough to remember the good old days when you either had to let your hair dry naturally or kneel down in front of an open fire for hours while it dried. I still remember the great excitement when my parents bought me one for a Xmas present.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • LunarSeaLunarSea Posts: 1,328
    When your PC / laptop network adapter goes on the blink, this amazing little gadget simply plugs into a USB socket and restores your communication with the world. Saves all the hassle of getting your kit repaired. Amazing!

    Clay soil - Cheshire/Derbyshire border - where old gardeners often wet their plants.
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