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Separating Plastic Drinking Cups

How do you pull apart two plastic tumblers, that are stuck together?

By MARPFAR from Leominister, MA

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July 31, 20090 found this helpful
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If there's any gap between the two tumbler lips, trickle warm water into that area. The water may act as a buffer and lubricant. Wiggle the two tumblers in opposing directions. You could also submerge the two tumblers in warm water (dishwater worked for me,) and try this same technique.

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July 28, 20090 found this helpful

Try putting the outside one under hot water (so it expands), & maybe put ice-water in the inter most one (so it contracts).

If they are super-stubborn, grab them with pliers that have masking or duct tape wrapped over the ends so it won't mar the plastic.

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July 29, 20090 found this helpful

Set the outside one in a pot of steaming water on the stove for a bit, remove, and quickly fill the inner one with ice.swirl around for a second or two, and tug!

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