Steel Lid Stuck into a Steel Box?

I have a steel box lid stuck into another steel box tightly. I tried different ways, but have not been successful. Can someone help me with how to separate these two without any damage to both box and lid?


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October 21, 20150 found this helpful
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You can try putting ice in the smaller box and running very hot water over the outside of the larger box at the same time. May need several tries to have the large one expand and the small one shrink at the same time.

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June 19, 20160 found this helpful

This method worked after much going back and forth keeping one pot hot and the other cold...waters. We also created a space to allow between the two pots to add hot water to the lower pot to bring to a boil...with a twisting pot going one way bottom pot going the oposite way...the suction released...and the pots separated...easily.


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October 22, 20150 found this helpful

Good thinking, DCA! Steel doesn't typically expand or contract a lot but it may do the trick. If you could insert or pour grease of some kind between the two, that might help as well. Find someone to help? Two sets of hands on this would make it easier.

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October 23, 20150 found this helpful

Awhile ago someone had a similar problem with dishes, and they used dish soap as a lubricant. That might be a better first choice if the ice/hot water doesn't work right away.

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