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Old 05-28-2015, 07:06 PM   #1
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Plastic Trash Bags

Anyone have a trick to get them open?

The older I get the less patience I have with dealing with things I think should be simple.

Most of the time I don't have a problem but there are times I think they welded the halves together and my short temper makes me say nasty words.

Is hate too strong a word for modern packaging?

Thank you very much for the SOB and all the copycats who tainted Tylenol.

Or is age my problem?

I'm willing to accept I'm just an old fart behind the times.

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Old 05-28-2015, 07:13 PM   #2
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I only use a couple a year, usually for matching luggage or a rain poncho.

I looked on YouTube and sure enough!




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Old 05-28-2015, 07:36 PM   #3
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I have trouble separating paper plates. Paper plate manufacturers want people to double up.
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Old 05-28-2015, 07:48 PM   #4
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Thank you Aunt Bea.

But I live in the Stone Age (Dial Up) and only got a "An error occurred. Please try again later." with your links.

Bet they might solve my peeve but us dinosaurs have to deal with it.

Why must a plastic bag present difficulties opening it?

And I have used them as a poncho too. They work for that rather well.

Roadfix, I don't use many paper plates but I'll bet you're right.

Maybe it's time to get out the tinfoil to make hats?
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:53 AM   #5
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Zagut, basically the first video shows the guy rubbing the bag between his palms to "rough it up" then you can open it. The other shows a guy opening a large black trash bag by stepping on the seam and pulling it up and out. Then he traps air in the bag and runs the air to the bottom like squeezing a tube of paste to get it open. Not sure which bags you use but either method might work for you.

I changed to buy the bags with the drawstrings. Really makes a difference. Easy open and close. Sure they cost a bit more but to preserve my sanity it is a small price to pay.
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Old 05-30-2015, 11:10 AM   #6
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We use about one 13-gallon plastic trash bag a week. They are in a roll in the dispenser-type box. This manner of packaging makes them difficult to open but, as noted in one of the videos, I usually just rub the bag between my palms and I have no trouble getting it open. I'm still too cheap to buy the drawstring version. Maybe when the arthritis gets too bad in my hands I'll give in.
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Old 05-31-2015, 05:42 AM   #7
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I have trouble separating paper plates.
Lol, so true. I'm a huge fan of 8" paper plates for everything from cutting up vegetables to using them as a plate for lunch.
I'm stoked when I get a batch of 100-300 and don't have to split each one apart. I've gotten down the cost to 3 cents a plate by buying in bulk. I try and use them conservatively of course.

It's probably the sheer weight of a ton of them being stacked and stored that causes them to have to be pried apart one by one. When shopping for them, I tear open the bag just enough to determine if the entire stack has been fused together.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:01 AM   #8
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Similar to the problems with opening those filmy plastic bags on a roll at the supermarket in the produce section.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:21 AM   #9
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Similar to the problems with opening those filmy plastic bags on a roll at the supermarket in the produce section.

Those drive me nuts.
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:34 AM   #10
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Jabbur, Thanks for the synopsis of the videos.

I've tried many ways to rough up the edge. (Sand paper included)

No success on some bags.

I've attempted to introduce air into the bag but if you can't find a seam to begin with you're out of luck.

Shoot if I could get air in the darned thing I could open it.

Andy, Now why did you remind me about those produce bags.

I shared a good rant with a nice lady in the grocery store one day about them.

I'm sure glad I don't use paper plates if they exhibit the same behavior. The men in white coats would surely be after me then.
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