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Tips and money saving advice to help you with miscellaneous repairs. Repairs include: books, clocks, eye glasses, jewelry and more.

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glass canister and gasket

Finding Replacement Parts for Jars and CanistersIt can be difficult to find the right sized gasket or closure for an older glass container or cookie jar. Here are tips for ordering a replacement for a vintage or family treasure.


Garden swing with canopy

Finding a Replacement Canopy for a Garden Treasures SwingThis is a page about replacement canopy frame for garden treasures swing. With the proper measurements you may be able to order a replacement canopy frame.


Hoover Carpet Cleaner

Repairing a Hoover Carpet CleanerThis is a page about repairing a Hoover carpet cleaner. If you are handy and have a bit of patience, you may be able to make the needed repairs to your carpet cleaner.


Prescription Sunglasses

Removing the Tint from Prescription SunglassesThis page is about removing the tint from prescription sunglasses. Sometimes the tint color of your glasses is not the way you want it.


A pair of eyeglasses on an open laptop.

Removing Anti-Reflective Coating from GlassesWhen the reflective coating on your eye glasses is damaged you may need to remove it. This is a page about removing anti-reflective coating from glasses.


Removing Condensation from Inside a Watch

Removing Condensation from Inside a WatchThis is a page about removing condensation from inside a watch. Condensation can build up inside a watch that is exposed to water or extreme humidity.



Spray bottle of perfume.

Repairing A Perfume Spray NozzleOccasionally the spray nozzle on your perfume bottle gets clogged or simply stuck. This is a page about repairing a perfume spray nozzle.


Using a cloth to clean eye glasses

Repairing Scratched EyeglassesScratched eyeglasses are a real nuisance and make it hard to wear the glasses you need. Repairing the scratch will help you see better and your glasses will look nicer also. This is a page about repairing scratched eyeglasses.


Tinted eye glasses on white.

Tinting Eyeglasses at HomeSome people try to tint their own eyeglasses at home to save money at the optometrist. However, this can cause eye damage as the dyed glasses will not protect your eyes from the sun.


A bed in a bedroom.

Electric Blanket Error CodesThis is a page about electric blanket error codes. An electric blanket is an easy way to stay warm during the winter months. If your blanket is not working, checking the error code can help you troubleshoot the problem.


Leather Purse

Removing an Indentation From LeatherThis is a page about removing an indentation from leather. Indentations in a leather purse, shoe, or even a car seat can be unsightly.


Black plastic eyeglasses on a white background.

Repairing Scratches on Polycarbonate LensesIt is frustrating when you find scratches on your lenses. Learn how to fix scratches on glasses with these DIY eyeglass scratch repair tips.


Cracked handheld mirror laying on the ground

Repairing a Cracked MirrorThis is a page about repairing a cracked mirror. Mirrors can be expensive or difficult to replace if they get cracked. This is a page about repairing a cracked mirror.


Repairing Wind Chimes

Repairing Wind ChimesWind and sun can wreak havoc on your wind chimes. This is a page about repairing wind chimes.


Pink Purse on White Background

Repairing PursesThis is a page about repairing purses. Don't throw out your favorite purse just because it is broken or slightly damaged; try repairing it.


Black Spots on Mirror

Fixing Black Spots on MirrorsOver time mirrors can develop black areas. This page is about fixing black spots on mirrors.


Closeup of Chrome

Painting Over ChromeThis page is about painting over chrome. When you want to paint instead of polishing this metal surface, there are a few things to keep in mind.


A hand trying to remove a bulb from a recessed light fixture.

Removing a Stuck Recessed LightbulbLightbulbs can get stuck in the socket, if it is a recessed lightbulb that can make it even more difficult to remove. This is a page about removing a stuck recessed lightbulb.


pan with lid

Removing a Lid Stuck on a PanThis is a page about removing a lid stuck on a pan. Sometimes a vacuum will be created inside your covered pot. If this happens you may be unable to remove the lid.


A truck towing a vintage popup camper.

Repairing a Popup CamperThis is a page about repairing a popup camper. In order to be able to use a compact camper trailer, it must be able to lift up easily, and keep the rain out.


old photo

Removing a Photo Stuck to GlassThis page is about removing a photo stuck to glass. It is a challenge to remove a photo without ruining it from glass when it is old or has gotten wet.



Shrinking Leather

Shrinking LeatherThis is a page about shrinking leather. Whether you are trying to shrink a too big pair of shoes or something else made of leather, it can be confusing trying to find the best method.


Closeup of purse strap.

Repairing Purse StrapsPurse straps are definitely the part of the purse that gets the most stress so are more likely to need repairing. This is a page about repairing purse straps.


Stack of Glass Dishes

Unsticking Glass DishesThis is a page about unsticking glass dishes. It can be frustrating trying to get glass dishes apart without breaking them.


Four stacks of plastic cups red, yellow, green, and blue

Separating Plastic Drinking CupsThis is a page about separating plastic drinking cups. When plastic cups are stacked one inside of the other they sometimes get stuck together.


A pair of scratched eyeglasses on a cleaning cloth.

Scratch Resistant Coating is Peeling Off LensesWhen peeling eye glass lens coating makes it hard to see you may want to remove it. This is a page about scratch resistant coating is peeling off lenses.


scratched watch face

Fixing Scratches on a Watch FaceA scratched watch face can be quite annoying. Some scratches can be repaired though. This is a page about fixing scratches on watch face.


pots and pans stuck together

Separating Dishes that are Stuck TogetherThis is a page about separating dishes that are stuck together. Lids can become stuck to pots and dishes in the sink, such as two glass bowls, can stick one inside the other. This is a frustrating situation and seemingly difficult to resolve.


Old leather sofa

Repairing a Cut in LeatherThis is a page about repairing a cut in leather. A cut in the leather upholstery of your furniture, car, or other items made of leather is damage that may be best left to the professionals. However, if you are game to try there are products and methods that might do the trick.


Spray Bottle

Repairing a Spray BottleThis is a page about repairing a spray bottle. Many home cleaning and other products come in convenient spray bottles. Occasionally these sprayers can become clogged or stop working properly.


A sewing machine making repairs.

Repairing Thermal Backing on CurtainsThis is a page about repairing thermal backing on curtains. Over time, the sun can destroy the thermal backing on curtains. Repairing the backing can extend the life of the curtains.


pots stuck together

Separating Pots That Are Stuck TogetherThere is nothing more frustrating than trying to separate pots that are stuck together before being able to cook. Check out these tips and tricks for Separating Pots That Are Stuck Together.


Wicker Basket

Repairing Wicker BasketsThis is a page about repairing wicker baskets. Wicker is used to make a wide variety of baskets, including picnic baskets, hampers, and market baskets to name a few. Wear and tear can leave your favorite basket in need of repair.


Repairing an Air Mattress

Repairing an Air MattressThis is a page about repairing an air mattress. Air mattresses are a convenient extra bed for guests or for use when camping, but they do sometimes spring a leak.


A plastic lid being held on with a hair band.

Fixing Tupperware Lids That No Longer FitHeat and weight may be able to help you reshape your Tupperware lids. This is a page about fixing Tupperware lids that no longer fit.


Broken green Ceramic Plate

Repairing CeramicsThis is a page about repairing ceramics. Ceramics can be chipped or otherwise broken, rather than throwing it away perhaps it can be repaired.



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Removing a Jammed Glass Decanter Stopper?My heirloom spherical crystal decanter, with some whiskey in it, has the crystal stopper so firmly jammed that it has been unopened for 20 years. I have tried heat, cold, liquid wrench, etc., to no avail. Even glassware experts decline to try.


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Black Piano Keys are FadedHow do you restore the black keys on a piano. The black color is completely faded at the ends of the keys.


Pop up camper at a campsite.

Replacing the Window Screen in a Popup CamperA damaged window screen in your pop-up camper may prove a challenge to repair. This page contains some useful tips for repairing or replacing camper screens. This is a page about replacing the window screen in a popup camper.


Edge of a brown leather couch

Repairing a Leather SeamThis is a page about repairing a leather seam. Repairing a leather seam on furniture or other items can seem difficult.


A worn and torn binding of a hard cover book.

Repairing a Book's BindingThis is a page about repairing a book's binding. Whether an old and prized hardcover book or a inexpensive paperback, books occasionally need to have the binding repaired or replaced.


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Making Static Clings Stick AgainI bought some static decorations, the type that are supposed to stick to just about any glass surface and then peel off when you're done with them. Well, my two Santa stick-ons don't stick. Anyone know something I can do to make some staticy or something so that I can hang them?


Antique tea cup and saucer.

Repairing Cracks in Fine ChinaThis is a page about repairing cracks in fine china. Fine china is very expensive to replace and often is a family heirloom. While the repaired piece may never be as strong again, there are methods to repair these cracks.


Broken Porcelain Doll

Repairing Broken Porcelain Dolls and FigurinesThis is a page about repairing broken porcelain dolls and figurines. It is very sad when treasured porcelain dolls or figurines get chipped or broken. Sometimes if the damage is not too bad they can be fixed.


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Can Corningware Dish be Repaired?What kind glue do I use to repair a broken Corningware casserole dish?


Photos That are Stuck Together

Separating Photos That are Stuck TogetherThis page is about separating photos that are stuck together. Moisture can wreak havoc and destroy your photos.


Old wooden steamer trunk.

Restoring a Steamer TrunkMany early immigrants moved their precious belongings in these big trunks. You can fix them up and use them in a variety of ways. This is a page about restoring a steamer trunk.


Blue Mosaic Soap Dispenser

Repairing a Soap DispenserIf your soap dispenser breaks try and fix it instead of buying a new one. This is a page about repairing soap dispensers.


Purple and Black wrist watch

Replacing a Watch BatteryThis is a page about replacing a watch battery. When your watch stops working, the first possibility is that the battery is dead. Although it is sometimes difficult to remove the back, you can replace the battery yourself.


Nail Polish Remover Stain on Leather

Fixing Nail Polish Remover Stains on LeatherNail polish remover does a great job of removing polish, but if used or spilled on leather it can damage the dye. This is a page about fixing nail polish remover stains on leather.


Earbuds Missing Foam Covers

Replacing Foam Earbud CoversThis page is about replacing foam earbud covers. These very, small headphones can suffer a lot of wear. The foam ear cushion may need to be restored.


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Fixing Pin Hole In Cake PanI've got an aluminum cake pan with a pin hole on the bottom. Any suggestions as to how to fix it?


coffee cup stuck in small bowl or cup

Separating Fiestaware That is Stuck TogetherIce and hot water is usually the best method for separating glass or ceramic dishes. This is a page about separating Fiestaware that is stuck together.


Vintage chalkboard

Fixing a Chalkboard That Can't Be Written OnThis is a page about fixing a chalkboard that can't be written on. If you find that you can no longer write on your chalkboard, you can try cleaning it with Dawn. Here are some other tips to help recondition your chalkboard.


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Reattaching a Pot Lid HandleI have a pot lid made of fairly thin stainless steel. This morning while washing the lid, its handle popped off. It appears to have had two simple spot welds holding the handle to the lid.


Hand holding tweezers

Repairing and Sharpening TweezersSometimes you may need to make minor adjustments or repairs to your tweezers. This is a page about repairing and sharpening tweezers.


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Repairing Terra CottaCan broken Terra Cotta be repaired? I have a Terra Cotta Sun and a couple of the pieces have broken off. Can they be glued back on?


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Separating Stuck Together PagesI stored some crafting books in my storage barn in a box for a couple of years because I didn't have room for them in my home and wasn't ready to part with them.


Pop Up Camper Won't Go
All the Way Down

Pop Up Camper Won't Go All the Way DownIt is sometimes difficult to determine why your camper top is not closing all the way. This is a page about pop up camper won't go all the way down.


Garden Angel Statuary

Repairing Concrete StatuaryThis page is about repairing concrete statuary. Sometimes even this solid material can get broken.


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Sharpen Electric Shaver BladesBefore you replace those blades on your electric shaver, you can easily resharpen them for a temporary new life. Make a light mixture of Mineral Oil with Toothpaste (not the gel type) and apply to the shaver's screen/blade surface.


Carpet showing front and back side

How to Repair the Backing on a Throw RugOver time and after repeated washings the backing on throw rugs can dry out and even begin to crumble. Often the face of the rug is still in good shape. This is a page about how to repair the backing on a throw rug.


Rusted Nut

Removing a Rusted Nut or BoltThis page is about removing a rusted nut or bolt. Rusted metal nuts and bolts can be difficult to jar loose.


Blue eyeglass frames on white background.

Changing the Color of Eyeglass FramesWhen you want a different look for your glasses, you can carefully paint your frames with finger nail polish or permanent markers. This is a page about changing the color of eyeglass frames.


Smoking a cigarette in a car.

Repairing a Cigarette Burn on Car UpholsteryThis is a page about repairing a cigarette burn on car upholstery. Cigarettes cause holes in the upholstery of a car that may be difficult to repair.


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Repairing Antique Paper MacheI have a wonderful, full body paper mache antique chicken. I recently moved and it got broken. Can someone recommend a way to repair it? Thanks in advance.


Saving a Vellux Blanket That Is Disintegrating - blanket losing its fiber

Saving a Vellux Blanket That Is DisintegratingSo I have this amazingly soft blanket that I sleep with every night, and I've had this type of blanket since I was extremely young. My first one I had had since I was a very young toddler up until I was maybe 19 or so. I got rid of it was because it had practically completely disintegrated. Now so is this one.


A sink full of dirty dishes, including plates and a frying pan.

Removing a Plate Stuck in Frying PanOften removing a plate that is stuck in a frying pan can be accomplished by heating the pan up a bit. This is a page about removing a plate stuck in frying pan.


An eyeglass lens that has been made cloudy with acetone.

Acetone Made My Eyeglasses CloudyAcetone can destroy the coating on eyeglasses. If you accidentally get some on your lenses you will need to take them to a shop to see if the damaged coating can be removed and a new coating applied. This is a page about acetone made my eyeglasses cloudy.


old photos

Removing Paper Stuck to a PhotoPhotographs save our precious moments and memories. This page is about how to save a photograph that has paper stuck to it.


Pen Ink on Paper

Removing Pen Ink From PaperThis is a page about removing pen ink from paper. It can be difficult to remove ink from any kind of paper.


Clock Repair

Repairing ClocksClocks are an essential part of our daily lives. This page is about repairing clocks.


Electric Blanket Controls

Replacement Controls for a Biddeford Sealy Electric BlanketElectric blanket controls have a tendency to fail before the blanket does. This a page offers advice about how to find replacement controls for a Biddeford Sealy electric blanket.


An unlit bamboo tiki torch on a white background.

How Long To Soak Tiki Torch WicksIf you want to replace the wicks in your outdoor tiki torches, it's easy to do yourself. Just soak the wicks for 30 minutes and they should be ready to use. Check out more advice below.


Mobile Home

Repairing a Mobile HomeMaintaining and replacing parts on these inexpensive homes present unique challenges for the home owner. This page is about repairing a mobile home


Percolator Filter

Finding Replacement Percolator PartsThis page is about finding replacement percolator parts. A type of boiler coffee maker, whether plug-in or stovetop, needs to have an inner stem and basket.


Marble Countertop

Repairing a Burn Mark on a Marble CountertopThis is a page about repairing a burn mark on a marble countertop. There are ways that you can repair a burn on marble that may not damage the surface.


Popup camper opened and closed.

Top Not Staying Up on a Pop Up CamperThis is a page about top not staying up on a pop up camper. Repairing a pop up camper that will not stay open will require first determining exactly what mechanism is malfunctioning or broken.


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Can You Soften Hairbrush Bristles?I was given a pocket bristle Mason and Pearson hairbrush for my 21st birthday 26 years ago, and it's served me well over the years. It's the only brush I've ever had that has brushed my hair just the way I like it; not too hard, and not too soft. And it gives it lots of body.


A white toilet with a green toilet seat cover.

Using a Toilet Seat CoverThis page is about using a toilet seat cover. A nice decorating touch for the bathroom, but the bowl cover still needs to work properly.


A whiskey decanter with a stopper.

Decanter Stopper is Too LooseThis is a page about decanter stopper is too loose. Keeping the contents of a glass decanter from evaporating may require an additional gasket.


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Acetone Damage on Eye GlassesHow can you repair eye glasses with acetone damage?


How to Patch Tears in Rubber Gloves - repaired glove

How to Patch Tears in Rubber GlovesHaving your dish gloves fill with water defeats the purpose of using them. The next time you find a hole in your dish gloves, try patching them before deciding to throw them out.


A worn pink blanket.

Restoring a Childhood BlanketRestoring a beloved childhood blanket is an important project. If you do not want to cut it apart and remake it anew, consider backing it with a piece of fabric and sewing the two pieces together to reinforce the childhood memory item. This is a page about restoring a childhood blanket.


A pair of eyeglasses.

Armour Etch Left Film on GlassesArmour Etch can be helpful when removing reflective coating from plastic eye glass lens, but can leave a film and even scratch glass lenses.


Replacing a Jump Ring - suppies

Replacing a Jump Ring on JewelryDon't throw out your broken jewelry. It is easy to replace a broken jump ring. Let us show you how.


Repairing a Lopsided Luggage Wheel - sand to shape

Repairing a Lopsided Luggage WheelRepair a damaged luggage wheel with Plast-aid, it will help fill in broken areas on the rolling surface of your suitcase wheels. Learn how to make this repair below.


Repairing a Serta Foot Warmer

Repairing a Serta Foot WarmerHow do I take the plug apart to check the connections?


Repairing a Comforter - white comforter with raised flowers

Repairing a ComforterSo I bought a beautiful comforter online from Target. I didn't notice right away that it isn't sewn together at all. The fill is flat and moves around whenever you move it. The top and bottom don't have any stitching holding the fill in place. I feel like I can fix it, but can't seem to find any techniques online to do this!


Repairing Tear in a Polyester Tote Bag - worn or torn spot on bag

Repairing Tear in a Polyester Tote BagMy mother bought me a cute Hello Kitty tote bag. And just today I realized that it had a little tear on a corner. And I wasn't sure of material inside, it says polyester. I don't know how to fix it. Any tips?


Jewelry findings and tools for repair.

Repairing JewelrySometimes repairing a piece of jewelry is easy enough to do with tools you might have a round the home. However, detailed work should be taken to jeweler to be repaired properly.


Repairing a Denison Gramophone - dangling arm

Repairing a Denison GramophoneI need advice on how the speed control arm end (with leather pad) is connected to adjust speed. My Dension seems to be dangling in thin air and not connected to a mechanism to control spin speed.


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Coleman Camper Not Cranking Up CompletelyI have a 2003 Coleman Santa Fe pop up. It cranks manually. I have never had a problem with it. This season when I cranked it up it seems it is not up enough. It is about an inch and a half short; the door only fits if I lift it up a little. Any ideas on what's wrong and how to fix?


Repairing the Leg on a Horse Figurine - closeup of broken leg, looks like African motif paper covering perhaps plaster

Repairing the Leg on a Horse FigurineMy horse's leg is broken in one place, but it is still attached. I was seeing how much it is going to cost to get it fixed if it can. Can you please let me know if it can? I had gotten it as a gift from my mom who had passed away. I love it so much that I don't want to throw it out.


An old worn out leather handbag.

Fixing Up a Worn-Out Leather HandbagIf you have a beloved leather handbag that has worn-out parts, it's often possible to fix or refurbish them for more years of use. Look for leather bags with minor problems at thrift stores and garage sales.


Reviving An Old Outdoor Planter - add your plants

Reviving An Outdoor PlanterTurn trash into treasure with a bit of paint and elbow grease. Adding bright color to an old metal plant stand can give your garden an extra pop. This is a page about reviving an old outdoor planter.


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Repairing Kitchen TongsI have a kitchen tong that is very hard to spread. How do I "unstick" it?


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Repairing a Carnival Glass DishI broke a carnival glass dish. How do I repair it?


Air Conditioner Making Travel Trailer Roof Bow - trailer with AC on roof

Air Conditioner Making Travel Trailer Roof BowA rooftop RV air conditioner can cause bowing due to water leakage and weight. To repair this damage you will need to dry out the roof if needed, and reinforce it to withstand the unit's weight. This is a page about solutions for an air conditioner making a travel trailer's roof bow.


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Can Movie Theater Speakers Loosen Light Bulbs?I work in a movie theater and some lights go out due to the vibration of the speakers. The light bulbs are never out. I think its just the vibration of the speakers causing the bulbs to become loose. Is there a way to troubleshoot this? Or just a common problem in a movie theater?


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Repairing an AMI Model 800 JukeboxI have an AMI model 800 jukebox that needs repair. It hasn't worked in quite a few years. What is a good process to follow?


Percolator Handle Dried Out and Gray Looking - handle no longer shiny black

Percolator Handle Dried Out and Gray LookingI have an old stainless steel percolator. I know how to clean it except how to restore the look of the handle; it ashy looking. I would like to restore it to black, it looks dried out.


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Repairing Old Figurines - four vintage figurines

Repairing Old FigurinesI fixed these before I started visiting Thrifty-Fun, but the instructions should be easy to follow.


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Drinking Glasses Stuck TogetherWhen glass glasses get stuck together, it can be challenging to separate them, lest one or both break. I solved this by carefully pouring a small amount of vegetable oil between them and letting them sit overnight for the oil to disseminate.


Shortening a Watch Band with Links - clasp attached

Shortening a Watch Band with LinksSave money and do it yourself! Shortening a watch band can be quite easily done at home.



Mail Wedged in the Letterbox - wads of mail

Mail Wedged in the LetterboxRecently we had a lot of rain and someone had posted a rolled up ton of mailers and junk in my letterbox. Of course, the papers swelled and got jammed in the opening. I've tried brute force, tried ripping little bits off it, but it's still packed tight. Has anyone got any bright spark of an idea how to solve this without putting a new fence in? :)


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Repairing the Pump on an Air MattressI have an Intex inflatable mattress and the motor just blew out. How do I repair this?


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Stella Electric Blanket Won't Heat UpI also have a Stella E/B Model EBKBFL that doesn't heat up. All the lights on the remote are in a flashing formation up and down. It has been disconnected and reconnected, and all connections are secure.


Turning Off a Hydro-Sil Heater - thermostat

Turning Off a Hydro-Sil HeaterHow do I turn it off for the season, or at least turn it down? I keep trying to set the temp to 50, but it's not cooperating.


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Repairing an Air BedHow do I fix a pump up bed that has bowed in the middle due to heat from sun?


Lid Stuck in Glass - green orange juice jug lid stuck in tall glass

Lid Stuck in GlassThis green lid from a jug of orange juice fell into the cup with the orange juice in it. Somehow it landed perfectly to lodge in there and will not budge. When I tipped it upside down not a drop drips out. I broke another glass try to sit it upside down in the glass to see if gravity would eventually take over and drop the lid and juice into the glass.


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