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Max The Magnificent
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Can it be true?
Max The Magnificent   1/9/2014 12:49:24 PM
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I still have a nagging suspicion that this is a spoof (in which case it's a magnificent and elegant one) -- can it truly be the case that I've failed to observe this packaging stuff all my life?

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It's True!!!
Max The Magnificent   1/9/2014 2:29:45 PM
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My chum Ivan here in the office just sent me loads of photos showing that Cling Film and Aluminum Foil boxes DO have these push-in tabs at the end. I am completely blown away.

Seriously -- did you already know this -- am I the only person on the planet who didn't have a clue?

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Re: It's True!!!
Garcia-Lasheras   1/9/2014 7:57:10 PM
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Max: "Seriously -- did you already know this -- am I the only person on the planet who didn't have a clue?"

Arrgghhhh..... I had no idea!!! I fact, I always throw the carton case to the trash bin as I thought it was useless -- I even wonder why the case had a razor/saw in one side if it could not be used in a clean way!!!

By the way... do you expected something spectacular/shiny when the Crazy Russian wore his sunglasses? Or maybe am I too biased by youtube amateur scientist videos? ;-)

 

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Re: It's True!!!
Max The Magnificent   1/10/2014 9:23:48 AM
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@Garcia: ...when the Crazy Russian wore his sunglasses?

I think those were his safety glasses -- I've seen some of his other videos -- he always pulls on his glasses before starting any experiment -- I think he's just trying to make a point -- I like him -- I think he would be a fun guy to quaff a few beers with :-)

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So disappointed, not a new dielectric film
ARasmussen   1/13/2014 11:16:55 AM
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@Max: ...those were his safety glasses 

Given the title of your post I was excited to see him put on his safety glasses and then disappointed. I have an overactive imagination I guess.

I was certain he was going to show us how to make a huge capacitor with the Cling Film as the dielectric and the aluminum foil as the conductors that could do who knows what, maybe run our solar home 24 hours without batteries (major unreasonable expectation).  :-)

I have used the push-in tabs but find that holding the cover closed with one hand while pulling out the film/foil with the other works fine.

Thanks for sharing this.

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Re: So disappointed, not a new dielectric film
Max The Magnificent   1/13/2014 12:54:20 PM
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@Arasmussen: Given the title of your post I was excited to see him put on his safety glasses and then disappointed.

Sad face :-(

 

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Re: So disappointed, not a new dielectric film
Max The Magnificent   1/13/2014 1:02:25 PM
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@ARasmussen: I was certain he was going to show us how to make a huge capacitor with the Cling Film as the dielectric and the aluminum foil as the conductors that could do who knows what.

That sounds like an interesting project -- let us know how it goes (with pictures) LOL

 

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Re: So disappointed, not a new dielectric film
DrFPGA   1/29/2014 1:21:29 PM
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but the video was very much in the dialectic style of the great russian Film director Sergei Eisenstein...

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Re: It's True!!!
Garcia-Lasheras   1/9/2014 8:04:09 PM
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FAST UPDATE: I have a new aluminum foil pack in stock... and the case extremes have not got any push-in tab!!!
The strange thing is that there is a "complex tab mechanism" in one of the four long sides of the case and I cannot figure how it works -- this a difficult puzzle for bed-time, I'll give it a try tomorrow morning ;-)

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Bigger problems
antedeluvian   1/9/2014 3:38:06 PM
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Aside from the fact that neither the no-name cling wrap and Alcan foil that we have in our house have no fold in tabs at all- there are even greater problems that need addressing.

1. The glue on the box almost always gives up the ghost and you are left with this flimsy flap of cardboard.

2. The cardboard saw tooth perforator goes blunt after 10 cuts or so and trying to separate a length of cling wrap becomes rather irritating.

3. Why Oh why will cliong wrap never work the way it is supposed to. It will cling to itself when you don't want it to but when you wrap it around your sandwiches there is no adhesion. Try and get it to stick to a container when you want it to- there must be a secret or all these products are persecuting me- anti-antedeluvian as it were!

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Re: Bigger problems
antedeluvian   1/9/2014 3:46:04 PM
The glue on the box almost always gives up the ghost and you are left with this flimsy flap of cardboard.


I find the reverse is true on cereal boxes. Cereal box tops have these fancy cut outs to allowq you to close the box up once you have taken a serving. I find that they use such strong glue that you rip the flaps the first time you open the box, destroying the cutouts and tabs so carefully added to the box design.

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Re: Bigger problems
Max The Magnificent   1/10/2014 9:20:32 AM
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@Antedeluvian: Cereal box tops have these fancy cut outs to allowq you to close the box up once you have taken a serving.

You don't have an easy life, do you? LOL

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Re: Bigger problems
David Ashton   1/9/2014 3:51:12 PM
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@antedeluvian - I was going to say that even our cheap-n-nasty Australian home brand ones have this feature, but yours must be even cheaper and nastier.  AND ours have metal cutters!

I did notice on ours that NOWHERE on the box does it tell you to push the tabs in to hold the roll.  You'd think they would put this in large letters on the box.  Better still, get the packing machine to push the tabs in for you - why would you not use them?

I have not had time to watch any of Russian Hacker's other videos but clearly I need to do so.  Sigh - there's so much to learn......

As an aside, once when we moved I bought a 3 Km roll of cling wrap (household rolls are around 60 m) and we wrapped all our furniture in it before moving it,  Works a treat - no scuffs or dirt marks.

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Re: Bigger problems
Max The Magnificent   1/10/2014 9:21:53 AM
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@David: ...but yours must be even cheaper and nastier....

That's what he gets for buying everything at the Dollar Store :-)

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Re: Bigger problems
Bellhop   1/15/2014 4:32:07 PM
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Ditto to that! Being a cheapskate, I get the smashed rolls from the liquidator. Try unrolling one of those! If I get my hands on a nice, brand-name roll like our Russian has, I look like a Master Chef. What's with the awkward tear? I can yank that out and tear it square in one smooth motion! 

Pet peeve: Folks who allow the plastic wrap to split and keep unrolling so that when I pick it up, I find that I'm unrolling only 2/3 of the width. Then I have to take the roll out, and try to remove the leftovers from one end. That happens with rolls of tape too.

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Re: Bigger problems
Max The Magnificent   1/29/2014 1:43:21 PM
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@Bellhop: Pet peeve: Folks who allow the plastic wrap to split and keep unrolling so that when I pick it up, I find that I'm unrolling only 2/3 of the width.

I'm 100% with you on this one - grrrrrr is all I can say!

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The real answer
Duane Benson   1/9/2014 4:56:40 PM
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I think that the actual answer to the question: "How to Properly Use Cling Film & Aluminum Foil" is: You can't. Give up.

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seaEE   1/9/2014 10:32:58 PM
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I wish I had seen this earlier.  I have spent the last year modifying the propellor beanie to a tinfoil propellor beanie which is rated up to 60GHz and will screen out all alien wifi signals and is IEEE 802.11a51 (Area 51) certified as well. I could have had this project finished months ago and been selling them already.

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I knew
ost0   1/10/2014 2:38:02 AM
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Actually I found these flaps long time ago and I have been using it ever since. The problem is that they only work for a short while. When the box gets a bit sloppy after some use, the reels are falling out anyway.

 



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