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Old 10-12-2019, 06:49 PM
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Child proof caps begone!

I've broken two child proof caps on medium bottles. I guess I pushed too hard downwards while turning, and "crack!" After that it was round and round, but it was never coming off. So out came various tools and I cut the top off them. Fortunately I had Two W&N old standard caps and they still fit even though it had been on a child proof top. Obviously the child proof part is only in the cap. Now one was a Old Holland bottle but the neck size and thread was the same, so naturally I reasoned perhaps this size and thread is fairly universal.

There must be loads of caps that can fulfill this function and I found one immediately. Here in New Zealand most wine bottles are now sealed with a screw cap instead of a cork. Turns out to be a perfect fit and most have that non-leaching silvered inner seal as the medium bottles do. A gentle clean with a moist tissue, dry and then perfect to go.

Most child proof caps don't give me much trouble, but it still so much easier not to have to put down a brush and just give a bottle top a simple light twist.

After two weeks waiting to see if there was some unexpected reaction with a liquin medium and finding none. I've now thrown all the child proofs out and replaced them with wine caps. I didn't know how good that would feel.

Please note we have no small children in residence.
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Old 10-12-2019, 07:31 PM
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Re: Child proof caps begone!

I too struggle with the push-down-and-turn tops of my medium bottles. The worst is the lean medium "archival" brand (which is my go-to odourless medium). The plastic bottle makes it hard to push down for the turn. Maybe I need to decant into glass jars with better lids.
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Old 10-12-2019, 08:27 PM
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Re: Child proof caps begone!

I remove and dismantle all of the childproof "safety" caps on everything I own, medicines, mediums, whatever. I am 67 live alone, have arthritis, and don't allow them in my house. I save all regular normal caps and bottles like they were some kind of precious artifact from the past.

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