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Started by Cordelia on Nov 25, 2018 9:29:06 PM
My pan lid has vacuum-sealed itself to the worktop

Just that really - it’s a large stainless steel casserole lid, and I put it on the worktop when I dished up the stew half an hour ago. I can’t shift it now. Help!

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Cordelia - 25 Nov 2018 21:30:29 (#1 of 138)

I don’t want to scratch the worktop so trying to lever it away with a sharp knife isn’t the answer.

postie - 25 Nov 2018 21:31:42 (#2 of 138)

a little detergent around the rim could enable it to slide?

Verdigris - 25 Nov 2018 21:31:44 (#3 of 138)

Carefully pour boiling water on it.

indlovubill - 25 Nov 2018 21:31:48 (#4 of 138)

Apply some heat to the pan lid, hot water from a boiled kettle. You beat me to it by 4 seconds, Verdi !

foghorn - 25 Nov 2018 21:33:55 (#5 of 138)

Call the emergency services.

Tadagee - 25 Nov 2018 21:34:30 (#6 of 138)

Move house.

Cordelia - 25 Nov 2018 21:35:49 (#7 of 138)

I shall try the hot water method as that’s been suggested twice. Thanks!

AppleCatcher - 25 Nov 2018 21:35:52 (#8 of 138)

Slide it to the side of the worktop.

Tadagee - 25 Nov 2018 21:39:16 (#9 of 138)

If she could do that it wouldn't be vacuum sealed

solomongursky - 25 Nov 2018 21:39:28 (#10 of 138)

Put a speaker on the counter & turn the bass up & play "Reggae Like It Used To Be" by Paul Nicholas.

AppleCatcher - 25 Nov 2018 21:40:58 (#11 of 138)

Vacuum sealing (ie pressure pushing in from the top) shouldn’t prevent it from moving sideways.

Verdigris - 25 Nov 2018 21:41:40 (#12 of 138)

Depends on the coefficient of friction.

solomongursky - 25 Nov 2018 21:43:54 (#13 of 138)

Start a small fire UNDER the counter.

robbie76 - 25 Nov 2018 21:46:52 (#14 of 138)

Come back to us when you've measured the coefficient of friction.

Verdigris - 25 Nov 2018 21:48:28 (#15 of 138)

It will be greater than 1 bar times the surface area of the pan lid.

foghorn - 25 Nov 2018 21:51:28 (#16 of 138)

Pray.

Cordelia - 25 Nov 2018 21:51:41 (#17 of 138)

It won’t move sideways either - it’s totally stuck. This has never happened before - I’ve owned the casserole for over fifteen years and this specific worktop for nearly three!

Hot water and detergent have failed. So has a palette knife.

Next thing I’m going to try is leaving it overnight with the window open - the kitchen gets very cold if I do that in this weather - it might create a weeny air gap.

FleurDuMal - 25 Nov 2018 21:55:08 (#18 of 138)

Can you unscrew the knob on top?

foghorn - 25 Nov 2018 21:55:27 (#19 of 138)

It will only contract the air further. Probably shattering your ceramic top.

You need to get a bench press rigged over this disaster and start drilling. Now.

Cordelia - 25 Nov 2018 21:55:43 (#20 of 138)

Except it’s not actually going to get that cold tonight. Damn.

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