Life Hack: Door Jamb Bottle Opener

About: Terminal tinkerer.

So it's lunchtime and you have an ice cold bottle of fizzy goodness...but no bottle opener. You have a couple of options...but before you find the edge of a counter and attempt to smash the bottle cap off Fonzie-style, try this.

Step 1: Find a Door

Almost every door has what's called a striker's the metal thing that is attached to the door jamb and catches the doorknob hardware. Find a door with a semi-clean striker plate.

Step 2: Place Bottle in Plate

Carefully place the bottle in the plate so that the underside of the cap catches on the edge of the plate. Try to maintain as much of a downward angle as possible as to not spill your fizzy goodness. Begin to pry downward and away from the edge of the cap.

Step 3: Success

Once the cap is removed, admire your genius and prepare for the praise and admiration of your coworkers.

Step 4: Enjoy

Consume your fizzy goodness.



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    5 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I saw this and had to comment.

    I had such a laugh seeing this pop up in lifehacks. Honestly, I did. When I was a kid, this wasn't a lifehack, it was just everyday knowledge that every kid knew about.

    Things change over the decades, though.

    I know that it's news for a great many people, so good on you for sharing it.

    4 replies

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Oh, wait. I'm not laughing at you, just at the fact that this is "new" information for so many people when in my youth, it was something that most people (guys, at least) learned in elementary school.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I guess my dry sense of humor isn't coming across in text. I wasn't suggesting you were laughing at me. Thanks for checking it out though. I think there are probably a ton of things people have forgotten that fall into this general, our problem solving skills have gone way down in the past century.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, a wink thing would have helped in that regard ;-)

    I fully agree with your statement on problem solving, but really that's only a reflection of today's technology, I think. If you take a look at old popular mechanics and popular science magazines on google books you see some incredibly sophisticated things being done in home workshops using hundred-year-old technology. Man, hackers played with everything a hundred years ago. Electrical generation, building levees, improving 300-year-old wood vise designs, etc. There were people doing metalwork, electrical, automotive, radio....

    While the magazine articles were interesting, the sections with readers' letters and workshop notes are even better. If someone published a book with the first 80 years of workshop notes I'd buy it.