Reader Melissa writes in to remind us of this homeliest of homely tools:
“The nut pick. The kind that comes with a crappy grocery store nut cracker set
. The set usually comes with a couple picks. I started using them to fix standard Christmas tree lights – those bulbs can be so hard to get out, but the pick makes it easy to lever out the bulb. Also fuses in fuse boxes. I also use them to clean out crevices with a bit of paper toweling wrapped around the end. Now I just call it my universal tool.”
And, of course, you can use the crappy nutcracker itself in the shop and around the house for any gripping and twisting on small, stubborn lids and other objects.