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I have just bought 2 large terracotta pots and they have jammed together. How can I get them apart?



Put a piece of carpet or a folded blanket on the ground, and lay the pots down on it. Have a close and understanding friend grab one rim, while you grab the other, and try to pull them apart--it helps to pull on one side, then the other, and repeat. Hopefully, after 10 or 15 lusty tugs, it will work itself loose. Sometimes it helps to heat the outside one with a hairdryer just before tugging. Banging alternate sides of the bottom of the outside pot with a rubber mallet also helps, but there is more risk of breakage. In my work, I have had to deal with this many times, and in about 5% of cases, one pot still winds up breaking.

24 Jul, 2010


Alternatively position a short thick cane 4-6 inches long into one of the drainage holes under the bottom pot (right way up). Lift both pots very slightly and gently tap down onto the cane. This usually separates them.

24 Jul, 2010


Just be careful that the cane doesn't slip through the upper drainage hole and poke you in the eye!

27 Jul, 2010


4-6inches long? :-)

27 Jul, 2010


Oops! Someday me learn read good!

28 Jul, 2010


You could have been lying down looking at it, doing it ;-))

28 Jul, 2010


Um...urrgh...oof...OW! : D

28 Jul, 2010



29 Jul, 2010

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