Out paddling all day, you need some protection on those purdy lips, right?
I often drop Chapstick or similar products in my pocket. I've never understood why when I take the chapstick out of my pocket, it is extended all the way into the top of the stick tube. I can accept that moving around in my pocket might spin the little wheel that deploys the product, but why doesn't it ever retract inside the tube. It always screws outward.
Does this happen to your chapstick? Why is it unidirectional?
I apologize in advance for this post. It's kind of a stupid topic. Perhaps it is the exception to the rule that there are no stupid questions. But, like the character in Dirty Harry said, "Mistah, I gots ta know..."
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Kind of like;|
Posted by: Jackl on May-18-14 6:39 PM (EST)
"does your chewing gum loose it's flavor on a bed post over night" !
Of all my problems|
Posted by: pirateoverforty on May-18-14 9:58 PM (EST)
guess I can be thankful this isn't one of them.
Posted by: betmkaplan on May-18-14 10:13 PM (EST)
Maybe when you are south of the Equator, then it will retract instead of extend.
Coriolus effect. Move to Australia. |
Posted by: ezwater on May-18-14 10:21 PM (EST)
Curse of the Booztalkin' Mariner|
Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on May-19-14 7:48 AM (EST)
Try a different pocket|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on May-19-14 12:33 PM (EST)
If your right pocket unwinds the Chapstick, maybe the left one will spin it the other way. Maybe if you keep switching it between pockets at the proper time interval, it will always be ready to use at any given moment.
Good idea, but the problem is the hole|
Posted by: deuce on May-20-14 4:42 PM (EST)
will eventually become stripped due to the constant....... ah, screw it.
can you buy chapstick in a tin?|
Posted by: slushpaddler on May-19-14 12:50 PM (EST)
Like you can with...Burt's Beeswax?
Posted by: WaterBird on May-19-14 1:08 PM (EST)
Bag Balm: http://www.bagbalm.com/why-bag-balm-is-better.htm Buy it in a large can and put it in a small container. Best price is as Target.
Mine usually melts when left in the car|
Posted by: Yanoer on May-19-14 1:36 PM (EST)
in my PFD pocket.
It lacks an off-side roll|
Posted by: pikabike on May-19-14 2:41 PM (EST)
You'll have to teach it the non-screw roll.
Posted by: taj on May-19-14 7:00 PM (EST)
When you open a tube get out the cordless drill and make a hole through the side of the tube. If you really want it centered you will need a drill press. Get a "hairpin" (the machinery type) and stick it through the tube. It will hold the chapstick from advancing or retreating unless it gets too warm. When you need to advance it remove the pin and reinsert it at the proper height. On hot days keep an ice cube in your pocket next to the tube.
Hee hee, a cotter pin for Chapstick|
Posted by: pikabike on May-20-14 1:24 PM (EST)
Tim, you win the award for most bizarre application of a common mechanical fix!
Its what I do...|
Posted by: taj on May-21-14 10:06 AM (EST)
fix it all.
It's a Yank gone Brit el Kinda Thing!|
Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on May-21-14 7:52 AM (EST)
is lip balm a NE natural resource?|
Posted by: slushpaddler on May-21-14 8:33 AM (EST)
Is there a lipbalm mine somewhere in MA, or a herd of lipbalm cattle in VT? Maybe a tax incentive for lip balm manufacturers in NH?
Thought this was explained by|
Posted by: poleswithsoul on May-21-14 6:24 PM (EST)
Anyone like "Blast from the Past"?|
Posted by: pat2 on May-21-14 6:51 PM (EST)
A duck walks into a drugstore and asks for chapstick. "Certainly" the clerk replys, "how would you like to pay for that". The duck replys "put it on my bill".
Sayyyy! Y'er a...|
Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on May-22-14 8:00 AM (EST)
...regular Aquilla the Pun, ain't ya? Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.
seriously, I have the same problem.|
Posted by: string on May-22-14 9:03 AM (EST)
I like the cotter pin idea but it will snag on the mesh PFD pocket and you will never get it out.
Exception's to the Rule|
Posted by: booztalkin on May-22-14 12:21 PM (EST)
Well, the replies of all you good-hearted p-netters have made this thread an exception. Usually, questions here yield useful responses. Not so much on this one.
OK, OKAAAAAAYAH! So it's... |
Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on May-22-14 5:14 PM (EST)
...practical solutions ya want. (Well, I could see where poetic poppycock and revisiting droll Henry James might not bring joyous insight to your twisted conundrums and peptic ulcers.)
It unwinds because....|
Posted by: taj on May-23-14 10:10 AM (EST)
it unwinds due to|
Posted by: leighrobin on May-26-14 9:36 PM (EST)
chapstick marketing strategy. they feel it is in their best interest that the consumer uses the product only once. This way they can get .95 cents more from you sooner. Northrup Grumman had engineers on this in the 1970s. Someday they will release the top secret memos regarding this.
Posted by: leighrobin on May-28-14 6:18 AM (EST)
it has to be heat expansion. I use CarMax or Vaseline in a tube with a different type of closure. when I use it, it gushes out initially. therefore- heat expansion.
Posted by: CEWilson on May-28-14 8:13 AM (EST)
It probably has to do with the screw threads or the threaded "nut" in the gook cup they run through. Natch, they are molded. Natch it's harder to mold upen angles than straight 90 dg sides. The engineers probably open the threads on the up and out side more than the close side because no-one wants the cup screwed all the way down.
all you are not devoting your efforts|
Posted by: kayamedic on May-28-14 9:07 AM (EST)
to the best research.
A Paddler Waxes Philosophic|
Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on May-28-14 12:15 PM (EST)
This is a question for ...|
Posted by: HotelRoyale on May-28-14 1:20 PM (EST)
Cecil Adams, the world's smartest person and overall grand poobah at "The Straight Dope". Cecil tackles the tough questions and this would seem to be one of them.