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Stuck filter? Take off your shoe

but try these other tips first


Attach an elastic rubber band to the filter for a better grip. This is often all that it takes to unstick  the filter.
Attach an elastic rubber band to the filter for a better grip. This is often all that it takes to unstick the filter.

Have a stuck filter that just won’t budge when you attempt to twist it off? Here are three ways of unsticking that filter.

1) A WIDE ELASTIC BAND

You can try encircling the filter with a wide elastic band to give you a better grip. It works well with overly-tight lids on jars, and usually does the job with filters, too. Firmly grip the elastic that's around the filter, but turn the lens for better torque.


2) USE A SECOND FILTER & A STRIP OF TAPE

Screw on another filter so you have two filters on the lens, then tape both filters together with masking or plastic tape. The tape provides a good grip and applies even pressure on the stuck filter when rotating both together to unscrew the filter from the lens.

Once both filters are off, simply remove the tape and separate them.

Attach another filter, tape the two together and they should both should come off together.
Attach another filter, tape the two together and they should both should come off together.

If you have any concerns about scratching your filter when using this method, insert a clean cotton pad between the shoe and the filter.
If you have any concerns about scratching your filter when using this method, insert a clean cotton pad between the shoe and the filter.

3) YOUR SHOE (BELIEVE IT OR NOT)

If neither the elastic band nor the tape works (which would be very unusual), there is an unorthodox but effective way to remove a stuck filter.

Take your shoe off, remove any grit from the bottom, use the sole to press firmly against the ridges of the filter, and give it a twist. Make sure the sole is facing up to keep any grit from falling on the filter.

After all, a sole’s surface is made to have a good grip, but a word of warning: your shoe must have a flat sole. A knobby, contoured or ridged sole may scratch or crack the filter.


AFRAID TO USE YOUR SHOE IN CASE YOU MIGHT CAUSE SOME DAMAGE?

Then use a piece of leather (like a wide belt, for example) that will give you the overall even grip on the outer ring of the filter that it takes. No leather around? Any clean, dry, rubbery material - as long as it is flat and will provide grip over the entire edge of the filter - should also do the job.

TIPS FROM OUR VIEWERS

Viewer, Chuck Boren, has the right idea. He sent us the following tip: "Try using your camera strap. Wrap a length of your camera strap around the filter's outside ring like you would wrap an oil filter wrench around an oil filter on your car. Where the camera strap meets itself, pinch it tight using your thumb and index finger so that the strap will not slide when you turn the filter. The best type of strap is the thin leather type. It will let you concentrate more clamping force and the leather has a higher friction coefficient."

And viewer, Nolan Meeks, suggests "For a stuck filter, the sidewall of your car tire works, too!"