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Cicero
02-01-2013, 10:18 AM
To what lengths do you go to get the last of the tooth paste.?

plod
02-01-2013, 10:33 AM
The length of the tube

Frank_sumbody
02-01-2013, 10:34 AM
All the way! running tube over the side of the bench to run the paste up to the opening end.

Zippity
02-01-2013, 10:40 AM
I've got one of the plastic clip-on-squeeze-it-all-out gizmos :)

http://liveimageserver.dlf.org.uk/mee//products/med/0015603.jpg

Richard
02-01-2013, 10:53 AM
Open the tube from the other end Cic, then you KNOW you have got the last bit first.

Terry Porritt
02-01-2013, 11:48 AM
It's a bit like the answer to life, the universe and everything, Cicero has raised a problem that is troubling the whole world; Google throws up at least 1,120,000 results on the topic: http://www.google.co.nz/#hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_rn=1&gs_ri=hp&cp=26&gs_id=r4&xhr=t&q=the+last+bit+of+toothpaste&pf=p&tbo=d&biw=1279&bih=787&sclient=psy-ab&oq=the+last+bit+of+toothpaste&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.1355534169,d.dGY&fp=5092fb0c9e82b759&bpcl=40096503

Back in the good old days when the tubes were made of zinc foil, they could be flattened and rolled up...plastic tubes can't be rolled up. ;)....except if you have the gizmo....

Frank_sumbody
02-01-2013, 11:54 AM
I've got one of the plastic clip-on-squeeze-it-all-out gizmos :)

http://liveimageserver.dlf.org.uk/mee//products/med/0015603.jpg

If / When it breaks you might like to try this "lets not spend any money on this project" http://lifehacker.com/5856507/use-your-bathroom-counter-to-squeeze-out-the-last-drops-of-toothpaste

http://lifehacker.com/5856507/use-your-bathroom-counter-to-squeeze-out-the-last-drops-of-toothpaste (notice the unique URL, what more could you ask for?)


I like to use a right angle corner with a sharper corner than the one in the photo, and hold one hand each end and apply a bit of tension as I move the paste up.

Bobh
02-01-2013, 12:13 PM
I seem to remember when I was a Boy Scout we were selling a devise which worked something like a sardine key which wound the tube around it from the bottom. We sold them as money raisers.

Cicero
02-01-2013, 12:45 PM
I seem to remember when I was a Boy Scout we were selling a devise which worked something like a sardine key which wound the tube around it from the bottom. We sold them as money raisers.

Oh good, I'll take one.

Cicero
02-01-2013, 12:51 PM
The length of the tube

We assumed that you would Plod , what is in question is the last bit. are you happy to leave a some in tube, or do you keep going till you get blood on your fingers?

Not sure how Terr's works?

gary67
02-01-2013, 01:35 PM
I was going to make a mini mangle wringer, along the lines of what the old folks used for their washing but in mini size. Never quite got around Tuit though

Cicero
02-01-2013, 01:43 PM
I was going to make a mini mangle wringer, along the lines of what the old folks used for their washing but in mini size. Never quite got around Tuit though

Would it fit in bathroom?

Cicero
02-01-2013, 01:44 PM
As you can see, I am good at spotting flaws in idea section.

Zippity
02-01-2013, 04:29 PM
To get that last dribble out of the tube, why not just suck on it? :) :)

Cicero
02-01-2013, 05:08 PM
Sounds a bit perverted to me?

R2x1
02-01-2013, 08:04 PM
Terry could probably whip you up a plan for a hydraulic chamber with the toothpaste tube mostly inside - just the nozzle coming out the end wall. Once you apply a bit of pressure to the chamber the last remnants of hermit toothpaste will squeeze out. Once the hydraulic pressure reaches 3 tonne per sq mm (Many giga pascals) it is safe to assume the tube is to all intents and purposes empty. Hi-vis jackets might be mandatory, or worse.
The economics would be worthy of a Gov't project, that last clean of the molars extracted from the unwary tube might run at $15000 per chopper. Cheaper than a cycleway, and even more useful.

Cicero
03-01-2013, 05:56 AM
Terry could probably whip you up a plan for a hydraulic chamber with the toothpaste tube mostly inside - just the nozzle coming out the end wall. Once you apply a bit of pressure to the chamber the last remnants of hermit toothpaste will squeeze out. Once the hydraulic pressure reaches 3 tonne per sq mm (Many giga pascals) it is safe to assume the tube is to all intents and purposes empty. Hi-vis jackets might be mandatory, or worse.
The economics would be worthy of a Gov't project, that last clean of the molars extracted from the unwary tube might run at $15000 per chopper. Cheaper than a cycleway, and even more useful.

I can see Terr at work as we speak. I am sure you have inspired him with that very practical suggestion.

Bobh
03-01-2013, 06:06 AM
Oh good, I'll take one.
Sorry sold out.

dugimodo
03-01-2013, 06:53 AM
Personally no great length at all, always a spare tube in the draw and it's not high finance. I just slide my finger and thumb along the length of the tube to get out the last of it and when that no longer works I toss it.

Richard
03-01-2013, 07:53 AM
After seeing the price of Colgate toothpaste (in its many varieties) yesterday, I am not surprised that this problem is one to exercise some of the finest minds in the firmament, not least of all in this fine forum. It is right up there with 'The Big Bang' and the existence (or not) of God, as a challenge to man's powers of reasoning, ingenuity, and intelligence.

I'm confident that Cicero and Terry are capable of pursuing an elegant solution, as a prominent politician would say, and may well figure in nomination for a Nobel Prize, to join such luminaries as Dr's Crick and Watson, Isaac Newton and Galileo. Go boys!!

Cicero
03-01-2013, 08:56 AM
Both Terr and I are pleased to know, that were you on the Nobel committee, we would be properly rewarded for our endeavours.

Terry Porritt
03-01-2013, 10:16 AM
I can see Terr at work as we speak. I am sure you have inspired him with that very practical suggestion.

Even as you speak I have been squeezing toothpaste in my special machine:

Cicero
03-01-2013, 10:34 AM
And that Rich, proves my point.

Gobe1
03-01-2013, 10:54 AM
4638i use this

but this would work too
4639

bevy121
03-01-2013, 11:28 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HbHAPqf102Y

Richard
03-01-2013, 12:03 PM
I never doubted for a second that Terry would produce a well-engineered device, designed for the purpose. As they say form follows function, and Terry's design certainly follows the function. Shame though it is so far behind it!.

Toothbrush manufacturers should make a brush with rollers in the handle to extract the last of the t/paste. Now there's an idea you can have for nothing.

Cicero
03-01-2013, 01:48 PM
Sorry Richard, but in retrospect I feel there might be some anal retentivity at play here.

Just that when the end is nigh, my mind wanders to what at the times seems so engrossing, I must pull myself together.

Richard
03-01-2013, 02:07 PM
Anal retentivity? Toothpaste?? You have got the wrong end of the tube Cic.

mzee
03-01-2013, 02:26 PM
I use a plastic bag clip, used mainly to close bread bags. Just roll up the tube and place the clip just above the roll. Don't roll too tight, else it will ejaculate when you remove the cap!

Cicero
03-01-2013, 03:12 PM
Anal retentivity? Toothpaste?? You have got the wrong end of the tube Cic.Just for the far northern lads.


The term retentive (also anally retentive), commonly abbreviated to anal,[1] is used conversationally to describe a person who pays such attention to detail that the obsession becomes an annoyance to others, potentially to the detriment of the anal-retentive person. The term derives from Freudian psychoanalysis.
At this rate, you are going to enter the 21st cent.

Richard
03-01-2013, 03:21 PM
As todays kids say "Whatever"

Cicero
03-01-2013, 03:46 PM
As todays kids say "Whatever"

I had a feeling you were posing as a pensioner, you kids are all the same.

Paul.Cov
03-01-2013, 05:37 PM
Easiest answer is to chew the tube. If you can chew all the way through it you've done the equivalent of brushing and flossing.

It was better with the foil tubes, coz chewing them gave a free de-scaling as well.

And no, I'm not being serious.

Cicero
03-01-2013, 05:52 PM
Easiest answer is to chew the tube. If you can chew all the way through it you've done the equivalent of brushing and flossing.

It was better with the foil tubes, coz chewing them gave a free de-scaling as well.

And no, I'm not being serious.

Phew, that was close, I nearly ran out and started chewing.

R2x1
03-01-2013, 06:59 PM
There's the trouble. You have to start chewing before you run out otherwise the mastications will be meaningless.



(Shameless lift from a Hitachi card punch operator's manual wherein it stated "When cleaning caution not to water the electric part, or the computations will be meaningless".)

R2x1
03-01-2013, 10:16 PM
Even as you speak I have been squeezing toothpaste in my special machine:

By George, I think he's got it!
Sodium Laurel Sulphate included.

Frank_sumbody
04-01-2013, 03:36 AM
......... um what is the point in spending $20 to save 10 cents of tooth paste? thats 200 tubes before you get your money back that is a lot of "blue moons"

it like driving to the other side of town to to buy something and save $1, while on the other hand people turn on the lights to eat lunch when there is enough light in the room to start with, or turning on the power at work at 8 o'clock when work does not start until 8 thirty, or not finishing your apple core before throwing it in the rubbish bin, buying soft drink down town and leaving it on the footpath for a midget elf or garden gnome to drink only for a pedestrian to kick it over. or doing a morning rant that nobody wants to give you money for,

Cicero
04-01-2013, 05:35 AM
There's the trouble. You have to start chewing before you run out otherwise the mastications will be meaningless.



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Just remember, that sort of thing can ruin your eyesight.

R2x1
04-01-2013, 07:37 PM
Why couldn't you have told me that 60 years ago? Might be a bit late now. ;)

Cicero
04-01-2013, 09:07 PM
Why couldn't you have told me that 60 years ago? Might be a bit late now. ;)

At the same time, think what you would have missed out on.

R2x1
05-01-2013, 12:33 AM
A handy thought.

Cicero
05-01-2013, 06:42 AM
A handy thought.

I know Mrs Palmer would agree!.