How to Separate Spirals (Video)

Taking Rabbit Spirals apart

Here is a top tip if you have never used rabbit spirals before.

Spirals, rabbit guards, call them what you will, are manufactured in rolls of 5 spirals. Because they are coiled like springs (there is probably some law of physics governing this) the harder you try to pull them apart, the more they grip one another. Try it and see, if you want.

Here is a quick and simple way of pulling without them tightening. Pictures usually work better than words, so have a look at this brief video on how to take a nest of five spirals apart.

If you prefer the written word, then, while wearing a pair of gloves (because spirals can have sharp edges):

1. Assuming you are right-handed, hold a roll of rabbit spirals in your left hand.

2. Insert the index and second finger of your right hand into the coiled spirals.

3. Move your fingers apart so they grip the innermost spiral and then twist. Because different batches of spirals can be coiled in opposing directions, you may need to twist both clockwise and anti-clockwise. One is the right way and you will feel the inside spiral loosen. At which point it is simple to pull it out of the nest. Repeat until you have five spirals. 


Spirals, perforated spirals, are made of plastic, recycled plastic, they can have sharp edges so it's a good idea to handle them with gloves on, and they come in nests of five. There is a knack to getting the spirals out of the nest. You go for the one on the inside, and if you put a finger in and pull out a little spiral, you'll see that there is a sharp, pointy corner, and if you take that corner between your finger and thumb, and turn it towards you, you make the spiral on the inside of the nest smaller, and you can just pull it out. And you have one spiral. And for each spiral in the nest, you can repeat that, turning it towards you, puling it out, until you've taken all five out. And that's how to take spirals out of a nest.

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