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I have arthritis and do not have enough power in my hands. At the moment I am using and 'egg-separator' which is very difficult. Thank you for your time. :)

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For those just reading the title - this is what I ended up doing.

Whoo Hoo. Found an old wooden chisel handle. Had a rubber, self adhesive rubber table leg pad. Stuck it, trimmed it. Works lovely :) Fee free to use.
Thank you for the tool suggestion.
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I was also experimenting with small hard rubber objects which allow you to press without having to grasp. I was using cat/dog toys which were slightly too large but there might be something in your house which would work. Less likely to damage microwave. I wouldn't use a prying tool.
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You got me experimenting on the button of my old microwave. The handle of a screwdriver or a small flashlight worked better than my fingers. You've probably found something by now.
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BuzzyBee: Five to six years before my mother died, I actually broke that button on my late mother's microwave. My husband and I were just visiting her at the time. We bought and installed a newer style microwave for her.
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Another idea: they make a little gadget out of solid wood with a flat end to press crust dough into muffin cups...I would think a rubber band around it (for traction) might give you a better handle to hold...but all seem to require some strength.
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I remember when I needed a new microwave, and the only ones I seemed to be finding had that annoying button that required lots of strength to push it to get the door open. I looked and looked and finally found one with a handle like on a refrigerator. I've been very happy I found this! I suppose the manufacturers of microwaves have saved millions of dollars by not having to put on handles.... but there are a few who are still using them. Thank you to the Oster company!
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Maybe hold an unsharpened pencil that has an eraser on the end and press the start button with the eraser end so it won't slip? Maybe that can help you. 😊
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Is there a way to take a rod or cane and uses part of your body like your shoulder to push?
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I was going to suggest a handle or pen/pencil as well. That's what I had grandma use for years.
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Where there's a will there is a way and AC carers have lots of will.
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Gotta love these success stories!
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Whoo Hoo. Found an old wooden chisel handle. Had a rubber, self adhesive rubber table leg pad. Stuck it, trimmed it. Works lovely :) Fee free to use.
Thank you for the tool suggestion.
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LOL Not only suggestions but joke (ers) too :)
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Ah yes....Red Green..

If the women don’t find you handsome, at least they can find you handy!

Is that the way it went FF?

And my fav, the men’s possum lodge pledge:

I’m a man
And I can change
If I have to
I guess...
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Thank you all :) I will be diving into the drawer soon. I am sure I will be able to adapt (cough) mess up something to fit. I was just hoping that is had already been invented.
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Windyridge, we need to think like Red Green :)
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Buzzy, without seeing this thing it’s hard to make suggestions. Is the button part of the door handle? Like grab the door and push the button with your thumb to open?

If there’s anyone around who’s the slightest bit handy I would think it fairly easy to modify a kitchen spoon with some tape, a rubber cap etc. and make something.

Maybe channel locks. These are slip joint pliers. They can be adjusted to grab stuff from very small to very large.
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BuzzyBee, ah that large button near the bottom of the timing pad, those can be difficult to push open, so I know what you mean as I had one that would keep the door locked until I push that button.

Only thing I can think of trying is a handle on a screwdriver. The handle may give you an extra bit iof push to get that button to open. Just be real careful when using it.  Or go through your kitchen drawer that has odds and ends that one uses for cooking to see if anything else might work... just be sure it's not a light-weight plastic as it could snap, don't want you to get hurt. Maybe a small metal measuring spoon might work.
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Thank you. I will take a look. Trouble is the one I have is newish. I was hoping there was an 'assist' tool but Hey Ho (lol) I will try and save up for one with a handle. Thank you again.
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I would suggest investing in a new microwave. The kind that has a big handle you pull like a fridge handle. I have a cheap model (about $50)made by West Bend that has the added advantage of having several one-button settings (like, if you want something to heat for 4 minutes, you just hit 4 rather than a sequence like 4-0-0-Cook. Worth the money, IMO.
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